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PGCE Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status Degree

PGCE Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status Degree

Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Mathematics Teaching

Course type


Course Summary


Our PGCE maths programme prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers, not just learners of a curriculum. The programme also offers 90 credits towards an MSc Education degree with a clear pathway to complete your master's within two years of teaching.

The ethos of our PGCE Mathematics is to develop the thinking behind your teaching as well as the skills involved with being an excellent teacher of mathematics. Loughborough has been acknowledged by Ofsted to be an outstanding provider for PGCE.

Having a good level of personal subject knowledge is important but what is equally important is having pedagogic subject knowledge, which concerns the way you might go about teaching that knowledge to someone else. The programme will address a variety of ways in which the teaching of mathematics can be approached, of which telling and explaining are only two of the options available, and which draw on the extensive research carried out at Loughborough University in the field of mathematics education.

The Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is practically based, with 24 of the 36 weeks spent in our partner schools. University weeks are organised with half a day on general professional studies and two full days on mathematics education. Work is set to be done on the remaining days of the week which will feed in to the mathematics education sessions.

The programme also provides an opportunity for you to gain a relevant master’s degree (the MSc in Education) during your early teaching career with the first year of the degree being the PGCE (worth 90 credits). At the end of the first year, if you are eligible and you decide to continue with your master’s study, you can choose to enrol onto the Research into Teaching and Learning module. This module is worth 30 credits and is completed prior to you starting their NQT year.

The PGCE course at Loughborough has been judged on three occasions to be an ‘outstanding’ course by Ofsted and has had excellent reports from External Examiners.

Your personal and professional development

Our Mathematics Education Centre is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our trainee teachers are encouraged to be reflective and develop their own style of teaching mathematics, meaning that they are often sought after by employers, with many gaining jobs within our partnership schools.

Graduate destinations

All trainees passing the PGCE maths programme have gone on to secure employment and enjoy good career prospects with opportunities to progress to take on responsibilities within their school.

Your personal development

We prepare our future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers and not just learners of items in a mathematics curriculum.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Your introduction to the teaching skills necessary to qualify as a specialist teacher of mathematics in a secondary school and to develop essential teaching competences.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An 2:2 honours degree awarded by a UK higher education provider (or a recognised equivalent qualification), which has at least 50% mathematics. If the degree has less mathematics content then a subject knowledge enhancement course may be required before the start of the PGCE. In accordance with current government requirements, all applicants must be interviewed before a place can be offered in order to assess their suitability for teaching. It is normally expected that candidates should have had at least three full days’ experience in a state secondary school before applying for any programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Recent experience of working with young people will also be valuable experience although this is not a necessary requirement.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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