Taught course

Secondary Mathematics

Staffordshire University · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

For this course, you need an Honours Degree with a 2:2 classification in Mathematics or a related subject and a GCSE grade C/4 or above in both English Language and Mathematics, we also expect you to be confident in technology.

If your degree is not related to Mathematics but you have maths qualifications at Level 3 (A Level) then a subject knowledge enhancement course may be suitable for you. To find out more about subject knowledge enhancement courses, please check out the following get into teaching website.

Months of entry


Course content

Being able to crack problem-solving and master essential maths are some of the most important skills a young person can learn. They underpin everything from household budgets to complex data and AI. Here’s your chance to make a huge difference to students’ lives by taking our Secondary Mathematics PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). It will equip you with strategies to become a confident and successful teacher across KS3 and KS4.

You’ll spend time in local schools, plan engaging lessons, cover behaviour management techniques and discover how pupils learn. On campus, we’ll help you reflect on your teaching from a subject-specific perspective and give you one-to-one support.

But you’ll get far more than just a teacher training qualification with us. As part of our Institute of Education, you’ll have access to the latest research on what works in the classroom and other evidence-based approaches.

On the PGCE, you’ll explore how to get schoolchildren to be creative in maths. We have links with a local LEGO studio where you can apply maths.

There will be plenty of hands-on experience on placement too. You’ll put different techniques into action, such as maths mastery, and help pupils use logic and reasoning.

From getting the most out of your induction to tips on teaching your first lesson, your personal tutor will be there to support you every step of the way. We have also developed a close partnership with school-based mentors for your placements.

You’ll be able to draw on a wide range of other expertise as well. We work with maths hubs and a maths excellence partnership led by local schools. Our links with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics also ensure trainees benefit from the latest developments in teaching.

And to help you achieve your ambitions, you can take our aspiring leaders’ programme towards the end of the course.

After you pass your PGCE, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). But the support doesn’t stop there - we’ll even offer you a mock interview in a school to prepare you for job applications.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Work placements

At Staffordshire University, we have partner schools in the Midlands and North West. As well as close links with those in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire, we work with schools in Derbyshire, Shropshire and Birmingham.

We will always aim to arrange placements within 40 minutes of where you live.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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