Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (35GT)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Leicester
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or 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
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Our Secondary teacher training programme for Mathematics is an exceptional partnership of Forest Way Teaching School Alliance – FWTSA, the University of Leicester and six local secondary schools all with Good Ofsted ratings.

This course is made up of both university-based sessions - which will give you a grounding in the principles of good teaching practice - and school-based placements giving you the chance to apply your knowledge and experience a wide range of classroom situations. These placements will be in contrasting schools within FWTSA to give you a broad range of experience.

Although your placement will be at an Alliance school, you will share most, if not all, the Secondary PGCE Professional Studies Course with the Secondary PGCE students on the ‘core’ (University-led) PGCE course, giving you a great opportunity to share experience and practice with other students. Your subject studies will be undertaken together with core PGCE students.

This training will focus on all aspects of teaching pedagogy, including lesson planning and evaluation, behaviour management, literacy and functional skills, learning theory, diversity and inclusion, equality, safeguarding, creative engagement, PSHE and form tutoring.

In school, your subject teaching will be closely monitored and supported by a mentor in the department. Senior members of staff hold overall responsibility in each school for the training of trainee teachers, including tutorials and the provision of opportunities for professional development and whole school concerns.

Successful completion of the course leads to PGCE and 90 credits at Masters level awarded by the University of Leicester and Qualified Teacher Status.

This course differs from our other Mathematics course on offer with the University of Derby in that training for this course will be solely provided by the University of Leicester. Although placement schools are the same, the University of Leicester course provide all their own training and there will be no time spent training at FWTSA.

Interview process

You will be expected to attend two interviews, one with the University of Leicester and one with FWTSA.

  • The interview at University of Leicester will comprise of:
  • Written task (subject to change)
  • Presentation
  • Group discussion and short presentation
  • Formal Interview

You will need to bring the following with you to the interview:

  • Photo ID (Passport/Driving Licence)
  • Original Degree Certificate (if available)
  • Original Maths GCSE Certificate
  • Original English GCSE Certificate

The interview at FWTSA will comprise of:

  • Group discussion on selected topics and current educational issues
  • Individual interview
  • Written subject task (subject to change)
  • Visit to class to meet pupils and teachers

The interview will usually take place at one of the secondary schools in the Alliance.

How school placements work

Secondary schools in our Alliance are divided into High Schools and Upper Schools. There are four high schools who take pupils from age 11 to 14, Years 7,8 and 9 and two upper schools who take pupils from age 14 to 19, Years 10, 11,12,13.

You will have a placement at both age ranges, School Direct trainees will spend both their extended secondary school placements in two of our alliance schools.

Please see our website Alliance Partners page for details of all our partner schools and links to their websites.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for your Initial Teacher Training PGCE.

Bursaries are also available – these don’t need to be repaid but they do vary according to the subject you’re planning to teach and the classification of your first degree.

Find out more about paying for your teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £28,000
  • a bursary of £26,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £2,000 in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Mathematics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

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.

Financial support from the training provider

Find out about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to at the University of Leicester website



You will need to be working towards or have gained the following:

  • 2:1 degree for English
  • 2:2 degree for Maths, Modern Languages, Sciences or Religious Education
  • GCSE at C/4 or above in English and Maths, prior to application
  • Professional Skills Test PASS for literacy and numeracy, by the start of the course
  • Academic and professional references

Personal qualities

We are seeking to recruit highly motivated and inspiring individuals who are excited about the School Direct PGCE and have:

  • a genuine commitment to teaching
  • excellent communication skills
  • ability to form good and effective relationships
  • reflective qualities
  • emotional resilience
  • awareness of current educational issues
  • energy and a sense of humour!
  • experience in educational related settings, or wider experience of working with children or young people
  • any particular outstanding/subject specific skills

Please use your personal statement to highlight these qualities and give us a clear picture of why you want to teach.

Other requirements

Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report. The University will provide more information about this should you be offered a place.

All offers are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure. The University will provide instructions regarding the DBS application process once you have accepted an offer of a place on the course.

About the training provider

Training with FWTSA Forest Way Teaching School Alliance is based in the North West Leicestershire area and our accredited providers are University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University. We are now in our ninth year of delivering both Primary and Secondary School Direct PGCE.

Your placement will be at one of our Alliance schools. With 40+ primary, 6 secondary and 3 special schools, there is a huge array of expertise on hand which gives trainees a great breadth of opportunity.

Our teacher training is led by Programme Managers and a team of experienced practitioners offering a wealth of educational skills and knowledge, and are dedicated to the professional development of outstanding teachers. Working with our partners we have developed a programme which incorporates hands on work at schools, regular time at university and, where appropriate, practical, locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners ‘doing the job’.

Our Alliance is progressive and proactive with a major focus on career development – from Initial Teacher Training, NQT Induction and training, right though to headship. Training at FWTSA Hub takes place in our local training suite. Primary and Secondary students will undertake some joint training and will have the opportunity to network. For details of student facilities at our partner universities please see their individual websites.

For more information please see our website or contact our Programme Managers

About the accredited body

University of Leicester have a long and proud history of training outstanding teachers. Their long-standing partnership with schools ensures that students can experience practical teaching placements in a diverse range of schools. So when you start your teaching career, you’ll have the confidence and ability to teach in a variety of settings.

School Direct Course content is the same as the University-Led PGCE, though some elements are delivered in school. Other elements are delivered on campus as with the University-Led PGCE.

FWTSA as School Direct provider, organises your placements within the Forest Way Teaching Alliance schools.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance and our accrediting providers, University of Derby, University of Leicester and Loughborough University, are committed to Equal Opportunities for all trainees, and support is available for candidates who require it. Please make clear any support you may require.

Contact details

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
Warren Hills Road
LE67 4UU


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