University of Chester

University of Chester

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

The course attracts 60 credits at Master's level; the course is designated 11-16 with the option of receiving enhancement at post 16 level; successful completion of the programme enables the University to recommend Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); trainees enjoy a variety of educational experiences, including a subject enrichment week Mathamagic working with primary and secondary pupils, looking at physical, practical, engaging and collaborative mathematics activities and competitions.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent qualifications; or applicants in the final year of their degree programmes; the content of the degree should be appropriate to the secondary school curriculum in mathematics, usually at least 1/2 of the degree content is mathematics; applicants whose degree is in another subject, but have A-level mathematics (or equivalent) are accepted on to the course and are usually expected to complete a mathematics enhancement course to enrich and deepen their subject knowledge prior to the start of the PGCE; recommendation and application for these courses can be made following interview for the PGCE course; all applicants need to demonstrate a willingness and commitment to read widely in order to extend their subject and pedagogical knowledge; applicants must have gained GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and English language (or equivalent); the University would usually expect applicants to have had the equivalence of 2 weeks experience in a state secondary school, observing teachers in their chosen subject specialism, learning about the curriculum, taking part in working with pupils and reflecting upon the process of education.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Lesson observation feedback; development of subject knowledge; assignments; submission of professional files.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time - 1 years
PGCE Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Parkgate Road Campus Chester CH1 4BJ North West

Key information

PGCE Secondary Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 511000