Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Secondary Education (Maths with PE)

This one-year PGCE with QTS is the ideal route into teaching if you’re passionate about both subjects and wish to teach Mathematics, with the flexibility of being able to teach PE as a subsidiary subject. The programme also offers 60 level 7 credits with the chance to continue to a full Master’s degree during your first year of teaching.

You’ll develop your knowledge to become both an effective and reflective teacher. You’ll gain skills to plan and teach both subjects effectively, helping all students to reach their full potential. Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme and we will focus on teaching methods which allow students to develop as independent learners. The University training supports and complements your work in schools.

You’ll have many opportunities to observe excellent practice, working alongside teachers and pupils in a wide range of school settings. In addition to the focus at Key Stages 3 and 4, you’ll gain an insight into KS5 teaching.

You’ll benefit from sessions led by not only academic staff but a wide range of practitioners who support learning and provide pragmatic workshops, training and support for teaching.

You’ll learn how to manage a class and be encouraged to develop a mix of whole class teaching, small group collaborative work and independent learning strategies. Differentiation is strongly emphasised – you’ll plan and provide for requirements of pupils of differing abilities and needs.

When you graduate, you’ll be a fully qualified teacher, with the essential skills and confidence that you need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You’re required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Physical Education. In addition you need A-Level Maths.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or 4 under the new mark scheme) or recognised equivalents in English Language and Maths, and ideally 10 days of school experience in a UK state Secondary school. We also need the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy to be passed, but these can be taken after interview. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

The love of and competency in Physical Education and Maths is one of the most important aspects of being a good teacher in these subjects. You’ll be enthusiastic about Physical Education and Maths, and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks.

Course modules

University training
The programme provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. During the first University phase, we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. All sessions are highly practical with you developing your own understanding and subject knowledge.

You'll gain early experience of teaching within a secondary setting to quickly put theoretical skills into practice. During the second University phase, we respond to the emerging needs from the first placement and further develop subject knowledge.

School training
The School phases are with two different partner schools. The first phase runs from October to Christmas and the second phase runs from February to June. In addition to the school placements, we work with a range of partner schools to offer a variety of school experiences.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • Tutorials at key points across the year
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group activities: presentation, group discussion, role play and collaborative working
  • Independent learning
  • Peer support
  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva)
  • Observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice
  • Professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be provided with an excellent support network through tutorials, visiting speakers, and partner schools and settings. We have shaped the programme to suit your needs as you become attuned to the learning environment of the classroom. Our partner schools maintain equally high standards.

ICT plays a major part in teaching Mathematics in schools, so you're given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of Mathematics-specific software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.

Assessment methods

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous, evidence-based account of your educational journey.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 12,500 per Academic year (International) 1 Years

Campus details

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

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