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Secondary Education Mathematics, PGCE

Turn your passion and skill with maths into a rewarding career. Learn to motivate and nurture the next generation of students with a PGCE in mathematics at secondary level.

Our PGCE in secondary-level mathematics prepares you to become a professional, creative and reflective teacher. The course includes two school placements, university-based workshops, plus extensive support in the form of online materials. During your training, you will investigate how to address common errors and misconceptions through pedagogy. You will also improve your core subject knowledge of maths and explore how your skills relate to maths teaching.

Our lecturers will help you widen your individual skills, expertise and background knowledge in mathematics education. We'll build on your natural flair, so you successfully engage with young students. Past trainees have contributed to a national project run by the Personal Finance Education Group (now Young Enterprise) to provide financial education as part of the curriculum.

Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

Home fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in secondary education as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • Graduates will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Your training will include two school placements for vital on-the-job experience.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our PGCE in Secondary Education Mathematics. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100% of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Further information about entry

Candidates must also: 

  • Attend an interview. You will also be required to sit and pass a 30-minute Higher Tier GCSE Maths non-calculator paper at 70%+. Practice materials can be found at AQA, Edexcel and OCR exam board websites.
  • Pass the professional skills tests prior to starting the programme.

Available to overseas students?

No

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you’ll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a ‘blended model’ of teaching and learning. This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We’ll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two school placements plus support in the form of online materials. In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 30-40. Lectures are normally attended by 30-40, and seminars/tutorials by 30-40.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations, lesson planning and subject-specific tests. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

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.

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Dates and timetables

Academic year: September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, photocopying, travel costs, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two contrasting school placements plus support in the form of online materials.

How long is my placement?

Placement A is October to December and Placement B is January to June in two contrasting school placements.

What are the financial arrangements?

A bursary is available for some subjects.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

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

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

We offer pre-programme Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses to prepare you to teach in your specialist subject area and enhance your subject knowledge.

More about our SKE course.

SKE courses can range from 8-24 weeks. You may be eligible for a tax-free SKE training bursary of £200 per week to support you.

More about funding.

Accommodation information

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.