Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

In the autumn term the emphasis is on getting to know the different parts of the school mathematics curriculum and possible teaching approaches. Students review their mathematics experience, identify any gaps and begin to do something about them. They look at the possibilities of using information technology in teaching mathematics, and explore different approaches to assessing pupils. An important feature of the term is developing skills in posing questions, and this is followed through in the 1st assignment, which is built around pupils working in an investigative manner. Students learn about whole-school issues as well as mathematics teaching, and are expected to contribute to the pastoral life of the school.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate or postgraduate degree at least 50 per cent of content should be in the proposed teaching subject; GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics; an enhanced disclosure certificate from the Government�s Criminal Records Bureau (CRB); an occupational health questionnaire.

Assessment methods

There is continuous assessment, carefully phased throughout the year. There are 2 broad components: School-based work and college-based work. Progress in school-based work is assessed over the course of the 3 terms. Students also need to pass computer-based tests in literacy, numeracy and information communication technology. These tests are an important part of training, and are normally taken alongside the taught element of the PGCE. The assessment of college-based work is in 3 units, and depends on subject areas. Tutors give details of this at the beginning of the year, and are set clear dates for the submission of work to help them spread the workload throughout the year. For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), students are also formally assessed on their competence in the classroom and ability to meet the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) standards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

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