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PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics

Course Description

All PGCE applicants for 2014 entry will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Department of Education have indicated there will be notable changes to the structure and content of 2013 tests, but have not yet confirmed details of these changes. We advise applicants to monitor http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for updates.

Some experience of observation in a mainstream secondary state school (For further information go to http://www.tda.org.uk)

Knowledge of physics in the science curriculum and a capability in mathematics.

The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and standard written English.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and DfE Fitness to Teach test are also required.

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for high quality initial teacher training which was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in their last inspection. We work with over 1,500 schools, colleges and educational organisations and offer a wide range of of secondary specialisms.

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. The course is delivered by both the Science and Mathematics faculties and, on completion, trainees will be able to teach Physics 11-19 and Mathematics to at least KS3.

We particularly welcome applicants from a variety of Science and Engineering backgrounds who 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.

This course will be based at our £139 million new academic building at Birley Fields, All Saints campus in Manchester city centre. Further details at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/birleyfields

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 (6 months and 2 week booster) will be 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.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:

Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
Working in multi-professional teams
Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
Learning and teaching strategies
Managing students' behaviour
Planning and evaluating students' learning
Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Over 85 per cent of our trainees have secured a post within six months of completing their PGCE. Science and Maths are nationally recognised shortage subjects, therefore 'in demand'. Trainees receive sustained support in their attempts to secure employment. Many of our ex-trainees now hold positions of responsibility in our partnership schools. An effective Partnership structure and commitment to life-long learning are integral to our teacher training. Post PGCE we offer ongoing support via our Alumni networks and a flexible continuing development programme.

We offer a broad range of opportunities for postgraduate study, including MSc STEM, MAs in Education, Educational Leadership and Management and Inclusive Education and SEN. Our Education and Social Research Institute, ranked in the UK top 10, provides opportunities to study to PhD level.

School placements are central to this course. 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 will be in at least two different schools or colleges and will range 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. The Enrichment Phase also offers placements in settings other than schools.

Special Features

. PGCE Secondary programmes rated 'outstanding' in 2011 Ofsted Inspection.
. Training tailored across diverse educational settings
. National reputation in secondary teacher education based on a wide range of subject disciplines and an effective partnership structure.
. Includes 60 M-level CAT points, or one third of a Masters degree - we offer an MSc Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM)
. Subject enhancement/boosters available - see http://www.mmu.ac.uk/education/pgce
. Range of bursaries available - see http://www.education.gov.uk for details
. Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching

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

Entry Requirements

First degree with a minimum of a 2.2 is normally rquired, incorporating at least 50% Physics (this includes most engineering degrees). Candidates will normally be expected to engage in at least two weeks of experience in relevant school setting(s) prior to application to the course to develop an appropriate understanding of the role of the teacher in the classroom and at school. Grade C in English and Mathematics at GCSE

Course Fees

UK and EU students full-time £9,000 · Non-EU overseas students full-time £12,500

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