Taught course

PGCE Mathematics

King's College London · Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

Entry requirements

Our PGCE programmes all require a minimum of the following:

  • 2:2 bachelor's degree (or international equivalent). Ideally you will have a good degree in mathematics. However, there is a significant difference between school mathematics and the wide variety of topics and areas which are studied in mathematics degrees; therefore degrees with a significant mathematical element are also acceptable for mathematics teaching – these include, for example, physics, some psychology courses and some economics courses. As a guide we would normally expect 50% of the degree to be in mathematics beyond A-level. For that reason degrees in for example accountancy and business studies frequently do not cover enough mathematics to equip someone to teach at A‐level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach. Applicants must have detailed knowledge and understanding of the subject you intend to teach, which is up to full A-level Mathematics. A high grade in at least single subject A‐level mathematics (or equivalent) is essential, since the course is for teaching ages 11‐18 and you will need to teach this level. If your degree subject does not contain any mathematics we would expect you to have high grades in A level mathematics and A level further mathematics.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification) in English language and mathematics. Applicants without these English or mathematics qualifications at the time they apply may be considered, but they must obtain them, or pass an equivalent test approved by King's, before the course starts.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Mathematics at King’s gives trainees practical and theoretical ideas on the teaching of mathematics as well as modelling ways in which mathematics can be taught in the classroom. Trainees benefit from the college’s unique mathematics free school for sixth form students, King’s College London Mathematics School, with opportunities to work alongside and learn from teachers at this school.

King’s has established strong links with excellent partner schools and can offer trainees a rich and diverse experience of curriculum planning and delivery beyond the experience gained from their two placement schools.

Key benefits

  • The PGCE course at King’s is rated Outstanding by Ofsted with excellent and knowledgeable staff on hand to support you through your training. In the last research assessment exercise, the department was rated second in the UK (REF, 2014).
  • The opportunity to work with tutors who are actively engaged in research in their subject and in pedagogy more widely.
  • A working partnership with a broad range of up to 150 schools in London and beyond, providing unique opportunities to learn how to teach a diverse mix of students.
  • At the conclusion of their PGCE Mathematics course in July 2020 92% of our trainees had been employed as NQTs at schools in the UK and abroad.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Two assessed pieces of coursework give you 60 Master’s-level credits – a third of an MA – which puts you well on the way to a Master’s degree in your chosen profession.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer