Lionheart Teach Mathematics (AE34)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
Loughborough University
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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.

Age range
11 to 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The ethos of the Mathematics PGCE course is to develop the thinking behind your teaching as well as the skills involved with being an excellent teacher of mathematics. Loughborough has been acknowledged by Ofsted to be an outstanding provider for PGCE.

Having a good level of personal subject knowledge is important but what is equally important is having pedagogic subject knowledge, which concerns the way you might go about teaching that knowledge to someone else. The course will address a variety of ways in which the teaching of mathematics can be approached, of which telling and explaining are only two of the options available.

The course will involve you learning about such things as the National Curriculum, mathematics assessments and standard misconceptions. It will also challenge your thinking about what it means to work mathematically, what teaching involves, and what it means to say someone has learnt something.

Most of the sessions will involve carefully chosen activities which allow you to experience personally some important issues relating to teaching and learning mathematics. Sessions will involve a significant amount of discussion which will arise from reflection upon activities, videos or readings.

On arrival in Loughborough, students begin Phase A of their training, starting with an intensive University-based programme consisting of days devoted to subject work and days for the core Professional Studies Programme. This helps prepare students for their first school placement, which at Loughborough comes early in the PGCE course. By Christmas, everyone will have completed over a month’s teaching in their placement school. Students then return to the same school after Christmas, continuing with their teaching for a further two weeks.

A similar format is repeated in the second half of the year (Phase B). Some mainly University-based weeks lead into a substantial period of teaching experience in a contrasting school.

It is situated within the Mathematics Education Centre which has an international reputation for research into teaching and learning mathematics at all ages. This enables the course to be research informed as well as practically based. The course offers 90 credits towards a Masters degree with a clear pathway to complete your Masters within two years of teaching.

School placements

Placements schools will be those within The Lionheart Educational Trust. Schools are selected to ensure a breadth of experience, though we will consider any preferences. You will have the opportunity to experience teaching across the 11-18 age range.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase 1’ and ‘Phase 2’ placements.

Phase 1 Your first placement is the ‘Phase 1’ placement. After induction you will then spend about 10 weeks in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject mentor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.

Phase 2 During your ‘Phase 2’ placement you will spend about 12 weeks in your second placement school. The Phase 2 school has a Co-ordinator and mentor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the ‘Phase 1’ School.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for Lionheart Teach School Direct trainees to come together to share their experiences and good practice in our CPD days, whilst on placement. This enriches the experience and builds vital collaboration between trainees and subject areas.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Your degree subject should be in mathematics or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

Other requirements

Applications are welcome from students with very good qualifications in their Mathematics at GCSE (grade A or above) and A level (grade C or above) or equivalent. Those students with joint or combined honours degrees in which mathematics is a major subject are also welcome to apply. In all cases applicants should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for Mathematics at interview. This course prepares teachers who are fully able to teach up to A level and thus candidates need to have strong Mathematics subject knowledge.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,405

UK and EU Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2022 Tuition fees for the 2022/23academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2021 was:

£9,250 PGCE students can apply for loans from Student Finance England and may be entitled to a tax-free NCTL bursary.

Scholarship If you’ve got a love of maths and a desire to teach you could receive £32,000 to teach maths - a £22,000 tax-free scholarship while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching.

To be awarded a Scholarship you will need outstanding subject knowledge and the potential to become an inspirational mathematics teacher.

To view the full eligibility criteria and submit an application, please visit the website of the appropriate organisation:

Institute of Physics (Physics and Physics with Maths) Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (Maths)

Starting in September 2022 Tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fee for students who started in September 2019 was:

£15,405 Please note that International Students will not be eligible for bursaries offered by the Department for Education. For more information, please visit the Get into Teaching website.

About the training provider

Lionheart Teach is the Leicester and Leicestershires School Direct Initial Teacher Training run by the Lionheart Educational Trust. Our Trust seeks to develop excellent teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with the high quality teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development. The school direct partnership works with our family of schools across Leicester & Leicestershire to develop trainee teachers to teach across different settings in our valued communities.

Our Trust is built on a perfect balance of Academic Excellence and Holistic Development. We realise the importance of delivering quality first teaching; developing well-rounded young people and preparing them for life beyond education. We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching with our team of experts. We pride ourselves on delivering a personalised programme where you can thrive and realise your passion to become a teacher who makes a real difference and positively impact on the lives of others.

Our Schools: Beauchamp College, an 11-18 school, Oadby Beauchamp City Sixth Form, Leicester City Centre The Castle Rock School, 11-18 school, Coalville The Cedars Academy, 11-19 school, Birstall Humphrey Perkins, 11-16 school, Barrow upon Soar Judgemeadow Community College, 11-16 school, Evington The Martin High School, 11-19 school, Anstey The Newbridge School, 11-16 school, Coalville Sir Jonathan North Girl’s College, 11-16 girls’ school, Leicester There are 5 primaries in The Trust: Brockshill Primary, Oadby Broom Leys School, Coalville Hallam Fields Primary, Birstall Highcliffe Academy, Birstall Riverside Primary, Birstall

About the accredited body

Loughborough University has a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas. We are renowned for the high quality courses we offer in Physical Education and Mathematics. Highly rated in Ofsted inspections, Loughborough is a category ‘A’ provider which represents ‘outstanding’ provision. We have a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing outstanding teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas

Interview process

You are required to attend an interview if you are selected for consideration for a place on this course

The selection process will determine whether you: have the intellectual capabilities needed to meet the Teachers’ Standards; possess appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher; are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English.

Careful consideration is given to every applicant. Loughborough University abides by its Equal Opportunities Policy. Ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in teaching and we particularly welcome applicants from such backgrounds.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

Definition of Disability A person has a disability if:

  • they have a physical or mental impairment
  • the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to perform normal day-to-day activities (Equality Act 2010)

Reasonable Adjustments: To achieve this level playing field the concept of reasonable adjustment has been established. Please contact as at to talk about how we can support you.

A vitally important aspect of providing a reasonable adjustment is that the dignity of individuals is paramount. This point is relevant to all of us whatever our role. Disabled people do not want favours and do not want to stand out as special cases. They simply want the same level of opportunity to achieve and to live.

In addition to support available from Lionheart Teach as a student of the University of Leicester, Loughborough University or Nottingham Trent University you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

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Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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