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Secondary Education Mathematics PGCE

What is Secondary Education Mathematics PGCE?

We offer our students an exceptional training experience – if you’re looking for a lifelong, challenging and exciting career, teaching may be for you.

By incorporating current trends and issues into our teaching, you will be prepared as best as possible for the classroom. As a part of our distinctive and ambitious curriculum you will understand and apply your knowledge of:

  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Representation and Structure
  • Fluency
  • Coherence

You will develop a deep understanding how children learn informed by knowledge of theory.  You will explore the pedagogical skills of Mastery (inspired by the Shanghai Mathematics Teacher Exchange) including the themes of Coherence, Representation and Structure, Fluency, Variation, and Mathematical thinking and benefit from our links with local Mastery Champions and the “GLOW” Maths Hub.  You will also be encouraged to reflect on up-to-date research on the latest mathematics pedagogy, making critical evaluations and considering how it might influence your ongoing practice.

You will explore all areas of the Mathematics National Curriculum including Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Probability and Statistics and Geometry through your own subject knowledge enhancement and alongside the pedagogies that best support learning in each area.

You will explore practical skills relating to behaviour routines, planning, marking as well as resources and tools for teaching with technology, both in the classroom and online. You will have opportunities to work independently and collaboratively on group tasks.  You will get formative feedback regularly throughout your taught sessions.

You will explore how to teach a wide a range of assessments, including Level 3 qualifications AS, A Level Core Maths with specialist input from the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme.

You will have the opportunity to become a pioneer of Education for Sustainable development (EfS) through the teaching and learning of Maths including enrichment learning with the Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses.

We were founded as a teaching college 175 years ago, and following the introduction of new quality requirements, our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), have successfully achieved reaccreditation in 2022 by the Department of Education.

Our ITT courses have also recently been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, with inspectors highlighting their ‘unique’ emphasis on sustainability and the University’s strong partnership with schools.

Study style

During the Developing Phase of the curriculum, trainees will attend centre-based lectures and be introduced to Curriculum Key Themes;

  • Behaviour Management and High Expectations
  • Subject Knowledge and Curriculum Design
  • Adaptive Practice and Inclusion
  • Children’s Learning, Classroom Practice
  • Assessment
  • Professional and Ethical Practice.

During School Experience 1, trainees will be immersed in Adaptive Practice and Inclusion in a special school setting. During School Experience 2, trainees will start to apply their knowledge from the centre-based taught programme. During school-based training, trainees will revisit specific Curriculum Key Themes and attend centre-based training once a week.

During the Broadening Phase, trainees will build upon and extend the knowledge, skills and experience from School Experience 1 and 2 and the centre-based taught programme. During the Broadening Phase, trainees will be expected to revisit and broaden their knowledge and practice of the 5 curriculum areas and Curriculum Key Themes introduced at the Developing Phase, and will engage with new Curriculum Key Themes, such as:

  • Curriculum Design
  • Subject Knowledge
  • Sustainability
  • Employability
  • Research Informed Practice

During this phase of the curriculum, trainees will be supported to take on wider responsibilities as a part of the role of a trainee teacher and have opportunities to discuss, analyse and observe expert colleagues to support their progression through the Broadening Phase. Trainees will broaden their knowledge and experience of the primary phase, decolonising the curriculum, sustainability for education and other contemporary issues in education.

During the Enhancing Phase, trainees will enhance and extend the knowledge, skills and experience gained during School Experience 2 and the centre-based taught programme. During the Enhancing Phase, trainees will be expected to revisit and extend their knowledge and practice of the 5 curriculum areas:

  • Behaviour Management
  • Pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Assessment
  • Professional Behaviours

During this phase trainees will plan and deliver an enhancement project such as ‘Primary Sustainability Project’ which will promote a love of learning and intellectual curiosity. Trainees will enhance their knowledge across the curriculum and demonstrate their ability to be:

Graduate Ambassadors of Education

Leaders of Learning

Outstanding Teachers

Subject Experts

At the end of the secondary programme, our highly employable trainees will be able to further enhance their professional development and draw upon their essential ECT Toolkit gained during the course.

What we offer

  • Subject specialist input across all areas of your training.
  • Smaller group sizes to allow for more individual support both during the taught content and while on placement.
  • Opportunities to be involved in cross-curricular activities with other subject strands e.g. Geography.
  • Links to the local Maths Hub “GLOW” including taught sessions with local Mastery Champions and the opportunity to engage with Action Research Groups and CPD sessions.
  • Links with the Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses in Cheltenham and Bath.
  • Links with Advanced Mathematics Support Program including taught sessions in approaches to teaching Level 3 courses, including A level and Core Maths, and access to ongoing CPD opportunities.
  • Opportunities to gain a deep understanding of subject knowledge content and subject pedagogies across the age phases including primary and post 16.

Entry requirements

    • An honours degree, normally at 2.2 or above (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

      If you do not hold a 2.2 or above, we may be able to consider your application but will require additional information.

      If you do not hold a degree in a relevant subject we will be able to consider your application if you have other qualifications, such as A Levels or postgraduate qualifications in the subject.

    • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above, or an equivalent qualification.

      If you don’t have a traditional GCSE, get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • If you are offered a place on the programme you will be required to complete a health declaration, which will be assessed by the University Doctor.

    • The University of Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment.

      If you are offered a place it will be subject to:

      • Satisfactory Safeguarding checks including the receipt of a ‘satisfactory’ Enhanced DBS return including children’s barred list information
      • Satisfactory completion of suitability form
      • Verification of two references
      • Satisfactory Certificate of Good conduct, where applicable, for those who have lived or worked abroad

Course modules


Fees and costs

A bursary of £27,000 is available for trainees studying this course in 2023 and 2024. To find out more including other bursaries available, please visit the website.
Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Aug 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham 3D88 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham 3D88 TBC TBC
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham 3D88 TBC TBC

Ready to apply?

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work in secondary school teaching.

Industry links

Our vision is for all of our students to become graduate ambassadors for education, leaders of learning, outstanding teachers and subject experts.

Employment rates have been consistently high for graduates and we offer you the opportunity to gain Master’s credits which count towards a full Master’s degree. This can be used to take your career to the next level at a subsequent time. All students undertake Master’s level modules in addition to other compulsory modules. If you pass all elements of the course at Master’s level, the award title will carry Master’s credits and QTS.

Choose from eight subject specialisms

You can potentially combine Physical Education with Mathematics, English, History, Geography and a Science (subject to DfE approval) – however a minimum grade C in A Level for the EBacc subjects is required in addition to the general PGCE entry requirements. Although you’ll be equipped to teach the above subjects, the award gained will be in Physical Education. You’ll have weekly subject sessions with your Subject Leader throughout the programme.

Experience teaching in a minimum of two schools

Through our long-established networks, we can offer you a wide variety of placement opportunities. You’ll spend 26 weeks in at least two schools where you’ll receive valuable support from experienced, dedicated teachers.

Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2021 UoG graduate.

Discover your next step.

Education for sustainability - Green Gown Award nomination

Our ambitious curriculum includes Education for Sustainability – this is an aspect of our curriculum we champion and celebrate.

Our trainers were recently involved in a ChangeMakers Summit that was delivered to 120 young people from the Cheltenham Education Partnership, where they engaged in a range of workshops focusing on sustainability. The project was nominated for a UK Green Gown Award.