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Secondary Education Mathematics, PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you have a passion to teach maths to young people, our PGCE will expand your skills, expertise and knowledge
  • Your training will include two school placements for vital on-the-job experience
  • We give you the option of a face-to-face Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting your PGCE.



Do you have a desire to motivate and stimulate students from diverse backgrounds to study mathematics?

If you have an interest and strong background in maths, our teacher training programme is for you. In addition to possessing sound mathematical skills, we are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion to communicate and break down this complex subject to young secondary school students.

The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted's report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report identified that "Trainees demonstrate a good understanding of the requirements of the teachers' standards. Trainees and NQTs are reflective and self-motivated."

Your teacher training

Our programme will prepare you to become a professional, creative, competent and reflective teacher.

You will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's-level credits as part of our PGCE. In addition to university-based workshops, our programme includes two school placements plus extensive support in the form of online materials.

During your training, you will be investigating how to address common errors and misconceptions through pedagogy. All the while you will be improving your core subject knowledge of maths and how these skills relate to Maths Mastery.

Your development and future

Our expert lecturers will work with you to widen your individual skills, expertise and background knowledge across the field of mathematics education. This will build on your natural flair and passion as a teacher so you will successfully engage with young students.

Our past trainees have also contributed to a national project run by the Personal Finance Education Group. This supports schools in the teaching and learning of financial mathematics.

Subject knowledge enhancement

We offer a variety of Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses prior to starting your PGCE.


  • 98% indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities
  • 98% indicated that the programme helped them secure employment
  • 84% were employed within 6 months of completing the programme (SED 2015-16).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition candidates must: 

  • At interview you will also be required to sit and pass a 30 minute style Higher Tier GCSE Maths non-calculator paper at 70%+. To prepare for this practice materials can be found at,, AQA, Edexcel and OCR exam boards websites.
  • Pass the professional skills tests prior to starting the programme. For more information see:
  • Pass a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.


  • It is recommended that applicants spend some time observing in a secondary school before interview
  • Some applicants may need to work on the development of their subject knowledge. We offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course to develop your mathematics knowledge at higher GCSE and AS level.

You can apply via UCAS at

What people say

The teachers were very knowledgeable and yet very approachable at the same time. My first work placement was a challenging school in a very urban area. It had a real buzz about it! They offered me a job and I'm really enjoying doing my NQT year there.

Aimi Plant, PGCE Secondary School Mathematics

My work placement was very challenging and I learned a lot. My mentors were fantastic - really helpful! I'm now a secondary school maths teacher. I think the PGCE course and intense workload prepared me very well for my teaching career.

Gabriel Mahebo, PGCE Secondary School Mathematics

Extra information


Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also written and practical assignments with opportunities for Master's level credits in the postgraduate version.

Professional recognition

Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Graduates are equipped for careers working in secondary schools and other educational settings.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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