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PGCE Secondary Education with Maths

Become a Maths teacher and earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Marjon is the top university in the UK for education-based courses in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021. We've been training teachers for 180 years, we know education. Government-funded bursaries of £27,000 are available for UK students studying on this course. Contact us to find out more.

Maths teacher helps a pupil work through a sum

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Entry requirements

A degree at 2:2 or above

GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or grade C or above (or an equivalent qualification)

Experience of working with young people

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UCAS code AE93

UCAS institution code P63

Duration One year full-time

Course Summary

Do you want to become an outstanding teacher? Our specialist PGCE Secondary Education with Maths prepares you to help pupils look at life through a mathematical lens and to solve problems using objective and logical approaches. Our PGCE Maths focuses on how to teach Maths for understanding and engagement so that pupils know how Maths impacts on daily lives.

PGCE Maths develops a range of teaching styles appropriate to the delivery of Maths within the National Curriculum and GCSE/A Level specifications, including conceptual understanding, problem solving, making connections across representations and mathematical concepts, and engaging in reasoning and argumentation.

Our aim is to prepare PGCE Maths trainee teachers for a first appointment as a teacher of Maths in a secondary school and to enable them to assess current developments in the subject and their possible effect on teaching in schools. PGCE Maths trainees can take up ‘enhancements’ linked to other curriculum subjects or areas e.g. primary phase or Special Education Needs and Diversity. You will develop essential components of creativity and imagination such as determination, hard work, observing, thinking, experimenting, investigating, making, evaluation.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching programmes. Ofsted 2014 commented:

“Beyond having very positive attitudes and commitment to teaching, they show a passion for their subject, and want students to do well and enjoy their work.”

While PGCE external examiners commented:

“The work across the partnership results in excellent relationship building with staff and pupils as well as creative and forward thinking pedagogical ideas.”

If the idea of joining these trainees inspires and motivates you, it’s time to start the application process.

Why this course at Marjon?

Top university in the UK for education-based courses in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2021

93.9 % of our graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2% (LEO, 2019)

Marjon Teacher Education Partnership has well-established links with schools across the South West, London and Service Children’s Education, our connections span over 300 schools and settings

Marjon education and teaching graduates are 3rd in all University providers for graduate earnings five years after leaving the university (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018)

Our graduates are more socially mobile than other providers across the South West with more trainees gaining NQT employment in more diverse areas (DFE Supply, Retention and Mobility data, 2018)

We recognise the value of excellent role models in initial teacher training and promote the involvement of outstanding teachers and specialist education leaders in working with trainees

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

Our PGCE Maths is an exciting synergy of practice, policy and research. You'll explore a weekly topic though wider professional lens. You'll undertake independent research and complete Maths specific studies focused on theoretical and professional practice.
Julie Stevens - PGCE Course Leader

1st Year

Professional practice in schools
By the end of this module trainees should be able to demonstrate the competencies of a newly qualified teacher (NQT) by achieving the minimum expectation required by the Teachers’ Standards. The module includes two placements in schools.
Learning behaviours in context
Research a range of learning and teaching theories and strategies to develop an understanding of how children learn. Critically evaluate research and current developments in education that inform the application of routines, relationships and responses in context.
Becoming a teacher: a reflective journey
Systematically reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of subject specific pedagogy on learning experiences and develop a range of approaches to use in schools.
Inclusion in the secondary classroom: maximising achievement
Investigate and discuss a wide range of sources to develop a secure knowledge and understanding of theory, policy and practice to help identify the issues around maximising pupil achievement. Develop understanding and skills which contribute to a fully inclusive classroom.
Understanding the learner: assessment and progress
Understand the essential link between planning and assessment and develop a critical awareness of planning for progression and its effect on learning.

This course is perfect if you’re curious about

How do I build strong relationships with pupils?

How do I develop a love of learning in my pupils and a passion for Maths?

How can I make teaching make maths come to life in the classroom?

How can I link maths to career opportunities around raising pupil aspirations?

How do I best prepare for applying for teaching jobs?

How do I best work with colleagues and parents in school?

It was clear that all trainees felt very satisfied with the delivery of the programme and praised Marjon’s full support, clear information and excellent communication... Assessment is fair and consistent and tutors provide supportive and constructive feedback to develop students’ learning further... Processes are exemplary.
External examiner - 2020

What might you become?

Plymouth Marjon University is widely renowned for producing excellent teachers. We have superb links with over 300 partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas and our graduates teach in schools across the country. Our wide and diverse partnerships were praised by Ofsted for making "effective use of local diversity and wider links which ensures trainees have breadth and variety in their training, so making them highly employable" (Ofsted, 2014).

We have a long established history of teacher education, we've have 180 years of experience in training teachers. A PGCE from Marjon represents a strong start to any teaching career. 93.9 % of our teaching graduates are in further study, sustained employment or both five years after graduating, compared to a sector average for England of 88.2%. This makes us 1st in the South West (LEO, 2019).

Working with:

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Dept for Education

Marjon is recognised as a teacher training provider by the Dept for Education.


How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

You will have a minimum of 120 days in school in two block placements as well as 12 weeks in University undertaking a range of activities. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops, conferences, tutorials, independent study, research and school based training. Collaborative learning, critical reflection and a strong culture of support underpin PGCE Maths.

How will you be assessed?

You'll be assessed on the development of your teaching practice in school. You'll also write reflective journals, portfolios, essays and presentations.

Claire Hadfield

Claire Hadfield

Course leader

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Claire is Programme lead for the Secondary PGCEs and Schools Direct. Claire's specialist subject is English and before joining Marjon she worked in various secondary schools in Exeter as well for South West Teacher Training. Her research interests are reflective practice, teacher identity and retention.


Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250


Fees for International students: £12,500


This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course. Government funded bursaries of £27,000 are available for UK students studying this course - speak to our student funding team to find out more.

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Lecturers

Michelle Batstone

Lecturer

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Jonathan Cripps

Lecturer

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Jonathan’s career as a history teacher has spanned over 25 years, working in secondary schools in Sussex, Suffolk and Cornwall. Previously, he has worked for Cornwall LEA as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting history departments, NQTs and recent entrants to the teaching profession across the county. He is a Teacher Fellow of the Historical Association.

Professor Gillian Golder

Professor in Teacher Education

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Gill Golder is Professor in Teacher Education and Formaly Dean of MArjon Teacher Education Partnership, she taught in schools for 13 years before joining the University, she works with schools, MATS and alliances to support whole school improve, develop evidence based practice and support teacher development. She spends some of her time in Westminster discussing latest ideas and initiatives with the Department for Education and other Education group.

Claire Hadfield

Senior Lecturer

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Claire is Programme lead for the Secondary PGCEs and Schools Direct. Claire's specialist subject is English and before joining Marjon she worked in various secondary schools in Exeter as well for South West Teacher Training. Her research interests are reflective practice, teacher identity and retention.

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