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Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Mathematics Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

Our one-year, full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Secondary Physics programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach physics to pupils aged between 11 and 16 – with the option of additional experience of A-level physics teaching. Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you’ll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

Mathematics can be a difficult subject for school children. There’s often a belief that you’re either good at it or bad at it, and there is a lack of awareness about the huge range of real-world applications it has.

Within our course you’ll learn and create your own new ways to make mathematics interesting, exciting and relevant. You’ll consider how games, practical activities, interactive teaching, ICT, problem-solving and investigations can support your teaching and stimulate your pupils’ mathematical thinking. You’ll be guided and encouraged to adopt strategies that lead to a rich and rewarding experience for both you and your pupils.

The course also covers wider issues of classroom practice. Behaviour management strategy is a key element within this, and you will be supported in developing your own personal style. You’ll discover that generic behaviour management systems and techniques are absolutely essential, but that how you use them will depend on you and the context in which you’ll be teaching.

Secondary schools are demanding but tremendously rewarding environments to work in. You’ll be teaching pupils as they mature from early adolescence to adulthood. Our programme will teach you how to make an effective contribution to the work of the school beyond your subject. You will succeed on this programme if you want to encourage others to find the same enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics that you have.


A great Mathematics teacher can play a pivotal role in a secondary school child’s life. You’ll spend your days stimulating young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence, so they can achieve their full potential. It’s a challenging career, but also one that’s also incredibly rewarding.

Our PGCE Master’s programme closely interweaves school and university-based training. Over 38 weeks, you’ll spend at least 120 days (minimum 24 weeks) on school placement, and 60 study days in structured learning at UEA.

Our course will provide you with the opportunity to research and evaluate the latest thinking in good teaching practice. It will help you understand how pupils best learn mathematics, so that you can support and guide them – and optimise your teaching. It will also allow you to develop your own strategies to make teaching mathematics an engaging and positive experience.


Pedagogy and it's relevance to learning in the classroom.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have: 2:2 or above preferred in Mathematics or a related subject. Students are required to have achieved a degree or its equivalent* by the beginning of the PGCE programme in September. A first degree in Mathematics or a related subject is required. As a general guideline, approximately 50 per cent of the degree should be relevant to the subject you will teach.

University information

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is a campus-based university in Norwich, with a global reputation for its excellent academic, social and cultural facilities, delivered to more than 15,000 students from over 80 countries. Over 4,000 making up its postgraduate community. The University prides itself on the quality of its research, being part of Norwich Research Park, one of the largest communities of researchers in Europe, leading the way...more