Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach across the secondary school mathematics curriculum.
You’ll learn strategies to help you teach a variety of topics in mathematics classes, including handling data, geometry and algebra. You’ll also explore practical activities that you can use in or outside the classroom that encourage students to engage in mastering mathematics.
We know it can be daunting to teach a class, so during the first few weeks of this PGCE, you’ll typically plan short activities, together with a lesson based on a script and present them to fellow student teachers. This helps you to become comfortable presenting in front of a group and to explore different ways of engaging learners.
When you’re at Manchester Met, you’ll mainly study with your PGCE Mathematics group. You’ll consider how to plan lessons, reflect on your planning, learn how research can develop your teaching practice, and look at ways to develop your teacher persona.
As well as researching methods to teach fractions or problem solving, you’ll spend 120 days on a variety of placements in schools.
For some of your placements, you might be part of a small group, planning lessons collaboratively and team teaching to share and develop your mathematics skills. You’ll gradually increase your involvement to become an expert practitioner.
When you graduate, you’ll gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and can work at any level in schools and colleges.