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Secondary Mathematics with QTS

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 Mathematics has an outstanding reputation for producing high calibre Mathematics teachers. Mathematics teaching is a stated government priority nationally and a shortage subject, meaning successful trainees are highly employable. Attractive bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership. 

Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run free pre-entry Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses for national priority subjects, including Mathematics. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support in some areas and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

A minimum of 120 days school-based practice training is combined with university-based training and periods of independent study.  Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

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.

Entry requirements

2:2 or above is normally required, or equivalent in Mathematics or another subject that was at least 50% Mathematics e.g. physics or some engineering subjects.   

For exceptional candidates – particularly those with substantial relevant work experience in schools or relevant occupations – we will consider applications from those who hold a 3rd class degree.

Graduates whose qualifications do not contain sufficient mathematics for this programme will be considered for one of our mathematics enhancement courses (24 or 36 weeks) followed by the one year PGCE. 

Degrees likely to be satisfactory for the one year PGCE course without enhancement:

  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics with another subject
  • Physics
  • Some Engineering degrees

Degrees where a Mathematics Enhancement course is necessary:

  • Economics, accounting and finance
  • Other science and engineering degrees
  • Social science, humanities.

You will also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics.  However, applicant are able to apply with GCSEs pending for this course and in exceptional circumstances MMU GCSE Equivalency tests may be offered. This will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor and will only be offered if considered appropriate after interview.

Experience in educational settings
Prior to applying to Manchester Met, it is valuable to draw upon your experience in different learning contexts. This can be evidenced in several ways, such as time spent in schools or colleges, relevant practical experience in industry, voluntary organisations and other settings.

You should clearly reference this experience in your application and comment on the insights you have gained into the professional teaching role.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy

All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. We recommend you check the Department of Education website at for the latest updates.

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

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


  • A-Level Mathematics or equivalent
  • An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
  • Excellent inter-personal skills
  • An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenges of teaching in a Secondary school
  • An understanding of how learning develops within an engaging rich and broad context, with recognition of the contribution made by parents and carers
  • Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young students, an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction, to listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, awareness of, and commitment to, issues relating to Equal Opportunities and providing all students with an inclusive learning environment
  • Intellectual capacity to critically reflect upon experience and personal challenges

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop your 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

Assessment methods

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.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the students term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Students are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances, such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. If you are applying through the School Direct route, the lead school will take responsibility for arranging all practice credit units including placement experiences. You should expect some travel to other schools e.g. for your second placement. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 14,400 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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