Taught course

Mathematics : Secondary with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

You should hold, or be expected to achieve, at least a 3rd class Honours degree classification (or recognised equivalent) with at least 50% content in the subject area. For this subject area, the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) funds Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses for potential applicants whose subject knowledge in the area may have weaknesses, possibly because their first degree has less than 50% content in the specific subject area. These free courses are run prior to the start of the PGDE programme and may attract a bursary. If you can demonstrate an aptitude, linked to prior degree-based learning, and a strong motivation to teach in this subject, we would strongly encourage you to apply. Please also make sure to state that you are interested in completing the appropriate SKE programme. You should also have a minimum of 10 days experience of working in a secondary school (in England or UK) environment.

Months of entry


Course content

At a glance

  • Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (comprising 120 Masters Level credits) plus recommendation Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Gain new insights and a deeper appreciation of the awe and wonder of Mathematics
  • 92% of students rated LJMU’s teacher training as good or very good
  • LJMU has over 100 years' experience of delivering teacher education programmes
  • Excellent career prospects

Course overview

The guiding philosophy of the course is that the University-based sessions are intended to support the students’ independent study. Students are expected to be highly motivated independent learners with the commitment and enthusiasm to engage with a challenging subject in a short and intense period of time. No course in mathematics can possibly cover everything that might be encountered in the classroom and the course is designed with this in mind.

The course concentrates both on stressing mathematics as a process, which enables students to apply knowledge even in the most unusual contexts, and on those areas known to pose particular problems to pupils. This course will give you new insights and a deeper appreciation of the fabulous world of mathematics plus the knowledge and skills to bring this subject to life in a variety of classroom settings.

The PGDE in Mathematics provides an intensive training experience, tightly focused on providing you with the skills, knowledge and attributes you will need when embarking on your teaching career.

Based on training geared to meeting the Teaching Standards and Qualified Teacher Status, this postgraduate programme also supports the development of your:

  • critical understanding of education theory and practice relevant to the subject area
  • reflective practice linked to professional development
    practitioner research skills for effective teaching and learning
  • understanding and application of subject knowledge

The programme includes a mix of on-campus and school/college based training, with the latter becoming predominant as you progress through the course, and this is supplemented with on-line e-learning activities via the university’s Blackboard software. The University element of the programme is based around six modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice
  • Subject Pedagogy in Mathematics
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment
  • Inclusion

School-based training

You will spend 120 days in school based training. Here, teaching will predominantly be at Key Stage 3 and 4, although there may be the opportunity to gain experience with Post-16 level. Experienced subject teacher mentors, working in partnership with LJMU tutors, will support your training in partner secondary schools. The excellent relationships established between LJMU and partner schools will help to ensure that you have a successful placement experience.


Our highly qualified and respected academic team combines specialist knowledge and creative research with hands-on teaching experience. This combination of academic and professional expertise helps ensure that you well equipped to meet the opportunities and challenges faced by today’s teaching professionals.

Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.

Enrichment experiences

Trainees are expected to engage with a variety of enrichment experiences that challenge and extend their repertoire of skills and enhance employment potential. Such activities may include supporting learners in community based education projects and supplementary schools, vocational education enrichment placements in industry and cultural organisations, and participation in school and university teaching projects.

Information for international students

LJMU will be awarding a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University in September 2016. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/study/international-students for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see course Fact File

A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.

If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available. Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.

Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090