Taught course

PGCE in Secondary Education (Mathematics) with recommendation for QTS

Brunel University, London · Education

Entry requirements

•An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the field in which you intend to teach. Normally this should be a 2.2 classification or above in preparation for Masters level professional study. •Maths and English grades A* to C or equivalent at GCSE level. •Passed the required Skills Tests - via the UCAS TT application cycle. Brunel University London will accept applications for our PGCE courses prior to completion of the NCTL Skills Tests. However, if you are offered a place on one of the programmes and have yet to meet the requirements of passing the Skills Tests, then your offer will be conditional based on passing these tests by a date specified in your offer letter.


Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Secondary Mathematics course has a practical basis with attention given to resourcing, planning and productive classroom methodologies. Attention is given to the enhancement of Student teachers' subject knowledge through directed and independent study and school based experience enables you to meet the Teachers’ Standards.

The course is organised in termly blocks which address both Education Studies and Mathematics Subject Studies, the understanding of which is developed as the year progresses. Throughout the course, theory and practice are integrated in both the University and school contexts. The course is planned and delivered in partnership with Mathematics colleagues in local schools. The Teachers’ Standards are mapped to every aspect of course provision to facilitate the best possible opportunities to support the process of your professional learning.

Mathematics is one of the three core subjects in the National Curriculum along with English and Science. As such, it is accorded a high status and there are ample opportunities for the promotion of good teachers.

Attitudes among pupils to the subject are extremely varied. The challenge for you is to bring Mathematics to life and inspire pupils of all abilities to explore the subject's potential at an appropriate level. You have to be able to encourage and support pupils who struggle with Mathematics or lack enthusiasm for the subject, and learn how to make it accessible to them. You also have to be able to extend those who enjoy and are successful in the subject. The PGCE Secondary Mathematics Education course is very popular, drawing on outstanding expertise and experience in Education to build upon your commitment to the teaching profession and the subject area.

This intensive programme combines courses in principles and methods of teaching with practical school-based teaching placements and students are assessed on both elements.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas) or equivalent required

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,170 (Schools Direct salaried); £9,250 (non-Schools Direct)
International students
£14,400 full-time

NCTL Bursaries

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Brunel Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1895 265599