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Mathematics PGCE

Mathematics is a core area of the secondary curriculum, which equips people with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. On this PGCE course, you will study and learn about issues in mathematics education ranging from the theoretical to the practical, while teaching both at the University and in school.

The course lasts 36 weeks between September and June, with one third of the time spent in University-based sessions such as lectures, group participation and guided reading, and the remainder working in at least two of our partner schools.

You will be supported by tutors while in the university, and by professional and subject mentors while in schools, encouraging the development of teaching skills specifically for the secondary sector and blending work-based learning experience and supervised teaching practice.

The programme offers trainees a choice between the Professional and the Postgraduate route, with the latter allowing trainees to graduate with 60 M-level credits.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, with approximately 50% Mathematics content. GCSE Mathematics and English language at grade C (Grade 4) or above, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance. All applicants must pass the National College for Teaching and Leadership's professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course.

Applicants whose first language is not English, and who do not have GCSE English language at grade C or above, require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component less than 6.0.

Course modules

The course is essentially practical and two-thirds of your time will be spent in school where you will be working closely with mentors and other school staff.

Throughout the year you will be engaged in considering a range of subjects including:

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement
  • ICT in the classroom
  • Lesson Planning
  • Classroom management
  • Research into the pedagogy and psychology of learning mathematics
  • Special Needs and Inclusion
  • Assessment
  • Teaching and assessment

Assessment methods

How are you assessed?

The assessment procedures adopted throughout the course are mainly formative in nature and designed to ensure that trainees meet the Standards for Qualifying to Teach.

In each term you will be assessed on:

  • The development of your teaching skills
  • A formal assignment
  • An interview in which you will demonstrate the evidence collected towards the standards including your subject knowledge

Throughout the course you will collate a portfolio of evidence based on schoolwork, observations of teaching, tasks and assignments.


UK/EU fees include Channel Islands and Isle of Man students.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,600 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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