Taught course

Secondary Mathematics PGCE with QTS

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Hold or be expected to gain a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject.

Have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics

Months of entry


Course content

When taught well, mathematics can provide learners with a connected knowledge of mathematical concepts that results in deeper understanding. This course is designed to develop passionate mathematics teachers who have a clear desire to engage pupils and inspire their interest in the subject. We aim to develop knowledgeable, innovative, and reflective practitioners who have a clear philosophy of learning and a genuine interest in developing their teaching.

The PGCE Secondary Mathematics course aims to support mathematics associate teachers to:

• Develop an understanding of the theories and principles of learning in mathematics

• Interrogate current pedagogies in mathematics education and explore how they can be used in the classroom

• Engage in the issues and debates about learning and teaching in mathematics

• Develop an understanding of curriculum planning in mathematics and the ways in which teachers can contribute to the design of an engaging curriculum

• Understand assessment of, and for, learning in mathematics

• Understand and develop strategies that promote progress and provide all pupils with the opportunity to meet expectations

• Reflect on, and refine, their own teaching.

During the course, mathematics associate teachers will develop subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to understand what deep conceptual understanding and reasoning mean in the context of mathematics education. The course is designed to develop mathematics teachers who are reflective practitioners and who will be inspired to:

• Articulate their beliefs about the nature of mathematics and mathematics education and realise their classroom expectations

• Begin to understand the complexities of how people learn mathematics and to translate this understanding into classroom action

• Make sense of the relationship between the emotional and cognitive aspects of learning mathematics

• Develop stimulating lessons within an atmosphere for learning

• Develop their mathematics knowledge alongside their mathematics teacher knowledge

• Understand and analyse the mathematics curriculum.

Additionally, we offer associate teachers intensive experiences and enrichment activities as part of their learning journey.

Intensive experiences enable associate teachers to plan, teach, and reflect on small-group teaching experiences at some of our partnership schools. These experiences focus on lesson design, modelling, questioning, and securing foundational knowledge.

Enrichment activities are designed to extend associate teachers’ subject and pedagogical knowledge in a specific area of the curriculum. Activities include running a Maths Art project on number theory as well as working with children in both primary and secondary schools on projects such as developing an understanding of early algebraic generalisation using concrete representations.

Applicants who do not have a relevant degree may apply for the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course prior to the PGCE in order to gain a deeper understanding of mathematics. The course is designed to develop an understanding of all basic national curriculum requirements.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements

IELTS: Overall 7.0 (no less than 5.5 in each band)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services