Taught course

School Direct Secondary Mathematics

London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

For PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows: Relevant UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent, suitable degrees include Engineering/Geography/Economics/Accountancy and Finance (applicants without the pre-requisite subject knowledge may be referred for the Maths Enhancement Course) GCSE English grade C or above (or equivalent), GCSE Maths grade C or above (or equivalent) QTS Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy , A Valid DBS Disclosure Certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (London Met health check) you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made. All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements. Further details on these requirements: Prior to interview London Met strongly recommends that you have a minimum of ten working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school. In the interview your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools will be assessed. In particular as our placements are based in London you should have an awareness of multicultural and other arising issues when teaching in urban based schools. You may be invited to interview based on information given in your application, please ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience. Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required. If you feel your qualifications are slightly lower than our requirements please contact our Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

Months of entry


Course content

By choosing to train as a teacher with London Metropolitan University, you will be joining a powerful partnership of diverse London teachers and schools who work with the University to offer you an exciting and challenging course to launch your career. Previous students have told us that you will be exceptionally well supported by 'inspirational' (Ofsted 2011) tutors who act as 'critical friends'. Our trainees attain highly with 99% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course. Employment prospects are excellent with many students offered employment in their placement schools. DfE Bursaries are available for this course which vary according to the standard of your first degree. Should it be required, the University offers a well established Mathematics Enhancement Course (MEC).

The School Direct model we are adopting is one which aligns the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we will only be able to offer places in Primary / Early Years, and in Secondary in Citizenship, English, Maths, MFL, PE and Science (with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics). Student teachers will attend the training workshops at the university with regular PGCE students.

The placements will be planned to take place within the school / consortium of schools with the School Direct allocation. Within the overall requirement of 120 days in school, this time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

The consortium is part of the much larger family of nearly 100 School Direct at London Met schools. It represents a large body of schools that have joined together with London Metropolitan University to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University, and the school experience divided between two partner schools. A small number of primary schools have requested School Direct salaried trainees; they will host the trainee for the majority of the course, and release them to the university, for tuition.

The course’s emphasis is on teaching mathematics from 11-16 years with opportunities to develop A-Level teaching. It draws on current debates in mathematics and aims to develop classroom practices that are engaging and contribute to the raising of standards and participation in mathematics.

Course contributors are drawn from across the spectrum and from alumni who are now working in schools to develop a course in which students regularly gain work as teachers across London.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
020 7133 4202