University of Bristol

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

The School of Education is an Ofsted 'Outstanding Provider' and offers a one year programme for graduates leading to the award of PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education).

There is not one way to teach Mathematics. Schools use a variety of approaches and we see the programme as allowing each individual student teacher to discover how best to use themselves and their talents to teach Mathematics effectively to those children with whom they work. We support each student teacher to develop flexibility of approach and learn new skills.

Entry requirements

We need a minimum of a 2:2 degree in a subject related to the one you wish to teach. You also need a minimum of Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or above (grade 4 or above from summer 2017 onwards).

We do accept overseas qualifications but you would need to get confirmation through NARIC that these are equivalent to British qualifications. All candidates must have passed the Literacy and Numeracy Skills Tests before starting the course.

Course modules

The programme aims to use the strengths of the group of student teachers to support each other through:

  •     working on issues of teaching and learning;
  •     doing mathematics together;
  •     developing and extending their knowledge of mathematics at their own level;
  •     looking at activities for the classroom, to see what pupils might experience;
  •     sharing technical skills such as using computer equipment and packages;
  •     working, both individually and as a group, in a variety of schools with different practices and comparing and contrasting those experiences.

Recent years have seen many changes to the mathematics curriculum and we expect the next few years to be ones of embedding and consolidating new practices. Developments in our knowledge about how children learn mathematics have led to major changes in emphasis and teaching approach to meet the needs of the whole attainment range in schools. These include more discussion, practical activity, problem-solving and open-ended investigative work, greater emphasis on mathematics as a means of communication and a focus on mental methods of calculation and algorithms, alongside the use of calculators and computers so that pupils come to master the structures of mathematics.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 1 Years

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Campus or study location: 
School of Education, University of Bristol
PGCE Office, School of Education
School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
Telephone number: 
+44 (0) 117 331 4103