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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Course Description

Develop as a highly qualified, effective and confident teacher of mathematics, with the knowledge and skills to teach a broad spectrum of mathematical concepts, including the use of investigational, collaborative and problem solving activities; and achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Intermediate qualifications available:
• Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (a department of the Department for Education) to deliver Initial Teacher Training

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/secondary-maths#about

Course detail

• Study on a course designed to enable you to join a challenging and rewarding profession – becoming an effective and inspiring teacher who draws on broad subject specific knowledge and secure understanding of teaching and learning theories - with the knowledge and skills to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings
• Explore your understanding of teaching and learning secondary mathematics, as you apply your subject knowledge and expertise to planning teaching and managing the mathematics classroom, honing your skills of critical self-evaluation and improvement
• Develop your creativity and team-working skills, preparing you to influence and lead in educational settings and enhancing your own sense of independence
• Gain confidence in analysing the evidence of your own practical experience during placements in schools, informing your future actions as you evaluate the impact of applying theory to your teaching practice
• Benefit from a qualification that gives you recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), enabling you to gain employment in a school, with opportunities for continuous development through further study at MA/MSc, MPhil, PhD and EdD levels.


• The Professional Teacher
• The Reflective Teacher*
• The Research Informed Teacher*
• The Subject Specialist (Secondary Mathematics)

*denotes units that can be assessed at Masters level


Mathematics is a challenging and demanding subject within the school curriculum. You will develop the skills to teach a broad spectrum of mathematical concepts using a variety of different approaches, including a focus on the development of thinking skills through investigational, collaborative and problem-solving activities. You will also engage with relevant research literature and develop the skills of a reflective and research informed practitioner.

You will spend around 70% of your time in school and attend university based subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars, which are designed to develop awareness and understanding of general professional issues, the nature and content of the mathematics curriculum and the role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in relation to mathematics and issues such as planning and assessment.

You will obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and up to 60 Masters level credits.


The Teachers’ Standards 2012 provide the framework by which your progress in your teaching is judged. These are supplemented with descriptors which support you in understanding the qualities, which define the level at which you meet the standards.

Your assignments and documentary evidence are managed through a webfolio, bringing together your experiences and activities into a coherent structure. It will help you engage in critical self-evaluation of your practice, enabling you to identify areas of strength and areas for future development.


and national demand for University of Bedfordshire graduate teachers is high. Annual destinations surveys show that 90% of graduate teachers will have secured full-time teaching posts to begin in the year of graduation, with a further 9% working in part-time teaching positions.

The course is framed by a commitment to help you to develop the characteristics of a University of Bedfordshire graduate teacher. You will be challenged to explore theories of teaching and learning and to examine the implications of such theories for your own development.

On completion of the course you will have the appropriate attitude, knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the children’s and schools’ workforce agenda and to lead learning and initiate change in educational settings.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PGCE Secondary Mathematics page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Eimear Sheehan

The PGCE year equipped me with the professional skills required for teaching, while moulding me into a reflective practitioner. The school placements along with the tutor guidance prepared me for the fast paced environment of teaching in a secondary school.

(Student Profile)

Anwar Salihin

I chose the University of Bedfordshire because of its reputation for teaching. I have now secured a job in the High School in Luton. My experience on the course has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. I truly believe the support and reassurance I received from the staff enabled me to accomplish my goal of becoming an inspiring teacher. I would highly recommend the course to anyone thinking of enrolling. It is the dedication of the staff that makes this course successful!

(Student Profile)

Olubukola Adeniyi

The University has a great reputation for teaching and I love mathematics so the PGCE in Mathematics at Bedfordshire was the obvious choice for me. The library has vast resources on offer and the staff are very supportive


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Further requirements: View Website -- English language requirements: View Website

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