University of Bolton Mathematics (V595)

PGCE with QTS full time

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
One year full time, up to two years part time.
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

This Secondary (11-16) PGCE with QTS will support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach maths in the secondary sector and inspire the next generation of young people. Combining university and school-based experience with expert tuition from our experienced educationalists, this ITT course aims to ensure you can learn what it takes to teach.

This master’s level Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme offers you a range of experience in secondary schools. You will gain knowledge of diverse socio-economic settings and students with different needs and abilities. Your subject-specialist mentor will support you throughout your training, and university tutors will help you develop research-informed approaches to teaching in secondary schools. Our bespoke Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) programme will focus on building your knowledge of the Mathematics national curriculum and support your teaching during your placements.

Course Highlights: This programme offers you the opportunity to gain a PGCE (Secondary 11-16) Mathematics and Qualified Teacher Status. School-based-experience is a core component of this course and you will undertake at least two teaching placements, totalling a minimum of 120 days’ experience in local secondary schools. Our highly qualified and dedicated Education team offer a wealth of experience of teaching in the secondary sector. Our Subject Specialist Studies (SSS) enhanced learning programme offers you the chance to explore and develop your skills in teaching mathematics and is aligned to the national curriculum.

Key Features: This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Training course – you do not need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners. During the course, you will have the opportunity to gain diverse placement experiences in other institutions to enhance your professional development.

School placements

You will have 2 main school placements: School Experience A and School Experience B. There will also be the opportunity for you to complete a spring-term Diverse Placement in a local school in a different sector, for example a SEN/D placement, 6th form, or primary setting, to enable you to experience a diverse range of sector experience to enhance your professional development.

Placement schools will predominantly be in the Bolton area, and will be selected for you with input from both your personal preference and local school requirements.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

If this is not in a subject aligned to the course then you may be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programme (SKE) to ensure you meet the minimum subject expertise to begin your Initial Teacher Training. A further skills audit will identify subject specialist skills and will inform your action plan for your training programme.

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.

Personal qualities

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated candidates that have a passion for teaching, and a passion for their specialist subject.

Whilst there is no requirement for you to have any experience of teaching, you are expected to have some knowledge of the secondary sector and be able to express why you wish to train to teach.

Other requirements

This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

About the training provider

With a student body of around 11,000 you will get the best of all worlds at Bolton. You will be based on a modern, compact campus where no-one feels anonymous and, with small teaching groups on many courses, you can be sure you are a name, not just a number. Our number one mission is to be a distinctive “Teaching Intensive and Research Informed” university that puts student experience and education first, supported by the quality of our staff, our facilities and our links to employment sectors. A Silver TEF Rated University: The University of Bolton is a Teaching Intensive, Research Informed Higher Education Institution whose distinctive high quality, student-focused, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes attract applications from all over the world. It will offer an exciting and challenging student experience with high levels of proactive student support and with excellent facilities which match the quality of its academic provision.

Interview process

After you have applied you will be invited in to a Fundamental English and Maths Initial Assessment. Once you have successfully passed the initial assessments, you will be invited to a Selection day interview which will take place at a Teach Lead Bolton Consortium school.

The Selection day will consist of a formal interview, a group collaboration task, and you will be required to prepare a 5 minute presentation to share with the panel.

The Selection Day panel will consist of 2 or 3 colleagues from the University of Bolton and Teach Lead Bolton Consortium schools.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are proud that all elements of society are fully represented and that we are a culturally diverse, inclusive learning community in which staff and students continue to learn from, and celebrate, individual differences. We strive to nurture the qualities that students bring with them, putting heavy emphasis on developing the skills and the interests that students bring with them, as well as stimulating new knowledge and skills. We use assessment data to improve the teaching/ learning system, curriculum, instruction, learning resources, counselling and student services and show adaptability, rigour and flexibility in identifying and meeting the needs of individuals.

Contact this training provider

Senate House, Deane Road

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching 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 speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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