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The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership 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
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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 Beauchamp Lionheart 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 A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

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

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

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

All candidates should hold, on entry, a degree awarded by a United Kingdom higher education institution, or equivalent qualification.

  • should have obtained, on entry, a grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
  • are required to satisfy this University that you are physically and mentally ‘fit to teach’ before embarking on the course.
  • are required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to verify your suitability for working with young people.

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 UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

UK and EU Students This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2020 Tuition fees for the 2020/21 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:

£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 2020 Tuition fees for the 2020/21 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

Beauchamp College is an outstanding 11-19 school with a 6th form of over 1000 students. We have a strong tradition of supporting young people in gaining the highest GCSE and A’ Level results through high quality teaching and subject specialism.

Our educational mission is simple: ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they choose to do. The trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in a competitive world.

All schools in the partnership will be part of the same Multi-Academy Trust. The Lionheart Academies Trust seeks to develop teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development.

We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching in collaboration with an expert team.

Our Schools:

  • Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school in Oadby (Lead School)
  • The Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school in Birstall
  • Sir Jonathan North Community College, an 11-16 girls’ school based in Leicester
  • Judgemeadow Community College, and 11-16 school in Evington
  • The Martin High School, an 11-19 school in Anstey
  • Beauchamp City Sixth Form, a 16-18 college in Leicester City Centre

There are 4 primary schools in The Trust:

  • Brockshill
  • Riverside
  • Hallam Fields
  • Highcliffe Academy

Find out more here: BeauchampTeach

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.

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 The Beauchamp Lionheart Training Partnership, as a University of Leicester Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University PGCE student you will have access to the full range of University student services such as study support and welfare counselling.

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Courses are currently closed but you can still start or continue an application anyway.

You'll be able to:

  • find courses starting in the 2022 to 2023 academic year from 9am on 5 October 2021
  • submit your application from 9am on 12 October 2021