Primary with Mathematics (3F35)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Nottingham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
August 2021


About the course

This route is ideal if you want to have an extra, mathematics focused, dimension to your training year. This may give you an enhanced profile for employment and promotion.

L.E.A.D Equate Teaching School Alliance and the University of Nottingham work closely together to ensure that your progress on the course is closely supported and quality assured.

University days are spread throughout the year. You will work with other primary trainees and the sessions will form an integral part of the work you do in school. You will be part of a large cohort of beginning teachers exploring the school curriculum and how to make it accessible and enjoyable to all pupils.

You will have a school mentor and a university tutor who will work closely with you and your mentor. From the beginning of the course you will be regarded as a member of staff but also a beginning teacher. You will attend development days, consultation sessions and extra-curricular activities.

In the second term you will undertake a placement in a second school. This is an opportunity to learn within a different context and share your experiences with other trainees.

Key features of the mathematics specialist route include:

  • Exploration of your personal mathematics background, the aims and values of mathematics education and the importance of being a champion and advocate for mathematics
  • Two half-day sessions, focusing on your role as a mathematics specialist and the leadership and management of mathematics in primary schools
  • A twilight session once per term, that focuses on teaching challenging mathematics topics
  • An immersion day once per term, in which you will take part in a lesson study at a partnership school

The opportunity to:

  • Teach mathematics to more than one age range
  • See mathematics teaching at Key Stage 3 and in the Early Years, in order to understand the progression of the subject

The course is assessed at postgraduate level. It incorporates two 30-credit modules which may be counted towards the MA in Education. Assignments may be written pieces or presentations and may include collaborative work.

Practical Teaching is assessed by a range of colleagues. Account is taken of your work over all school based elements of the course and your written records of such work.

For the award of the PGCE and to achieve QTS, you must have reached the required standard in both elements of the course.

Interview process

When you come for a School Direct interview at the University, there are likely to be other applicants being interviewed alongside you. You will not be in competition with the other applicants, in fact, we are keen to see that you can work collaboratively with others. The criteria we will use at interview to decide whether or not we offer you a place on the course are:

  • an awareness of current educational issues;
  • a realistic and positive view of schools and schooling;
  • an open and enquiring mind;
  • clear reasons for wanting to teach at the level for which you have applied;
  • motivation and commitment to teaching pupils of all levels of ability;
  • maturity and self confidence;
  • an appropriate level of subject knowledge in your chosen subject for secondary applicants.

You will be interviewed by staff from The School of Education. You may be asked to carry out certain tasks that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, individually or in groups.

We then interview you in school. This will include:

  • Working with a group in class alongside class teacher
  • Q&A Interview

We will inform you of our decision asap after your interview. If you are given a conditional offer of a place on the School Direct course, you will receive a pack of information describing the steps you should take next. The conditional offer will become unconditional when we have received your acceptance and all the necessary clearances and documentation.

How school placements work

Placements will be based in one of our L.E.A.D. Academy Trust schools. When you visit a L.E.A.D. school you will notice these core characteristics:

  • the highest standards of behaviour and conduct;
  • outstanding teaching and learning;
  • a fully inclusive approach where all children are equally important;
  • a climate of mutual respect between the children, staff and community;
  • positive relationships;
  • high aspirations for all involved with the school – a ‘can do’ attitude;
  • a wide range of enrichment opportunities for all to get involved;
  • a celebration of all the cultures and faiths represented in the school;
  • an organisation where there are no excuses for underachievement.

You will be supported in developing a deepened understanding of the Mathematics Curriculum, given your specialism.

To find out more about L.E.A.D. schools please visit our website

To learn more about what L.E.A.D. Equate can offer whilst you are training, please visit our itt overview pages


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



All applicants are required on entry to the course to hold a UK degree or equivalent qualification.

In additional to a degree you will need have passed GCSE English Language, mathematics and science at grade C (grade 4) or above, or equivalent. For the primary with mathematics course you will also need A level mathematics grade C or above.

Personal qualities

  • A passion for and dedication to teaching and the importance of education
  • The ability to develop positive relationships with students
  • A patient, caring, and kind disposition
  • Ability to develop a knowledge of all learners
  • Ability to engaging all pupils in learning
  • Resilience and optimism

Other requirements

All trainee teachers who enter the training programme will be expected to demonstrate that they are competent in Fundamental English and mathematics.

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’. It is important that you disclose any medical condition or disability so that we can look at the best way of supporting you if you are offered a place on the course.

You will be subject to safeguarding checks which includes an enhanced DBS check.

About the training provider

Everything we do in our schools is about giving children a high quality education. We celebrate the fact that all children are unique and we have high aspirations for all their futures. At the L.E.A.D. Equate Teaching School Alliance we are committed to high quality training that impacts on the learning experiences of every child’s education.

We work closely with the University of Nottingham to design and develop an innovative Initial Teacher Training programme linked with our specialism of high quality teaching in a variety of educational settings. All trainee teachers within our alliance meet half termly to engage with our enhanced and enriched curriculum. This is delivered by outstanding practitioners from our schools. This is an opportunity for you to consider your development as a teacher and reflect upon practice within different settings. Past trainees have found these sessions invaluable and a majority of trainees have gone on to secure successful teaching positions within one of our 25 Trust based schools.

As a trainee teacher in our alliance, you will learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring. All trainee teachers observe outstanding teaching and get to work alongside the best teachers in an apprenticeship role.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The L.E.A.D. Equate TSA has a duty of care to find out if trainees have a disability or medical condition. This may include aspects such as dyslexia, mental health or long-term physical impairments. In that way we can make sure that students are offered the support they need to successfully access the programme. In declaring the level of need, reasonable adjustments can then be made to suit the needs of the applicant. We do not view disability as a barrier to teaching effectively and we will endeavour to ensure that all candidates can access the training programme and go on to teach successfully within a setting.

Contact details

L.E.A.D. Academy Trust, Manor Farm Academy
Tiber Road
North Hykeham


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