The University of Manchester Mathematics (G1X1)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
10 Months. [Full-Time]
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/

Contents

Course summary

PGCE Secondary (Mathematics) will train you to teach mathematics across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range.

It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum, GCSE and A-level.

Completion leads to a postgraduate qualification and recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS).

University-based sessions will enable you to reflect on teaching methods, education theories, ideas and concepts, and will enhance your awareness of current educational issues and developments.

The University works with a large variety of schools, comprehensives, grammar schools, specials schools, pupil referral units and sixth-form colleges, which allows us to personalise your school experience to your individual needs.

Mathematics is an exciting and creative subject and you will construct your own understandings through working collaboratively on engaging, challenging tasks and reflecting on your experiences.

School placements

The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.

As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study.

We maintain close contact with our partnership establishments at every stage of the programme. These include:

11-18 and 11-16 comprehensive and independent schools city academies further education colleges sixth-form colleges specialist schools (e.g technology colleges, arts colleges).

As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two-thirds of your course in schools or colleges, and the remaining time in University-based study. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.

Both your mentors and tutors will help you to record your achievements and set targets. During each placement, a University tutor will observe you teach, and at the end of each school experience, you will receive a report from your mentor. The report will grade you in the following areas:

teaching planning differentiation and assessment learning environment wider professional responsibilities.

The grades are awarded by your mentor in conjunction with your University tutor. These reports, together with your record of achievement and development, facilitate your progression as a teacher.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Applicants who do not have a substantial amount (50% minimum) of mathematics in their degree may be eligible for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course provided they have either an A-level in mathematics at grade B or above, or grade C if they can demonstrate sustained academic progression since A-level.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Currently, the University of Manchester does not offer equivalency tests, but would accept equivalency tests from these providers:

https://www.equivalencytesting.com/

https://www.bcu.ac.uk/education-and-social-work/initial-teacher-training/gcse-equivalency-test/gcse-equivalency-tests-non-bcu-applicants

https://astarequivalency.co.uk/

Other requirements

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £21,000

About the training provider

The University of Manchester is part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities and our research and teaching quality is recognised across the globe.

Choose Manchester and you’ll put yourself ahead of the competition when the time comes to begin your career. With an award-winning careers service and courses built with your employability in mind, it’s no surprise that 94% of our trainees find employment at the end of the course.

By choosing a PGCE with us, you’ll benefit from postgraduate-level study at a highly regarded university and significant school-based teaching experience. We are:

  • Rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
  • Best university provider of postgraduate teacher training in the North of England (The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017).

Interview process

Your application will be assessed by our admissions team and if successful, we will invite you to an online interview and share the relevant information.
The interview process will involve a personal interview with an academic member of staff. You will be also asked to conduct a short teaching task and complete a subject knowledge assessment.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Disabled students make up over 15% of University of Manchester students, and we’re proud to offer an accessible and inclusive service.

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (sometimes called the DASS) supports a variety of different people, whether students, staff or supporters. We want to help you succeed - in your studies, work, and the rest of your University experience.

For more information please follow this link: http://www.dso.manchester.ac.uk/

Contact this training provider

Email
pgce@manchester.ac.uk
Telephone
0161 306 1311
Website
https://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/education/study/pgce/
Address
Manchester Institute of Education
Oxford Road
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M13 9PL

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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