About the course
PGCE Secondary School Direct (Mathematics) provides you with the practical training and theoretical knowledge required to become an outstanding Mathematics teacher.
Compared with non-School Direct teacher trainees, you will benefit from additional time in school before the PGCE starts and follow a modified version of the course. Throughout, you will focus on the 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19 age ranges in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), learning to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies surrounding GCSE, AS and A2-level study.
The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning-related skills. You will enjoy extended periods of school experience, which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary schools. In total, 25 weeks of your PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of school.
This practical training is underpinned by the development of your knowledge and understanding of educational theories, ideas and concepts, including current issues and developments.
We work with numerous schools in Greater Manchester to offer the School Direct route into teaching; all routes involve the joint selection of candidates by schools and tutors at The University of Manchester.
How school placements work
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
further education 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:
differentiation and assessment
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.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
- Minimum 2:2 honours degree in mathematics or some other subjects with a 50% mathematics component (such as some engineering or physics)
- Applicant 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.
- Minimum grade C or 4 at GCSE (or equivalent) in English language and mathematics.
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).
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/
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