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School Direct (Tuition Fee): Mathematics PGCE

Course Description

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established Mathematics PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

Degree information

The Mathematics PGCE provides an understanding of the nature of mathematics and why it is taught in schools, how pupils learn to think and reason mathematically and how to teach mathematics in such a way that learners enjoy it and choose to study it. Students will learn how to implement research and evidence informed teaching and how to conduct small scale research of your own. Students will also be informed about established knowledge in mathematics education as well as up to date with the latest developing ideas.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits. These can be carried forward onto full Master’s programmes at the IOE.

The Secondary PGCE consists of three core modules: two Master’s-level modules, which are assessed through written assignments, and the Professional Practice module, which is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in placement schools.

Completion of the Professional Practice module and the two level 7 (Master’s level) modules (60 credits) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Completion of the Professional Practice module and one or two level 6 (undergraduate/Bachelor’s level) modules, will lead to the Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Mathematics, Curriculum and Pedagogy (30 Master's-level credits)
-Mathematics Curriculum in a Wider Context (30 Master's-level credits)
-Professional Practice

Student Teachers undertake at least two placements (totaling 120 days) at a school or college, during which time their teaching practice is supported by a school subject tutor and mentor. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio. We are fortunate to have a good choice of schools with whom we work, with many outstanding mentors and strong mathematics departments.

Teaching and learning
The Mathematics PGCE is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the IOE, as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, assignments and a portfolio (which links with continuing professional development in the induction year).


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as advisers and consultants in continuing professional development, while others have jobs as mathematics teachers, heads of department and school leaders. Graduates in this area can also be found working as lecturers and researchers in mathematics education.

A PGCE from the IOE carries considerable currency in schools, which alongside the quality of training you receive, puts you in a strong position in the employment market. Last year, all those students who sought employment in a school were successful. We expect 100% success rate in gaining a post in a school by the end of the year.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in London, the UK and across the world. The Maths PGCE programme at the IOE is rigorously informed by research, including developments internationally. Students learn how to make mathematics meaningful, interesting and fun and how to analyse their own and their pupils’ development.

In partnership with London schools, we support all routes into mathematics teaching, allowing students to benefit from a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise. Students will also be able to develop strong peer networks to share ideas, resources and advice.

Tutors are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools, and are all active researchers working with schools and government on policy development in the UK and overseas.

Our joint conference in June brings together nearly 200 Mathematics PGCE students from across all routes to work together with tutors and visiting experts to wrestle with policy issues in mathematics education.

Visit the School Direct (Tuition Fee): Mathematics PGCE page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Mathematics, or mathematical content of 50% or more. Prospective students must complete a minimum of five days of school experience before they can be enrolled on the Secondary PGCE. Applicants must ensure that their school experience is relevant in helping them to prepare for the Secondary PGCE, during which Student Teachers are placed in a wide range of schools across London and the South East. You will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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