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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    02 August 2017

Course content

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for mathematics and inspire the next generation of children and young people.

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach mathematics at higher level Key Stage 4 and post-16.

Mathematics teachers are in high demand, so the employment prospects when you qualify are very good. Mathematics is a national priority subject so you could be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary whilst you train

During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by

  • enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
  • learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching mathematics and the wider curriculum
  • building your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
  • developing a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies
  • developing your classroom management and behaviour management skills
  • using a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
  • learning about the wider role of teachers in school
  • learning about the way schools and the education system function
  • understanding how to apply your skills and knowledge in a school setting
  • developing your evaluation and critical reflection skills
  • meeting the requirements of the Teachers' Standards

You will complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16 or 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.

While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. There are placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions and also partnerships with leading schools on the School Direct programme.

During the course, you will complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCE). Both qualifications will earn you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but the PGCE also gives you 60 academic credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

On the School Direct route, the school or partnership of schools that you have applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development. The university works directly with these schools to deliver the academic content of the qualification

For more information visit our School Direct page

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure


  • developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and pedagogy in secondary mathematics
  • developing and reflecting on professional practice
  • school-based training 1
  • school-based training 2


  • enquiry projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice


We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Many students gain employment in the region thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did school based training — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a employment at a school that you already know.

There is currently a national and regional shortage of mathematics teachers, so mathematics is a great subject choice for your PGCE. 

Visit the Secondary Mathematics PGCE page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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