Taught course

Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Loughborough University · Mathematics Education Centre

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Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree awarded by a UK higher education provider (or a recognised equivalent qualification), which has at least 50% mathematics. If the degree has less mathematics content, then a subject knowledge enhancement course may be required before the start of the PGCE.

In accordance with current government requirements, all applicants must be interviewed before a place can be offered in order to assess their suitability for teaching. It is normally expected that candidates should have had at least three full days’ experience in a state secondary school before applying for any programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Recent experience of working with young people will also be valuable experience, although this is not a necessary requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

Our PGCE Mathematics programme prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers, not just learners of a curriculum. 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.

The ethos of our PGCE Mathematics is to develop the thinking behind your teaching as well as the skills involved with being an excellent teacher of mathematics. Loughborough has been acknowledged by Ofsted to be an outstanding provider for PGCE.

Having a good level of personal subject knowledge is important, but what is equally important is having pedagogic subject knowledge, which concerns the way you might go about teaching that knowledge to someone else. The programme will address a variety of ways in which the teaching of mathematics can be approached, of which telling and explaining are only two of the options available, and which draw on the extensive research carried out at Loughborough University in the field of mathematics education.

The Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is practically based, with 24 of the 36 weeks spent in our partner schools. University weeks are organised with half a day on general professional studies and two full days on mathematics education. Work is set to be done on the remaining days of the week which will feed in to the mathematics education sessions.

The programme also provides an opportunity for you to gain a relevant master’s degree (the MSc in Education) during your early teaching career with the first year of the degree being the PGCE (worth 90 credits). At the end of the first year, if you are eligible and you decide to continue with your master’s study, you can choose to enrol onto the Research into Teaching and Learning module. This module is worth 30 credits and is completed prior to you starting your NQT year.

Two additional modules can be taken after successful completion of the PGCE to progress and again a full master's degree.

The PGCE course at Loughborough has been judged on three occasions to be an ‘outstanding’ course by Ofsted and has had excellent reports from external examiners.

Who should study this programme?

These are some of the strengths and characteristics you’ll need to get into teaching and find it a fulfilling 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

Information for international students

See our website for information for international students.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

See our website for further information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Qualifications available: PGCE, MSc with QTS

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)1509 222762