Taught course

PGCE Secondary Maths 11-18 with QTS

University of Wales Trinity Saint David · SWW Centre of Teacher Education

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is an honours degree in Mathematics or in a strongly cognate discipline, with a high proportion of Mathematics within your degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested).

The programme has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the national curriculum. Numeracy skills are a key priority within the National Curriculum across all subjects so you will be involved in offering numeracy-support sessions to other students within the university. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to gain additional work experience.

The course is split into a number of modules, each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Mathematics to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of Mathematics on learning.

You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

The course will involve concept and skill development in all aspects of Mathematics. You will be expected to work together in groups to present seminars such as ICT in Mathematics, A level topics and research into mathematical misconceptions.

Other aspects of the course include the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and as a Mathematics PGCE student you will be expected to lead support sessions on Numeracy to the whole Secondary PGCE cohort. There are also opportunities to teach and be involved with Further Mathematics A Level teaching and also to be involved in Mathematics master classes with local Year 9 pupils, both in conjunction with Swansea University.

The PGCE Mathematics room is well equipped with internet-linked computers and a networked interactive whiteboard. There is good access to other ICT suites for timetabled sessions and plentiful open access to ICT facilities for trainees.

The PGCE Mathematics course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances; however, trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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