Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers, but we are helping to produce teachers of excellence who can inspire young people in the classroom. The course enables graduates to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to teach successfully, as well as explore the knowledge, skills and understanding young people need as part of their mathematics education. As well as taking advantage of the superb facilities at the faculty, trainees have access to the team of tutors, all of whom are outstanding teachers of mathematics.

Entry requirements

A good degree (minimum 2.2) from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent, at least 50 per cent of which is in mathematics or a mathematics-related subject area. Applicants must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if they are offered an interview they will take a written test to assess their standard of English. Candidates who do not already have GCSEs in English language and mathematics, or their equivalent, and are not registered to take them, should visit Equivalency Testing. It should be noted that applicants taking the equivalency tests need to have passed prior to making an application. For entry onto a teaching course from September 2014 candidates are also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. Pre-Interview School Experience: For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that applicants will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview stage of the recruitment process candidates are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher. It will support their application to undertake this teaching episode prior to application and in advance of their interview. Please read the guidance document before downloading the Pre-Interview School Experience Report which applicants will need the qualified teacher observing them to complete. Selection Interview: As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect applicants to demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching. Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please note: applicants who are not graduates and wish to train as a mathematics teachers but whose degrees did not provide any or enough mathematics content for them to gain automatic entry on to a secondary mathematics teacher training course the University also offers a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in Mathematics. This is a 24 week course that runs full time from February. This National College for Teaching and Leadership accredited course will help applicants to gain enough mathematics and pedagogical experience to successfully progress onto a Secondary Mathematics course at the end of the programme.

Course modules

The individual learner; rationale for subject teaching; assessment at Key Stage 3; subject pedagogy; research.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Professional Development Profile is verified by mentors.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 10,500 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City North Campus Birmingham B42 2SU West Midlands

Key information

Course Enquiries Team
Telephone number: 
0121 331 5595