University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

Like the PGCE the PGDipEd leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but it also offers 120 credits at Master�s level; thus following satisfactory completion of this course, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies; the course tries to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of mathematics; the students is developed as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach mathematics and make informed decisions about how they work with students; students become aware of issues relating to: planning lessons; assessment; the difference between telling students information and teaching students; standard misconceptions students have about mathematics topics; how different approaches to teaching a topic can change the learning experience for students; how choice of resources and technology can change the sort of mathematics with which students engage; along the way the student is introduced to the National Curriculum and the National Numeracy Strategy.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualification of which at least 50 per cent is mathematics relevant to the National Curriculum; applicants who hold a mathematics A-level and have some mathematics content in their degree, but not enough to meet the 50 per cent requirement, may be eligible for the 1 year mathematics SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) course, with successful completion leading to the 1 year PGCE; in addition to this applicants are required to have a grade C in GCSE mathematics and English, or equivalent, on application; students must also provide a satisfactory medical form; complete an enhanced CRB or police check, including registration with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA); complete a declaration of Suitability to Teach; adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Course modules

The course consists of 5 phases: preparation (university and some school-based activities); school placement 1 (7 week placement in school); development (university and 1 week in a 2nd school); school placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); completion (2 further weeks in 2nd school and 2 weeks in university).

Assessment methods

Assessment is via a number of methods including: written assignments; 2 teaching placements; the Teachers' Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); the course is assessed at Master's level and successful completion awards 120 credits.


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

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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