The secondary PGCE (QTS) programme with QTS is comprised of three modules.
Subject Studies (Mathematics)
Studies and Professional Issues in Education (SPIRE)
This PGCE (QTS) Programme is a pathway into one of the most challenging, fascinating and rewarding careers: teaching Mathematics at Secondary level. London secondary schools need good Maths teachers. This exciting and demanding programme will prepare you to become an effective and high-quality Maths teacher, focusing on the unique demands of working in a multi-ethnic London comprehensive school.
In Studies and Professional Issues in Research in Education (SPIRE) sessions you will be asked to consider a range of issues relating to education, engage with research and policy and link all of this to your own experience in the classroom. In your written assignment you will choose one area from this module to reflect upon more deeply.
You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days in school. This will be divided into two block school experiences allowing you to develop a broad understanding of the role of the teacher in contrasting settings. You will also spend the equivalent of 8 weeks in University, with a mix of lectures and small group seminars which are designed to support you in developing a strong and confident knowledge of your subject area.
Underpinning the programme is the Professional Studies course which prepares you for the wider roles and responsibilities of the teacher. This will be enhanced by ongoing training during school experience and will include aspects such as behaviour management, working with pupils with English as an Additional Language and Special Educational Needs.
The programme is taught and assessed at master’s level. In addition to a recommendation for QTS, if you pass all academic elements of the programme, you will also leave with 60 master’s level credits, equivalent to one-third of a master’s degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment regardless of your prior experiences.
The Secondary PGCE Programme at Goldsmiths offers you the opportunity to specialise in the 11-19 age range.
We work with a partnership of over 300 schools across London and beyond. This means that during your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings which will provide breadth to your understanding of the role of the teacher.
You will have two extended placements during your programme during the Autumn and Spring/ Summer terms.
Placements are allocated for you once you have enrolled onto the programme. In placing you we take into account any care responsibilities or personal circumstances and we will locate a school for you that is within a reasonable travelling distance from your home in the light of this.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
A Mathematics related subject such as Mathematics or Statistics. Your degree should contain at least 50% Mathematics content, for example some Physics or Engineering degrees would be suitable.
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.
We accept equivalency tests, please contact Goldsmiths directly to confirm if the test you are planning to take is acceptable. We may be able to offer equivalency tests in maths and English and this would be communicated to you if you are offered a place.
In addition to a strong subject knowledge, we are looking for applicants that have an understanding of the nature of working in an urban setting and have a clear commitment and enthusiasm for working with young people.
You must be able to show resilience and be willing to work with others.
You do not need to have extensive school experience before applying but we will expect you to have a clear understanding of some of the realities you will face in the classroom.
Goldsmiths has been educating teachers since 1904, and is renowned as a leader in the field of teacher education. The partnership you will be joining as you become a student teacher at Goldsmiths has a reputation for supporting the development of exceptional teachers for world class schools. In the most recent Ofsted report it recognised the contribution we make stating:
“Trainees rise to the high expectations that leaders have of them. Partnership schools are unanimous in their praise for Goldsmiths’ trainees and the curriculum that trainees receive.
The ITE curriculum does what leaders intend it to do. Trainees develop the knowledge they need to succeed in their future teaching roles. They learn how to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), and those who speak English as an additional language. Trainees become confident managing pupils’ behaviour and develop a strong understanding of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding and inclusion”
The PGCE (QTS) programme at Goldsmiths has been designed to:
Promote Reflection: to develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience.
Recognise Inclusivity and Diversity: to be rights respecting and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic and cultural dimensions of practice.
Celebrate Creativity: to take informed risks and use imaginative and innovative strategies to support learning.
Develop Confidence and Engagement: to participate fully in steering the course of the profession both locally, nationally and globally.
Interviews can take place at Goldsmiths, in one of our partnership schools or online.
Interviews will require you to demonstrate your own knowledge in the subject you are intending on teaching as well as including activities to gauge your understanding of the teaching profession.
Activities at interview will include:
A written English test;
An opportunity to demonstrate group work skills;
An individual interview;
In Maths interviews you are asked to prepare a presentation demonstrating your interest and passion for Maths;
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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
The Disability Service can help you to arrange any reasonable adjustments, equipment or support you need to study effectively at Goldsmiths. See the Disability Service web pages for more information.
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).