Creative Education Trust Mathematics (M237)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
University of East Anglia
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 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

This 38-week, full-time PGCE Secondary Mathematics programme will equip you with the skills, experience and knowledge you need to teach Mathematics to pupils aged between 11 and 16, with 6th form enhancement.

A great Mathematics teacher can play a pivotal role in a secondary school child’s life. You will spend your days inspiring young minds and watching your pupils grow in confidence; helping them achieve their full potential. It is a challenging career, but also one that is exceptionally rewarding.

Upon successful completion of your PGCE, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 90 Master’s credits.

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School placements

You will spend most of your year based in schools with your second placement being hosted at the school selected in your application.

Your first placement school will be selected for you, although we will endeavour to arrange this at our other local Creative Education Trust school.

During the two extensive placements in schools, you will gain a broad range of practical teaching experience. You will learn to put ideas and theory into practice.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 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 will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We are unable consider candidates with pending GCSEs. We will, however, consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths. You should have received a certificate from your equivalency test before submitting your application. We only accept English and Maths tests taken via, with grades of A*-C or 4-9.

Personal qualities

Trainees are selected on the basis of their application form, references and an interview. You are encouraged to prepare thoroughly.

Application forms should demonstrate strengths in subject and curriculum knowledge, your enthusiasm and commitment to a career in teaching, and the age range for which you have applied.

Other requirements

Prior to submitting your application, we recommend you gain some observational experience in a classroom environment if possible. This will help you gain an up-to-date understanding of how classrooms are managed and how teaching and learning takes place.

Applicants must also obtain:

An Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service A satisfactory Health Check. All PGCE trainee teachers must meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All trainee teachers must have the health and physical capacity to teach and not put children and young people at risk of harm.

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 £19,800

Financial support from the training provider

Find out more about the Financial Support available within the University of East Anglia website:

About the training provider

Creative Education Trust is a network of 17 schools educating 13,500 children and young people. We are committed to providing excellent educational opportunities for children of all abilities and to building cultural capital through a wide range of co-curricular activities.

Our teacher training ethos echoes our commitment to the young people in our schools: to promote creative, integrated and pro-active thinking, ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. We work in partnership with a number of ITE providers to ensure that we are able to offer opportunities in a broad range of subjects throughout our geographically diverse Trust schools.

Creative Education Trust is committed to offering trainee teachers the best opportunities to grow and learn surrounded by supportive and experienced colleagues. Whilst we are unable to guarantee employment, historically 100% of our graduating School Direct trainees have been employed in Trust schools and continue to be supported in their development through the Early Career Framework.

If you would like to explore opportunities to join us, we currently offer School Direct training at the following schools:

Ash Green School (Coventry), Wrenn School (Wellingborough), Weavers Academy (Wellingborough), Abbeyfield School (Northampton), Milton Keynes Academy (MK), Ellis Guilford School (Nottingham), Bulwell Academy (Nottingham), Lynn Grove Academy (Great Yarmouth), and Caister Academy (Great Yarmouth).

Should you wish to spend a day in school prior to submitting your application, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange this for you.

About the accredited body

UEA is a top UK university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and are ranked among the top 182 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022).

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning is internationally recognised for the quality of its educational research. Our research has made a difference in schools across the country.

All UEA PGCE tutors have experience of school teaching and leadership, and all are specialists in particular areas of the curriculum. You will be well-supported throughout your PGCE, both during your time in school and on campus.

Interview process

Interviews are part of the formal selection process and will be held at UEA Campus. You will need to present yourself well, come prepared, and dress smartly. Your interview day will include:

An introductory talk An individual interview A written task Engage in small group discussion You may also be asked to complete other relevant tasks such as:

Giving a presentation A group interview Literacy, numeracy and subject knowledge questions

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

Creative Education Trust is committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme.

Contact this training provider

Ash Green School
Ash Green Lane
West Midlands

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

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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