Taught course

PGCE Mathematics

UCL - University College London · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of a third-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, either in mathematics or a closely related subject is required. A third-class degree must contain at least 50% mathematics; a lower second-class degree must contain at least 30% mathematics. A level Mathematics at grade A or A* is also required for all applicants.Applicants must also demonstrate a passion for mathematics and a commitment to, and enjoyment of, working with children and young people. This may be through voluntary work with young people and a minimum of five days’ recent experience in a non-selective, non-fee paying state secondary school. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Teacher Training. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

Well qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in London, the UK and across the world. Our programme is rigorously informed by research including developments internationally. Students learn how to make mathematics meaningful, interesting and fun and how to analyse their own and their pupils’ development.

The UCL Institute of Education's partnership with over 200 secondary schools and colleges in Greater London and beyond enables each of our students to become a skilled and confident teacher in their chosen subject specialism.

In partnership with London schools, we support all routes into mathematics teaching, allowing students to benefit from a team of tutors with a wide range of expertise. Students will also be able to develop strong peer networks to share ideas, resources and advice.

Tutors are skilled classroom practitioners with extensive experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools, and are all active researchers working with schools and government on policy development in the UK and overseas.

Our joint conference in June brings together nearly 200 Mathematics PGCE students from across all routes to work together with tutors and visiting experts to wrestle with policy issues in mathematics education.

Full-time: 1 year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


The Secondary PGCE full-time route is delivered via keynote lectures, subject lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the Institute of Education as well as time spent in placement schools or colleges. Assessment is by practical teaching, assignments and portfolio tasks.

Students will also record their progress in a Career Entry and Development Profile statement. This will form part of a portfolio that links into the induction year (the first year of teaching) and a student's continuing professional development.

Course contact details

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