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PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

Course Description

"Edge Hill University provides its trainees, regardless of their chosen age range, with outstanding training": Grade 1 'outstanding' results across all 33 inspected outcomes - Ofsted Initial Teacher Education inspection report, 12/5/2011.

This comprehensive programme incorporates the very latest curriculum requirements and offers you the chance to learn from leading experts in Mathematics teacher training. You will strengthen your subject knowledge and boost your personal and professional ICT skills, ensuring you are at the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies. Hands-on classroom experience provides opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.


If you have a degree in Mathematics, or a related subject, want to develop the numeric and problem-solving abilities of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, and wish to learn the latest professional methods to make you a confident and capable teacher, this programme is for you.


You will experience professional training, delivered to the highest standards and incorporating the very latest teaching and learning pedagogies, to help you take up your first teaching post with confidence.


A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme also aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.


You'll spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident in the classroom.

You'll also plan and deliver a Saturday morning masterclass for local young people. This will help you adopt appropriate strategies to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.


Tutors at the forefront of national developments within secondary education, who write Mathematics schemes for national publication and have an excellent reputation for training high quality professionals. Some are qualified as OfSTED inspectors. A recent OfSTED report also praised our partnerships with schools, noting that our trainees have the opportunity to work with good quality teaching staff whilst on placement.


A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Mathematics.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at secondary school level in Mathematics.

Our proactive careers advisory service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To join this programme you should have: a first degree from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification which has a proportion of mathematical content (enhancement routes are available); a degree classification at 2:2 or above; an A level in Mathematics (or equivalent level 3 qualification); GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification); satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence; a demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy must be successfully completed prior to entry. Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure required.

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