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The PGCE Mathematics at King’s gives trainees practical and theoretical ideas on the teaching of mathematics as well as modelling ways in which mathematics can be taught in the classroom. Trainees benefit from the college’s unique mathematics free school for sixth form students, King’s College London Mathematics School, with opportunities to work alongside and learn from teachers at this school.

King’s has established strong links with excellent partner schools and can offer trainees a rich and diverse experience of curriculum planning and delivery beyond the experience gained from their two placement schools.

Key benefits

  • PGCE courses at King’s are rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent and knowledgeable staff on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).
  • Opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely.
  • A working partnership with a broad range of up to 150 schools in London and beyond, providing unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students.
  • 94% of 2018 graduates who sought teaching posts were employed within 6 months of qualifying.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master’s-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master’s degree in your chosen profession.

Description

The Mathematics PGCE is a full-time course that consists of four required modules and two blocks of teaching experience based in secondary schools within London and Greater London. You will complete the course within ten months, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You’ll engage in education, pedagogy and professional studies sessions and curriculum workshops. These will take place in both university and school settings and will develop your expertise in general educational and professional issues, as well as subject pedagogy.

You’ll gain the skills and understanding to take up positions in schools as a teacher of your subject with the potential to contribute fully to the life of the school.

School Direct Route: The School Direct teacher training route is composed of a partnership between King’s College London and a lead school. Students apply to the lead school for admission to the programme. The academic components of the course are delivered by King’s College London whilst the secondary school teaching experience is organised by the lead school.

Course purpose

For those wishing to train as teachers of pupils aged 11-18 in mathematics, our programme will lead to the DfE Standards for QTS which are assessed through teaching practice observation, portfolios and written assignments.

Location

Students undertake placements in secondary schools that work in partnership with King’s College London. Partnership schools are located across central London and the Greater London area. Whilst every effort is made to place PGCE trainees in local schools, due to the changing nature of initial teacher education and limited availability of placements in certain subject areas, trainees should be prepared to travel to their placement schools throughout the Greater London area and beyond.

Students also organise their own short placement at a state primary school. Further information on this short placement is provided during the course.

Career prospects

The majority of trainees go into teaching or other areas of education; many become heads of departments or members of senior management teams; some take up careers in educational administration in the advisory or inspection services.

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Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Mathematics) PGCE page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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