University of Greenwich Mathematics (G1X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk

Contents

About the course

Turn your passion and skill with maths into a rewarding career. Learn to motivate and nurture the next generation of students with a PGCE in mathematics at secondary level.

Our PGCE in secondary-level mathematics prepares you to become a professional, creative and reflective teacher. The course includes two school placements, university-based workshops, plus extensive support in the form of online materials. During your training, you will investigate how to address common errors and misconceptions through pedagogy. You will also improve your core subject knowledge of maths and explore how your skills relate to maths teaching.

Our lecturers will help you widen your individual skills, expertise and background knowledge in mathematics education. We’ll build on your natural flair, so you successfully engage with young students. Past trainees have contributed to a national project run by the Personal Finance Education Group (now Young Enterprise) to provide financial education as part of the curriculum.

School placements

Our one-year course comprises two elements:

  • 60 days of university-based teaching
  • 120 days of school-based experience

Your practical teaching experience is gained in two contrasting schools plus support in the form of online materials. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

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.

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Personal qualities

Candidates will be required to have a genuine passion for the subject in which you will teach. Candidates will need to be motivated to develop and learn throughout the programme. They will need to be proactive in their learning and engage with both university lectures and placements.

Other requirements

Candidates must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding. Students must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay, it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.

Fees and financial support

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

Disclosure Barring Service

Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme. (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/postgraduate-loans) and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.

You will be required to fill in an occupational health questionnaire.

Financial support from the training provider

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.

To receive a bursery or scholarship, you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

For more information, please visit our Teacher Training Bursaries page.

About the training provider

University of Greenwich is committed to ensuring sustainability across all phases of teacher education and provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and further education and skills sector. Located at the university’s Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century. (Early Years Teacher Status is delivered at Maritime Campus)

Ofsted rated the quality of Initial Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’ for Primary Education (Ofsted Report 2016) and ‘Good’ Secondary, Further Education and Early Years Initial Teacher training.

Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.

If you are studying for your PGCE Early Years Teacher Status, your tuition fees will be covered by a DfE and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS. As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Interview process

Candidates must:

  • Attend a Selection Day (https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/after-you-apply/interview)

  • You will also be required to sit and pass a 30-minute style Higher Tier GCSE Maths non-calculator paper at 70%+. To prepare for this practice, materials can be found at www.corbettmaths.com, www.mrbartonmaths.com, AQA, Edexcel or OCR exam boards websites

  • Demonstrate a level of competence in Maths and English

  • Some applicants may need to work on the development of their subject knowledge. We offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to develop your mathematics knowledge at higher GCSE and AS level.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

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

The Student Wellbeing Service (https://www.gre.ac.uk/student-services/support/student-wellbeing) provides information, guidance and support to students with a disability, including physical and mental health difficulties, long-term medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. This service is open to individuals who work and study at the University of Greenwich, and to those who aspire to do so. We also support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who are carers.

Before you join the University, you can speak to the *STAART team (https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/support/disability/staart#:~:text=The%20STAART%20Team%20is%20a,concerns%20about%20going%20to%20university.) about any concerns on entering higher education and adapting to university life. Once you’re a student, we can provide further information and support, such as advice on assistive technology requirements and Disability Allowance Needs Assessors to help you access any financial help you may be entitled to.

Contact this training provider

Email
courseinfo@gre.ac.uk
Telephone
020 8331 9000
Website
http://www.gre.ac.uk
Address
Avery Hill Campus
Southwood Site
Avery Hill Road
Eltham, London
SE9 2UG

Support and advice

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