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PGCE Secondary Mathematics PGCE

Course Description

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'.

Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. London schools are the “international education success story of the past 10 years”’ (Husbands IOE). Come to London Met and be part of this success.

About the course

The course emphasises teaching mathematics from 11-16 years with opportunities to develop A-Level teaching. It draws on current debates in mathematics and aims to develop classroom practices that are engaging and contribute to the raising of standards and participation in mathematics. Course contributors are drawn from across the spectrum and alumni, who are now working in schools, to develop a course in which students regularly gain work as teaches across London.

This course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status whether you apply to London Met for PGCE or through the PGCE School Direct at London Met application process. Please see the How to Apply section for the UCAS Provider details of our partner schools.

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and NQTs are prepared well to meet the specific challenges of pupils in the context of London schools." Ofsted 2015.


There are three elements to assessment:

Practical teaching experience is assessed in relation to the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status.
A Professional Reflective Portfolio is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience.
There is a research assignment at the end of the year which focusses on the implementation of a key area of educational policy in the area of mathematics.

There are no examinations.

Modular structure

Students spend two thirds of the course in schools. School-based work consists of structured observation visits, curriculum projects and teaching practice.

It focuses on the developing a repertoire of interactive teaching styles including ICT and group work. Students consider all aspects of the maths curriculum before starting school placements and start with a comprehensive set of teaching resources. This is supplemented by a range of distance learning platforms which mean they are well supported when in schools.

The course structure provides for increasing amounts of school-based work with a gradual progression to whole-class teaching, with responsibility for management and assessment of pupils increasing accordingly. During the year, you will have two substantial periods of school experience in different secondary schools. You will also spend two days in a primary school, which you must arrange yourself.

University-based work involves a variety of learning activities. Lectures and workshops provide formal opportunities to extend your subject knowledge and explore the principles of effective teaching. Workshops also provide opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your experiences in school, and to learn from one another.

At London Met we have a unique partnership arrangement with our schools where, in most cases, students applying via the School Direct route will undertake the exact same programme of study as our students on our ‘core’ allocation PGCEs at the University.
If successful in your application for this course the departmental administration team will be in touch with information on how the placements are to be arranged.

What our students say

“Choosing to complete my teacher training at London Metropolitan University was the best career decision I ever made. Studying in the heart of London, while being surrounded by a diverse body of staff and students was exactly the preparation I needed for teaching in inner London secondary schools.

"London Met’s commitment to tackling the challenging issues surrounding modern urban education was, I believe, a key factor in my rapid progression to the position of Head of Department after just four years of teaching. Having gained a unique insight into the value of teacher education throughout my undergraduate studies, I then embarked on a Master’s in Education, again with London Met. After successfully completing this, I am now in my eighth year in the profession and currently considering an EdD.” Rosie Walsh former PGCE Secondary Maths

After the course

On successful completion of the course you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status for teaching Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (age 14-16). London Metropolitan’s students have an excellent rate of gaining Qualified Teacher Status and finding teaching positions within six months of graduating.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the PGCE Secondary Mathematics PGCE page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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