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Course Content

Course content

The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

Our PGCE Physics with Mathematics is aimed at students who show an aptitude in both subjects and who wish to combine the skills of two shortage areas. On completion of this PGCE trainees will be able to teach Physics 11-19 and Mathematics to at least KS3.

We particularly welcome applicants from a variety of science, engineering as well as physics backgroundswho feel that they have the skills to inspire young people and teach successfully in a very important area of the curriculum.

Physics and Maths teaching are stated government priorities nationally and therefore attractive bursaries are available to support your training. Subject to DfE funding and eligibility we offer a free, pre-entry six month Physics Skills Knowledge Enhancement course. These will be discussed at interview and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

This course is available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Features and benefits of the course

-State-of-the-art teaching facilities at our Brooks Building in Manchester

-Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges

-Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status

-Six month Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (subject to DfE funding and eligibility)

-Opportunity to apply for enrichment experience overseas

-Course includes 60 Masters Level credits or one third of a Masters degree

-Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

-Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. Trainees on the University-led ('Core') route typically spend at least 120 days on school-based training. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements are organised by Manchester Met and will be in at least two different schools or colleges and ranging from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

School Direct trainees are attached to a specified ('lead') school within an alliance of schools and will typically spend at least 135 days on school-based training, depending on the term-times of the school(s) involved. The lead school organises placements.

All trainees also have the opportunity to apply for a four week enrichment experience overseas. These help to develop an international educational perspective and provide the chance to gain some teaching experience in an international school. Enrichment is in addition to PGCE units of study and opportunities may differ year on year, for example, in 2016 trainees were placed at British International Schools in Kazakhstan, Cyprus or Norway or public schools in Orleans, France.

About the Course

We will offer a range of teaching opportunities which we believe will enhance the training experience. Support throughout is provided through a university tutor as well as a school mentor and the delivery will be by a combination of school based training and classroom experience.

Subject knowledge enhancement courses in Physics are available to ensure that trainees are fully familiar with the content of the school curriculum.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Assessment details

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.


Visit the Secondary Physics with Mathematics with QTS - PGCE page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

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