University of Leeds School of Education

University of Leeds

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

PGCE Mathematics will provide you with the skills and experience you need to teach mathematics across the full 11-18 Secondary age range. We design our programmes to develop both subject knowledge and teaching techniques, so, in addition to broadening your own mathematics knowledge, you will be encouraged to think creatively about tasks and activities that will enable children and young people to gain a better understanding of Mathematics. You will discover different teaching methods, learn about common misconceptions, deliver presentations, use a set of imaginative teaching materials and discuss related social and political issues. As we value the role of ICT in teaching Mathematics, we will also help you to become an enthusiastic and fluent user of appropriate software.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent qualification, of which half the content should relate to Mathematics. If your degree does not relate to Mathematics, then the successful completion of a relevant enhancement and extension course. At least 1 A Level of direct relevance to the National Curriculum. Experience of working with the 11-18 age range.

Plus: English language and mathematics GCSEs (or equivalent) with grade C or higher; satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau (or, for candidates from overseas, the equivalent level of clearance); possess the appropriate qualities, values and attitudes expected of a teacher; to be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English; meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.

Course modules

Secondary Practical Teaching covers your work placements in 2 partnership schools where you will acquire direct teaching experience. You will have the opportunity to work with teachers and children in both Secondary Key Stages and post-16. Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (1) and Secondary Educational and Professional Studies: Practice, theory and research (2) engage with the contemporary educational and professional issues related to the 11 to 18 age range. You will focus upon the relationship between theory, research evidence and practice, and explore the practical aspects of teaching and learning, such as assessment, differing learning styles, classroom organisation and behaviour management. These 2 modules support and complement the secondary mathematics module and closely link to your placement work. Secondary mathematics reinforces your own knowledge and understanding of mathematics, and investigates the principles and concepts of 'best practice' for teaching, learning and assessment in mathematics. You will acquire the ability to plan, teach and manage mathematics lessons to National Curriculum requirements, and learn to communicate the value of mathematics learning and assess the learning impact of your own lessons.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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