Taught course

Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Loughborough University · Teacher Education at Loughborough

Entry requirements

An 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 maths 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 their NQT year.

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.

The Mathematics Education Centre is one of the leading research centres for mathematics education in the country and has an outstanding international reputation. The Director of the PGCE Mathematics is Dr David Hewitt, an academic who has an international reputation for research as well as one being of the best known mathematics educators in the country. He has published widely in both national professional journals and international research journals. He has 11 years’ experience teaching in schools, including five years as Head of Faculty and has trained nearly 1,000 teachers over the past 26 years. Some of those are now Head Teachers whilst a group of ex-trainee teachers recently won the TES Maths Team of the Year award (2015). He has also won two teaching awards at the University of Birmingham before moving to Loughborough to start up the new Mathematics PGCE course in 2014.

The programme sits within the Mathematics Education Centre which has an international reputation for research into mathematics education. This means that the course is research-informed, as well as practically-based.

Sessions are taught by a highly experienced teacher and teacher trainer with sessions also run by teachers from partner schools with particular specialisms.

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
  • organisations 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 PGCE programme should be made through UCAS.

Information for international students


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