University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

Mathematics is an exciting and interesting subject. This course seeks to help you share your enthusiasm with your pupils and to develop teaching strategies and skills, which will empower the pupils to generate their own interest and motivation. At the centre of all of our work is the need to make learning mathematics an enjoyable and a positive experience, which produces confident and competent young people.

Mathematics teaching is constantly developing, and the way you learnt in school may not necessarily be the way you end up choosing to teach. The use and application of digital technologies is a feature of the work of teachers and there will be opportunities for student teachers to gain practical experience in this area. There is an expectation that mathematics teachers should deal with the issue of literacy, and matters of numeracy should reflect contexts that are real.

We see no divide between theory and practice. Our work in the University is intensely practical and your practice in school must be thoughtful and reflective. The course is designed so that you become aware of the theoretical foundations on which the teaching and learning of school mathematics rests. In order to do so, the Mathematics PGDE course is organised around four themes:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Mathematics Subject Knowledge
  • Digital Technologies in Mathematics
  • Issues in Mathematics Education

You’ll learn through seminars, group work, tutorials, individual consultations, practical activities. You’ll spend 24 of the 36 weeks in schools.

As well as a PGDE qualification and Qualified Teacher Status, you’ll gain 120 credits at Masters level if you successfully complete the course. You can put these towards study for an MA Applied Professional Studies in Education.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (minimum 2:2, or for maths, physics and physics with maths applicants minimum class 3 with at least a grade B in the relevant A level) in one of our teaching subjects or with a strong element of a teaching subject. You also need grade C in English language and mathematics at GCSE, or the equivalent. You need to pass the professional skills tests before the start of the course.

You will need a degree in mathematics or have at least 50% of your degree in mathematics. If your degree has less than 50% mathematics, we might still accept you, subject to your undertaking of a mathematics enhancement course. As this is an 11-19 course we are also preparing students to teach up to A-level and we will normally take into account the balance of your degree classification and your profile of A-level results.

We expect applicants to have spent time in a secondary school in the United Kingdom either working, volunteering or as a visitor and to have spent some time with the mathematics department in particular.

Course modules

In the university-based part of the course, seminars and practical workshops form the main teaching approaches. These sessions are arranged so that student teachers are actively involved in their own learning, for example through leading seminars and presenting to their peers. In addition, we work closely with local schools and where possible involve mathematics teachers and departments in supporting our work. We regularly visit schools, and teachers also lead some university-based sessions, in order to ensure that our course is fully up-to-date with current school issues.

Your university tutors will support you in enhancing your own subject knowledge. Additionally, they will help you in developing your skills in using digital technology in teaching mathematics. They will also support you in your completion of written assessments, and more generally in terms of coping with the demands of the course.

Assessment methods



Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still being confirmed. The fees below for 2017/18 should be used as a guide.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (home fees) 36 weeks
PGCE Full-time September 2018 £ 16,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 36 weeks

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

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