Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Mathematics, 11-16)

This programme prepares students to become a successful and valued member of a secondary school department and develops their ability to teach pupils aged 11-16; good mathematics teachers are always in demand, so employment prospects are excellent; this practical programme relates to life in the classroom whilst giving students the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on their practice, and that of colleagues, in order to improve teaching and children's learning; whilst students work on developing their skills as a mathematics teacher, they are encouraged to focus on various skills which in future enable them to continue developing their own professional path; they learn how to focus on an overarching goal related to mathematics pedagogy and related research questions that they wish to explore through collaborative and individual practices to achieve maximum potential in their studies; the programme enables students to meet the QTS Standards in respect of pupils aged 11-16; there are also opportunities to undertake university based education for planning, teaching and assessing the post-16 age range; the programme is divided into University and school-based phases; the University phase is in 2 blocks, 1 at the start of the programme and 1 after Christmas; in the 1st phase we concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching Key Stage 3; we look at the 4 areas of the National Curriculum and develop ideas on how to teach each area in a manner that links the whole together; we study the recent reviews of the curriculum and discuss your possible input in shaping the new curriculum for the 21st century; children's learning is at the heart of the programme so we consider what understanding means and how this can be developed and assessed; the love of and the competency in mathematics is, on the other hand, 1 of the most important aspects of being a good mathematics teacher, hence an emphasis is also put upon supporting students to further develop both through workshops and events; after Christmas we consider teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and A-level and widen and deepen the understanding and skills developed in the first phase; the School phases are with 2 different partner schools; the 1st 6-week phase is before Christmas and the second 14-week phase runs from March; the 1st of these phases is usually in a pair, so students take responsibility for teaching the classes whilst the partner supports.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have spent a minimum of 2 weeks in a mainstream secondary state school in England before applying; 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) including English and mathematics; a degree in mathematics or a related subject with at least 50 per cent suitable mathematics content; in addition candidates need A-level mathematics; candidates are expected to have enthusiasm for mathematics and for working with children; candidates who want to teach mathematics but are unsure if they have the necessary subject knowledge may be recommended to take the mathematics enhancement course; this is a 28-week intensive course, prior to the PGCE programme,which aims to develop a deep understanding of all school mathematics with the potential to teach up to A-level.

Assessment methods

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective; assessment takes account of both programme experience and the school or setting phase and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks; we support students in developing a rigorous evidence-based account of the educational journey.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Newton Park Campus Bath BA2 9BN South West

Key information

Student Services
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01225 875875