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.

Course length
One year full time, up to two years part time.
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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.

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.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £26,000
  • a bursary of £24,000

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.



You must have at least a lower second class (2:2) honours degree (or equivalent). If this is not in a subject aligned to mathematics 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. GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents. If your qualifications aren’t from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability.

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.

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.

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 details

Senate House, Deane Road


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Senate House, Deane Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL3 5AB
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