An exciting cocktail of creativity, problem solving and logical reasoning, Mathematics is an essential part of many professions and everyday life. And, from the early study of astronomy to the recent creation of Facebook, Mathematics has always been at the heart of life-changing discoveries. Are you ready to empower the next generation of mathematical pioneers?
A one-year full-time course, PGCE Secondary Mathematics enables you to meet the national standards for the award of qualified teacher status. Combining theory and practice, you will comprehensively investigate the structure of the Mathematics curriculum, considering number and algebra, shape, space and measures, and handling data. You will be encouraged to provide evidence of your own development in teaching and learning through a personal portfolio, which we use as the principle vehicle for assessment.
Under the guidance of our team of experts, students become involved in designing, producing, teaching and evaluating a range of materials currently used to support Mathematics in the secondary school. One particular example of this is the integration of special computer software that helps to develop numeracy.
During your studies, you will have the opportunity to undertake teaching placements in at least two secondary schools, allowing you the chance to acquire skills in the application of new technologies in teaching and learning. Schools are carefully selected to suit each individual and expose them to a wide variety of imaginative and thought provoking learning strategies. Key experts from our partner schools will always be on hand to offer invaluable mentoring and support.
School Experience 1 (20 Credits) – Compulsory
This module aims to prepare students for their first school experience. It develops their preparation skills and enables collaboration with their fellow students, subject mentors, and co-ordinating mentors.
Students learn to address and meet the expectations specified by the statutory teaching standards. The school-based element of this module lasts for 50 days.
School Experience 2 (40 Credits) – Compulsory
This module encourages students to build on the experience gained in School Experience 1. It aims to provide an extended, individual school experience across the age ranges 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19.
Students undertake 74 days of teaching across a six-month period, so that they can address the standards specified by the statutory teaching standards.
Studies in your specialist subject (includes Professional Studies)
This is a structured programme of subject teaching methodology and application workshops and seminars. You will develop the knowledge and skills required to teach your chosen subject. You will be able to identify and evaluate effective strategies for assessing children's learning in the selected subject, through formative and summative assessment strategies.
You will critically evaluate the effectiveness of a wide range of resources and your own lesson plans. You will understand the importance of literacy, numeracy and ICT in delivering an effective curriculum and as transferable skills. You will analyse research data and critically evaluate how research has contributed to the knowledge and understanding of how to teach your subject effectively.
Professional studies is a programme of lectures and seminars focusing on contemporary issues in education and professional development. This part of the course takes place partly at the University and partly at school through lectures, workshops and seminars to mixed subject groups.
You will find this an intensive 36-week course, during which you will be expected to to carry out assignments during the Christmas and Easter holiday periods.
Students spend at least 120 days in schools, this includes two block School Experiences, where they teach for approximately 60% of the timetable. Each School Experience has a block element to provide students with a sustained teaching experience over the complete teaching week. The rest of the programme (60 days) is university based, where students attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops.
Subject studies are assessed by a portfolio of coursework and a school-based special study (a teaching resource). Progressive developments of teaching skills are recorded using criteria referenced assessment proforma. Professional studies are assessed by a range of written tasks. Observation of the students, teaching and evaluative discussions with course tutors and school based mentors and teachers.
You need at least a 2.2 Bachelor honours degree in a subject relevant to your chosen subject area. You must also have a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths, or equivalency tests such as A Star or Equivalency Testing, or international qualifications where equivalency is certified by NARIC. It is also recommended that you undertake at least two weeks work experience within a Secondary Maths classroom before applying.
Prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please see further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.
We accept the equivalent of the above from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the requirements from your country, see further information under support in your country. For details of other equivalent requirements that Middlesex accepts see entry requirements.
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
To begin the course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check, submit a health questionnaire and complete a placement form. Further details will be sent to you once you receive an offer.
You need to apply via the UCAS website. The institution code for Middlesex is M80, and the code name is MIDDX. You also need the code for the course you wish to apply for – this is N1X1.
We are proud to have strong and committed partnerships with hundreds of schools located in London and the surrounding area. This means that during your studies you will take part in work placements at a variety of schools, where you will have an opportunity to apply the skills you have learnt. Many students go on to commence their careers at the school where they completed a placement during the course, with more than 95% of students finding employment soon after graduation.
Recent research into teachers' daily experiences by the Department for Education has found that teaching is better at giving you a 'natural high' than many other professions. The starting salary of an newly qualified teacher is at least £21,804 a year (£27,270 if working in inner London) and, on average, teachers’ salaries increase by 30% after the first four years of their career.
Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school’s management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303).
For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education’s website.
The fees below refer to the 2015/16 academic year unless otherwise stated.
£9,000 per year full time
UK/EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan which covers your fees and is only repayable after your graduate. In addition, UK students may be eligible for additional grants and loans. Visit our postgraduate funding page to find out more.
Generous Department for Education bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for eligible UK/EU students. Please visit our postgraduate bursary page for further details.
Additionally the Insitute of Mathematics and its Applications offer a competitive £25,000 tax-free scholarship.