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PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

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Teaching (General) Mathematics Teaching Mathematics

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About this course

Do you enjoy maths and have a passion to help young people enjoy it too? Our PGCE Mathematics course prepares you to teach young people aged 11 to 16 across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. At the University of Southampton, you’ll learn the skills and knowledge to teach mathematics with confidence.

Learn how different methods for teaching secondary school maths create a fun and inspired learning environment for mathematics. You'll train in two secondary schools across Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset to build on your practical experience and grow your professional network.

By studying PGCE Mathematics you'll:

  • critically assess different teaching styles and resources to develop your own methodology and set of teaching skills
  • train to work within a range of different schools
  • consider different ways of learning mathematics and how this impacts teaching
  • understand how to overcome current challenges in mathematics education

You’ll teach mathematics within the National Curriculum framework and Secondary Curriculum. Your tutors and mentors will help your personal and professional development as you'll get the support you need throughout your learning.

Qualified Teacher Status is awarded for the 11 to 16 age range, the majority of schools in our partnership serve cohorts to match this age group. Trainees are also appointed to posts in the 11 to 18 sector for their NQT year and you may also get the opportunity to teach older students.


We welcome students from any background to learn the skills required to teach maths.

Past students have gone on to work in a variety of different roles:

  • teaching secondary school maths
  • senior managers in schools
  • mentor for trainee teachers
  • lecturer in higher education
  • teaching in special education
  • teaching overseas
  • personal tutor

Students have also continued their studies with a PhD to specialise further in their specific area of interest.


The outcomes of this module will comprise: a) a written summary including research findings, a discussion in relation to literature and conclusion with implications for classroom practice b) an 'intervention' which outlines how the student will place the chosen aspect under scrutiny.

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Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:2 degree in maths or a related subject; You’ll need at least a grade 4 or C in GCSE Maths and English GCSE. If you don’t have the required GCSE grades, you can take our GCSE equivalent tests in Maths and English. We might ask you to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course before starting your PGCE, depending on the maths content in your undergraduate degree.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more

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