Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Secondary Education (Mathematics with Business, Initial Teacher Education)

The course is part of the programme for Initial Teacher Training and has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18); trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2 key stages, normally KS3 and KS4; in the 1st half of the autumn term, some trainees may seek to change this to Key Stage 4 and post-16, this will be subject to discussion with the programme leader; the course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the university; trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research; throughout the course students need to work at developing their personal subject knowledge in mathematics, business and information communication technology (ICT); trainees also learn about how best to teach, explain, demonstrate, connect, and bring to life these subjects for pupils; during subject sessions at the university, trainees are introduced to ideas and resources for teaching, see a variety of teaching approaches and learning activities, observe and evaluate videos of lessons, be introduced to how to plan for effective learning, and spend time discussing the many issues relating to learning; students also gain experience of the real-life community and business contexts where these subjects are applied; a substantial proportion of the course is spent in school, learning about the school environment, observing and teaching; students gain teaching experience in 2 complementary school/college placements; students have the opportunity to enhance their experiences of working with young people further during the course and through their school placements, for example by taking part in master-classes and other activities, by attending educational visits, working with young people in out-of-school contexts, or by participating in cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Entry requirements

2.1 degree or equivalent with at least 50 per cent in a related subject. English and mathematics GCSE grade C or equivalent (equivalency tests in English language and mathematics may be available for some applicants). Between 1 and 7 days in a classroom observing mathematics being taught in a comprehensive school. Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience are considered on an individual basis. Entry is subject to satisfactory interview to assess professional suitability and subject to successful medical and Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. Applicants must be provisionally registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE).

Course modules

Modules include: Enabling learning; meeting curriculum challenges; becoming a teacher.

Assessment methods

Trainees are required to pass each unit; they are assessed on written assignments and also on classroom practice against the standards specified by the Secretary of State for the award of QTS; before the end of the course it is recommended that trainees take the computer-based QTS skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communications technology (ICT).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,225 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 11,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

Key information

Admissions and International Development
Telephone number: 
0117 328 3333