Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

The programme qualifies you to teach maths across the 11-18 secondary age range and consists of two integrated elements, which are university-based and school-based.

We offer a highly practical course, which builds upon theoretical knowledge and critical reflection. Interactive workshops, lectures and seminars are the main method of instruction.

On school placements you will have a dedicated mentor within the maths team who will support your progress and development in school.

University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching mathematics effectively.

The programme is mainly school based in line with government requirements with 24 out of 36 weeks spent in partnership schools, where student teachers work with a subject specialist (the subject mentor) and a senior member of the school staff (the senior mentor). The university-based modules comprise of initial professional development and curriculum studies in the subject in which the student teacher is specialising.​

Welsh medium school placements are available within all subject pathways in Cardiff Met's PGCE Secondary programme.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in mathematics or in a subject where mathematics constitutes a major component, with at least a 2.2 classification. Applicants for PGCE maths will also require an A-level in maths.

GCSE mathematics and English language at grade B or above are required for entry onto the course; ideally experience in observing/supporting learning; interview which involves tests in literacy and numeracy and a comprehension task; entry is also subject to a satisfactory health check and satisfactory criminal records check.

Course modules

The outline pattern for the year is:

  • Two induction weeks at the start of September are university based
  • One week observational experience in a primary school
  • First secondary school experience from the end of Sept. to the end of January
  • One interplacement week back at university
  • Second secondary school experience from February to the end of June.

During secondary school placements, every Monday is spent at university, with Tues to Fri spent in school. Students consistently rate this as one of the key positive features of the course. Regular contact with other students and with tutors is seen as very supportive and an effective way to regularly develop and reflect on knowledge and skills.

You will receive regular feedback on your progress as well as a number of planned lesson observations during the course.

Assessment methods

Student teachers will be assessed both on practical teaching and academic assignments. The latter is assessed at Masters level and affords student teachers 60 credits at 'M' level. A pass is required for both school and university based modules. Progress is monitored by continuous assessment of student teachers' competence against statutory standards.

There is no formal end of programme examination.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,000 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cyncoed Campus Cardiff CF23 6XD Wales

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