Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

The PGDE, PGCE and the Professional PGCE are recognised teaching qualifications, but the PGDE and PGCE allow fast track entry to Master's courses; the choice of which qualification to take is made while on the course; successful completion of the course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); school or college experience is central to the course and at least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least 2 different secondary schools or colleges; during the 1st phase, 2 days of school or college experience each week for 3 weeks are spent in school leading up to a 6 week block placement; trainee teachers are gradually given more responsibility and increase their contribution in both the classroom and to the corporate life of the school; the 2nd phase begins with a 2 day, weekly attachment for the 1st 3 weeks of the spring term, leading up to the final assessed 13 week block placement; in both placements the training programme is planned by mentors to allow progressive acquisition of the skills, knowledge and understanding students need to be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (a minimum 2.2) in a related subject, or equivalent. GCSE/O-level, or equivalent in English and mathematics at grade C. A minimum of 2 weeks school observation experience in a secondary school. Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and interview.

Course modules

This course has a practical emphasis where the teaching of mathematics in the school classroom is clearly in evidence; the skills and methods of teaching mathematics in an effective way are fully explored and are underpinned by research findings; the course aims to develop confidence and competence in teaching mathematics in the secondary age range, either 11 to 16 or 11 to 18; the course provides trainees with an understanding of the importance of the school National Curriculum and other government initiatives such as the National Numeracy Strategy; students gain the ability to plan and evaluate teaching and learning situations and to practice classroom teaching skills, broaden knowledge of available information communication technology resources and how they may be used in school mathematics and understand how children learn mathematics, including the difficulties they experience.

Assessment methods

University based subject application studies and education and professional studies are continuously assessed by course work on a modular basis; a separate, formal assessment also takes place in practical teaching.

Sponsorship information

Students with a 1.1 are entitled to �20,000; students with a 2.1 to �15,000 and students with a 2.2 to �12,000.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE (professional) Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus Nottingham NG11 8NS East Midlands

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