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(Secondary) Mathematics PGCE

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Mathematics Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

This course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11–16 age range which enables you to be employed as a qualified teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. The course also offers enrichment opportunities to teach the 16–18 age phase.

Studying with us, you will have access to excellent resources and gain practical experience in two contrasting schools. We have partnerships with over 600 schools and colleges in the south east offering opportunities in large, small, urban and rural settings.

You will be mentored by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs course content.

Course structure

You will spend two-thirds of your year teaching, under supervision, in schools. Our tutors and mentors will advise and support you throughout each placement. You will receive comprehensive feedback during this time which will enable you to see what you are doing well and where you might need to improve.

At Brighton we work in partnership with schools and colleges to provide a high quality programme of support, which is designed to provide a balance of theory and practice. You will benefit from undertaking two placements in two schools or colleges, with the opportunity to visit additional schools or colleges as part of the 'Peer Observation' programme.

At the School of Education we are excellently equipped with multimedia training materials, which you can use to enrich your learning experience and develop your ICT confidence and proficiency. Our multimedia suites are regularly updated to keep up with technological advancements in classroom teaching aids.


As a course graduate you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a confident and competent secondary-school teacher.

As well as gaining a PGCE, you will be assessed against the national Teachers’ Standards in order to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers, with the subject being nationally recognised as a secondary shortage subject. This means that as a teacher qualified in mathematics you will be particularly employable.

If you demonstrate a high level of understanding you may be eligible for masters-level credits.


Professional development is intrinsically linked to all key strands of the programme and is designed to enable you to evaluate critically and reflect on your learning in order to make improvements. You will be expected to gather and justify evidence of your achievements on a regular basis and develop and implement improvement plans.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Normally an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in the subject specialism or a subject that is directly relevant.; GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4); at least English language and maths.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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