Taught course

PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Newman University · Department of Teacher Training

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold an Honours degree in a relevant subject (normally 50% subject content of an honours degree), or a recognised equivalent qualification. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will undertake a written task to assess your level of standard English and a mathematics diagnostic task to assess your numeracy skills. For entry onto a teaching programme you will be required to pass the Skill tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to commencement of the course. Please visit the Department of Education (DfE) website for further information. Potential applicants would benefit from engaging in School Experience within a secondary mainstream setting, within their chosen subject specialism. Applicants must meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) requirements for Initial Teacher Training by successfully completing an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring System (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

Are you interested in becoming a maths teacher? This course uses the mathematical knowledge gained on your first degree and broadens it so that you feel confident to teach the subject within the National Curriculum. If you intend to concentrate on secondary teaching, you will develop a good understanding of techniques used and how they can be used to help children grasp more complex ideas.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement
If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, the Teaching Agency (TA) sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses which range in length from 1 week to 6 months. Newman's SKE course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire enough mathematics to teach it to at least Key Stage 4 in a secondary school and could improve your chances of employment. Visit www.newman.ac.uk uk/ske-maths for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

PGCE routes at Newman University provide two opportunities. A Postgraduate Certificate of Education which includes 60 credits at Masters level is initially followed by all students. A Professional Graduate Certificate of Education at Level 6 can be followed by applicants who demonstrate effective classroom practice but whose academic record is not suited to Masters level work.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Professional practice50

Course contact details

Upkar Singh
+44(0)121 476 1181 ext 2270