Taught course

PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Cardinal Pole)

Institution
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Professions
Qualifications
PGCE

Entry requirements

For PGCE or PGCE School Direct the minimum entry requirements are as follows:

  • UK degree grade 2.2 or equivalent
  • Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy
  • a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and Confirmation of Fitness to Teach (eg a London Metropolitan University Health Check) - you will be advised to apply for these after an offer is made
  • GCSE English and Mathematics grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent, see Equivalency Testing or A Star Teachers)

Applicants with third class degrees can apply on the condition that this qualification is strongly supported by postgraduate study at master's level and relevant work experience.

We do make conditional offers (with strict deadlines) so it is important that you include all pending qualifications in your UCAS application.

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Further details

Before you can be permitted to enrol this course:

  • you must take and pass the professional skills tests as required by the NCTL - if you have not already passed these tests this will be made a condition of your offer with a strict deadline for completion (in practice London Met would prefer these results are confirmed before offering an interview)
  • you must not already hold QTS or be qualified to teach in another EU/EEA country

Prior to the interview for this course, London Met strongly recommends:

  • you have a minimum of 10 working days recent experience (within the past year) in a school
  • prepare for your understanding of current teaching practice and issues in schools to be assessed
  • you have an awareness of multiculturalism and other arising issues when teaching in urban schools
  • you ensure the work experience section of your application includes details of your current/recent school experience you may be invited to interview based on information given in your application

Some offers may stipulate further school experience if required.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Why study this course?

Our PGCE Secondary Mathematics course will train you to become a teacher of Mathematics for 11-16 year-olds. Accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), London Met has official partnerships with many schools in London, ensuring you have a continuity of support throughout both your theoretical learning and hands-on practical experience. Trainees on our PGCE Secondary courses attain high results, with 95% achieving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with their placement schools. Department of Education (DfE) bursaries are available for this course and the University also offers a well-established Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Mathematics where needed.

More about this course

Our NCTL accredited PGCE School Direct Secondary Mathematics course trains you to teach mathematics to 11 to 16-year-olds and leads to Qualified Teacher Status for Key Stages 3 and 4. You'll also have opportunities to develop your A-Level teaching.

Drawing on current debates in mathematics, we'll introduce you to a range of interactive teaching styles including computer presentations and group work. This will help you raise pupil standards and participation in mathematics. If you need help improving your own mathematics knowledge, you can attend our short Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

The London location of your placement schools will introduce you to teaching in diverse and multicultural urban environments. You’ll discover how these children learn and the techniques you can use to develop their mathematics skills.

As Ofsted notes, the high quality of our training has enabled attendees of the course to secure work as teachers across London:

"Headteachers are particularly complimentary about the fact that the trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers are well prepared to meet the specific challenges of teaching pupils in the context of London schools."
Ofsted, 2015

To help you in your application, Department of Education (DfE) bursaries are available for this course and vary according to the standard of your first degree.

Assessment

Your assessment will consist of four elements:

  • School placement A
  • School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
  • a Professional Practice Portfolio which is compiled across the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
  • the Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

You'll share feedback with your colleagues on the course, completing a weekly reflection and contribution to online discussions that will further develop your understanding of the secondary teacher role.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Modular structure

Core modules include:

  • Curriculum Studies (core, 30 credits)
  • Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • School Experience to Progress Point 2 (core, 15 credits)

Please refer to the course page on the London Met website for the full list of modules.

After the course

This compact PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach mathematics to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure mathematics teacher roles at schools including Langdon Academy, Islamia Girls School and Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form.

Information for international students

If you feel your qualifications are outside of the requirements you should contact the Admissions Office for further advice before applying.

The University will assess any overseas qualifications for equivalence using a number of resources including our own internal guidelines, UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and the Bursary Tables publicly available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate written and spoken proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.

Fees and funding

UK students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information
International students
See the course page on the London Met website for fee information

Qualification and course duration

PGCE

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Office
Email
admissions@londonmet.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7133 4200