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.
Your course leader is Rosalyn Hyde. She is a Principal Teaching Fellow in secondary mathematics and has particular interests in initial teacher education and mathematics-specific pedagogy, as well as the effective use of technology in teaching and learning. Ros has considerable experience in writing and training mathematics teachers. She co-edited Mentoring Mathematics Teachers: Supporting and inspiring pre-service and newly qualified teachers, published by Routledge.
She currently works in partnership with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM), is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and recently completed a PhD study in the field of employment-led initial teacher education.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
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.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for our entry requirements.
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.
Recognition of professional experience
Recognition of professional experience
If you don’t have the exact entry requirements, we'll consider your application based on your:
- evidence of experience teaching or observing in a school or college
- relevant professional experience
- subject knowledge
- suitability for the course
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is an intensive 1-year course which you’ll study on a full-time basis.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in two different schools and you’ll attend taught sessions at the University every Friday. You’ll be expected to apply the learning from the taught sessions to your time in school.
During your time in school, you’ll start by observing classes before you are gradually introduced to teaching the whole class. With the support of your school-based mentor, you’ll be expected to quickly develop the skills and confidence to work with whole classes.
If you’d like to progress your qualification, you can apply your credits from the PGCE maths towards a master's.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll participate in lectures, seminars and you’ll complete independent study and practical teaching activities throughout the course.
We'll assess you on your ability to teach, there are no dissertations but you’ll be given 3 assignments to complete.
There is a variety of different learning activities to help you learn, including:
- feedback from a school-based mentor
- peer assessment
- small group presentations
We'll assess you on your ability to teach and mainly through coursework and assignments, rather than exams.
You’ll be assessed by a combination of:
- 3 assignments; 2 written and 1 assessed presentation
- successful completion of your teaching placement
- completion of a portfolio against the Teachers’ Standards
Explore course modules for full details of learning and assessment.
You will not need to complete a dissertation for this course.
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
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.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,100.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Initial Teaching Education funding
Depending on your circumstances, you could get:
a tax-free bursary or scholarship
financial support if you're a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability
a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of your course
a maintenance loan to help with living costs
Find out about Initial Teaching Education Funding
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
PGCE course applications are processed through UCAS. When you apply, you'll be taken to the UCAS website where you'll need to register an account with UCAS to submit an application. For information: there is a plan to move PGCE courses from applying through UCAS onto a DFE system.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
UCAS process applications for this course. When you apply, they'll give you details of any supporting information or documents you'll need to submit.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
Following application through UCAS you will hear back by email from the University. The University has 40 working days to respond to your application, but you will almost always hear back much more quickly than that.
If you are selected for the next stage of the process you will be invited for an interview at the University. The interview process includes an opportunity to find out more about the course and to ask questions. You will give a short presentation, complete a short written task and have a face-to-face interview with tutors. Following the interview, we'll make a decision on whether or not to offer you a conditional place. The decision will be uploaded to UCAS within 5 working days of the interview date.
Interviews will take place online if they are not possible in person. You'll receive an email from the admissions tutor if we'd like to talk to you before offering you a place.
All offers are conditional on enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and health checks.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000