About the course
Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school science curriculum.
You will learn how to teach all three sciences to GCSE and your specialism, biology, chemistry or physics, up to A level.
You will explore various teaching methods in our laboratories, which mirror school science classrooms. You’ll consider how to plan lessons and manage activities. You'll learn how to reflect on your developing practice and how research can develop this.
Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language).
You will conduct some of the experiments you might use on your placements such as exploring the properties of electromagnets, extracting DNA from a kiwi fruit, and investigating the reactions of alkaline metals.
You will also have guest sessions with alumni and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS).
You won’t simply learn teaching methods with us on campus though you will also spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become the class teacher.
Your interview session will last a maximum of 4 hours. Interviews are conducted by tutors from the Faculty of Education and/or partnership schools.
During the interview, you will have the opportunity to:
• Relate the subject content of your education to the role of a secondary school teacher
• Discuss your relevant experience, e.g. voluntary or paid work, lesson observations, youth work etc.
• Give an account of your knowledge of the National Curriculum and what your chosen subject has to offer learners
• Communicate effectively your insights into teaching and learning
• Share views about the qualities of a good teacher
• Discuss how you might teach a topic from your chosen subject area
• Discuss principles of inclusion in education
How school placements work
We try to organise a range of school experiences for you across your two core placements. This helps you to develop your practical teaching skills and explore the types of schools you could work in when you graduate.
We have partnerships with primary and secondary schools across the North West region. As a trainee teacher, you’ll be expected to travel up to 90 minutes to your placement school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
These fees are for 2019/20 academic year and may be subject to change for 2020/21 academic year.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics 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 about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
Please see (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees/pgce-funding/) for information on financial support available.
2:2 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent), which must support the National Curriculum subject knowledge requirements
For exceptional candidates, particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools/relevant occupations, we consider applications from those with a 3rd class degree.
GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics (equivalency tests may be offered). We do not accept the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSE: Adult Numeracy or Literacy, Functional Skills or Key Skills.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a good understanding of teaching and learning within a secondary school setting. Candidates may wish to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings.
Disclosure and Barring Service Check
Fitness to Teach assessment
satisfactory declaration in relation to the Childcare Disqualification Regulation Act 2009 are all required.
About the training provider
At Manchester Met, you won’t just develop the practical and organisational skills you’ll need to teach a subject in the classroom. You’ll explore how children learn and factors that can affect the way we learn, from our environment to our teachers.
You will look at the latest educational research, identifying how research might help you in the classroom, perhaps when you’re dealing with children’s behaviour or you’re investigating if there’s a new way to teach a topic.
We offer University-led and School-led routes into teaching both Primary and Secondary education.
Both routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and include 60 masters level credits (a full-time masters degree typically consists of 180 credits, and you can usually put your 60 credits towards your masters).
We work with over 500 primary schools and over 400 secondary schools across the North West region. This means you could experience placements in inner city or rural settings, mixed or single gender, faith schools, selective or comprehensive schools. This variety helps you to experience different situations and develop your practical skills as a teacher in different settings.
You can also choose from over 20 secondary subject specialisms. Maybe you’re excited to share your love of Shakespeare or perhaps you can’t wait to hear your year 7 class share their first words in Mandarin. Or, you’re already thinking of all of the incredible science experiments you’ll show your class.
You will learn in a diverse community of students, replicating the environment you will experience in schools.
Training with disabilities and other needs
A member of staff from Disability Service is often available at MMU Open days and Visit Days to offer advice on disability related issues. However, you can always phone or email us if you have any specific queries.
Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to providing equal opportunities in education for all students and will take reasonable steps to meet both the general need for access and the specific needs of individuals with additional support needs. The University works with disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged as a result of their disability.
Before accepting a place, disabled applicants should explore how the university might be able to meet any additional study support or accommodation needs they may have. This should be done at the earliest opportunity by contacting the Disability Service on 0161 247 3491 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Faculty of Education (Manchester)
Birley Fields, Hulme, Manchester
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