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PGCE Secondary (Mathematics)

Course Description

Bring your graduate expertise, skills and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of mathematics to children of all abilities from 11 to 18. Our full-time, one year PGCE programme in mathematics will qualify you for the 11-16 national standards for qualified teacher status (QTS) set by the Department for Education. The PGCE also goes beyond this into Key Stage 5 (16-18 years). Sharpen your skills and build the confidence you need for your future teaching career.

Key features

Build your confidence and gain practical teaching experience, with two main placements in local secondary schools and shorter visits to primary schools.

Access a range of bursary and funding options to help ensure you’re able to focus on your studies and placements.

Benefit from support throughout your training from both your faculty tutor and school mentors.

Stand out as a subject specialist with the knowledge, personal qualities and standards of professional competence necessary to stimulate the imagination of children and to maintain and improve standards in schools.

Learn about the latest curriculum developments, issues and innovations.

Deepen your understanding of teaching, and learn about the opportunities for continued professional development and the relationship between educators and society.

Make use of the latest technologies and developments in teaching and gain experience in developing multimedia resources for your subject.
Hone your CV, interview and job application skills and attend events that will introduce you to potential employers.

Leave with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin your career teaching mathematics to children of all abilities from 11-18.

Take advantage of free teacher training support from the Department for Education’s Premier Plus programme.

Our PGCE secondary programme is now part of the School Direct initiative, and we offer a wide range of subjects through this route.

Course details

You’ll take six core modules including induction and professional issues, teaching and learning in mathematics, developing subject pedagogy, and professional studies and practical teaching. We assess modules through either coursework or practical teaching. You’ll learn to draw on your experience of teaching and to provide evidence of reading and reflection.

We’ll support you with a range of graduated practical experiences which will allow you to develop confidence to take responsibility in the classroom. This tapered introduction to learning is a well established and successful feature of our teacher training. As a trainee teacher you’ll spend two thirds of your PGCE year in local schools with two main secondary school placements as well as shorter visits to primary schools. You’ll be supervised jointly by a school mentor and a faculty tutor.


Applications for this programme are made via the UCAS Teacher Training site.

All short-listed applicants are invited to an interview. You'll be sent an article to read beforehand, as well as suggestions for further research on a current topic, such as phonics. On the day there will be a presentation to give you information about the PGCE programme and an opportunity for you to ask questions. You'll be involved in a group discussion about the article and have a paired interview with a tutor on the PGCE course.

We are looking for people who can talk about educational issues and children's learning, drawing on their own personal experiences as a learner and on their observations of teachers in primary schools. There is also an audit of your English and maths skills with a short test. At the end of the process, we want you to be clear what the programme offers, what you can expect from us and what our expectations are of you.

Non-academic requirements:

You'll be required to complete a satisfactory DBS (formerly CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, register with the Independent Safeguarding Authority and complete a criminal convictions self-declaration form. You must be deemed fit to teach. You must be able to reflect on some significant experience (a minimum of ten days) in a relevant educational setting(s).

You'll need to pass your Professional Skills Tests (PST) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tests prior to the start of the course. For more information please visit the Department of Education website.

International applicants

If English is not your first language then we’ll need evidence of your proficiency in English as follows:

IELTS at level 7 in all four components or GCSE in English Language at grade C or above.
IELTS at level 6.5 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for a postgraduate degree completed in the UK.
IELTS at level 6 provided that it was used to meet the entry requirement for an undergraduate degree completed in the UK.
For more information please visit the IELTS website.

Visit the PGCE Secondary (Mathematics) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in English, mathematics and a science subject, and an honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, from a recognised university (masters and PhDs also count towards entry requirements. Your degree should be in mathematics or a strongly mathematical subject, for example engineering, otherwise a subject knowledge enhancement course would be required. Masters and PhDs count towards entry requirements. A masters degree will be considered as a second class upper degree and a PhD as a first. This will also apply to international applicants. For all other UK qualifications please refer to the UCAS website.

Course Fees

UK/EU: £9000, International: £12,250, Islands: £9000

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