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Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status MSc with QTS / PGCE

Our Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers and not just learners of items in a mathematics curriculum.

The Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is practically based, with 24 of the 36 weeks spent in our partner schools. University weeks are organised with half a day on General Professional Studies and two full days on Mathematics Education. Work is set to be done on the remaining days of the week which will feed in to the Mathematics Education sessions.

The PGCE course at Loughborough has been judged on three occasions to be an ‘outstanding’ course by Ofsted and has had excellent reports from External Examiners.

The Mathematics Education Centre is one of the leading research centres for mathematics education in the country and has an outstanding international reputation. The Director of Mathematics PGCE also has an international reputation for research as well as one of the best known mathematics educators in the country. He has published widely in both national professional journals and international research journals. He has 11 years’ experience teaching in schools, including five years as Head of Faculty and has trained nearly 1,000 teachers over the past 26 years. Some of those are now Head Teachers whilst a group of ex-trainee teachers recently won the TES Maths Team of the Year award (2015). He has also won two teaching awards at the University of Birmingham before moving to Loughborough to start up the new Mathematics PGCE course in 2014.

The course sits within the Mathematics Education Centre which has an international reputation for research into mathematics education. This means that the course is research-informed as well as practically-based.

Sessions are taught by a highly experienced teacher and teacher trainer with sessions also run by teachers from partner schools with particular specialisms.

What you'll study

Our Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is designed to produce well-qualified subject-specialist teachers for secondary schools, who engage in critical reflective practice to further develop their teaching and enhance pupil learning.

Modules

This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules:

The Mathematics PGCE course is part of a Masters in Education (Mathematics) with QTS. The Mathematics PGCE involves the following compulsory modules:

  • General Professional Studies
  • Professional Studies (Mathematics)
  • Practical Teaching

Successful completion of these modules gains a PGCE. If the first three modules are also passed at Masters level then 90 credits are gained towards a Masters degree. It is optional as to whether students wish to continue to complete their Masters degree. If they do then the following modules complete the Masters degree.

The first of these takes place through an intensive one week course immediately following the completion of the PGCE course. The research project can be completed part-time in the second year of teaching and is a distance education course so that it can be completed wherever someone gains their teaching post.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including written assignments and group presentation.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Mathematics Education Centre is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Coming from such a prestigious course where trainee teachers are encouraged to be reflective and develop their own style of teaching mathematics means that they are often sought after by schools, with many gaining jobs within our partnership schools.

Graduate destinations

All trainees passing the Mathematics PGCE course have gone on to get jobs and the prospects for them are extremely good with opportunities as a mathematics teacher to progress to take on responsibilities within their school.

Your personal development

The Department prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers and not just learners of items in a mathematics curriculum.


Visit the Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status MSc with QTS / PGCE page on the Loughborough University website for more details!

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