Taught course

Mathematics PGCE

Loughborough University · Mathematics Education Centre

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent. This should be an honours degree (Third or above), or equivalent.

The degree should be one in which at least 50% of the content is mathematics. If the degree has less mathematics content, then a subject knowledge enhancement course may be required before the start of the PGCE.

Your degree subject should be in Mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

A level mathematics (or equivalent).

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PGCE Mathematics programme prepares you to teach the 11-18 age range and is offered as a full-time, one-year programme. It provides practical professional preparation for teaching in secondary schools and is designed and delivered in partnership with schools in up to ten local authorities.

Upon successful completion of the PGCE, you will be qualified to teach children aged 11-18. The programme also offers 90 credits towards an MSc Education degree with a clear pathway to complete your master's within two years of teaching*.

At the heart of the PGCE is the development of your teaching competences. The course lasts 36 weeks and two thirds of it will be spent gaining teaching experience in two different secondary schools where you will have the support and guidance of experienced teachers. For the rest of the time, you will work at Loughborough with tutors and teachers who will prepare you for your school experience and guide you in making the important links between the theoretical and practical components of the course.

Who should study this programme?

These are some of the strengths and characteristics required for a successful teaching career:

  • communication skills
  • organisational skills
  • a desire to bring out the best in people
  • resilience, energy, stamina, and a willingness to shoulder responsibility
  • flexibility and a willingness to adapt and get to grips with new developments
  • self-awareness.

How to apply

All applications for the programme should be made through the Department of Education and not through the Loughborough University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222762