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Nottingham Trent University Mathematics (G1X1)

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 18
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the context of the contemporary education environment. The final award is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) – if all 120 academic credits gained at NQF level 6;
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), if 60 of the 120 credits gained at NQF level 7 (Masters). Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award also allows fast-track entry onto a Master’s course. Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by University-based lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials which explore:
  • learning and teaching in mathematics;
  • general issues that affect all teachers, such as inclusion and behaviour management. Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in the UK and internationally. Trainees will develop an understanding of the nature of mathematics and its place in the National Curriculum, how pupils learn to think and reason mathematically and how to teach mathematics in such a way that learners enjoy it and choose to study it. The programme utilises a body of established knowledge in mathematics education, but also keeps you abreast of the latest developments. It prepares maths trainee teachers to teach the 11 to 16 age range, with opportunities to gain post-16 experience.

School placements

School or college experience is central to the Secondary PGCE at NTU. At least 24 weeks are spent on placement in a minimum of two secondary schools or colleges. For both placements, training is planned by mentors to enable students to attain QTS. This practical teaching element is assessed on a regular basis via formal observation by a subject mentor and University tutors, enabling us to monitor each individual trainee’s progress and effectively support their development. We are in partnership with a wide range of schools so your placements may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent with at least 50% of the degree focused in the area you wish to teach; GCSEs or equivalent at grade C / 4 or above in English and Mathematics. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via and Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered. Two references: one academic and one vocational. NTU offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKE) for those wishing to training as secondary subject teachers but do not have the necessary qualifications/subject expertise to enter a teacher training programme. Find out more at

Other requirements

You’ll need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check, a Prohibition Order check and complete a Fit to Practice (FTP) questionnaire before you start the course.

What is an FTP? The health questionnaire is part of the Fitness to Practice process that you are required to undertake, prior to you commencing an Initial Teacher Training course. Once you are Unconditional Firm with NTU, the QMC will email you a link to an online questionnaire. Once completed, the nurses at the QMC will carry out their assessment. This process is confidential.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2021 to 2022 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £15,200

About the training provider

Nottingham Trent University’s (NTU) reputation is long established. We’ve been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.

Why choose NTU? Working with schools A great strength of our courses is the extensive partnership links that we have with over 600 primary, secondary and post-16 settings across the East Midlands. These relationships enable you to gain a wide experience of teaching in many different educational environments. Experiences vary from city centre to suburban and semi-rural settings, laying a sound foundation for future professional development.

Student diversity We are committed to promoting a diverse body of teacher trainees. Our students are made up of different backgrounds, nationalities and faiths.

Experienced lecturers and informed courses NTU is home to an enthusiastic, expert group of academic staff who are leading researchers and practitioners in the education field. This means that, not only is your course informed by the latest thinking, but also that you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.

Interview process

Once you have been invited for interview, you will receive a pack of more detailed information about the mathematics PGCE. We hope this will answer many of the questions you might have, and also provide a prompt for any additional questions you may wish to ask.

Interviews are currently being conducted virtually. About 90 minutes before your interview time, you will be sent two tasks: a short written reflection on an educational article , and a set of mathematics questions that we will discuss during the interview. These are not ‘tests’ per se, but are designed to help us determine whether you may require additional support; they should take about an hour to complete.

Your interview will usually be conducted by a panel of two mathematics tutors and will last around an hour. Following the panel’s questions and a discussion of the mathematics task, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have a bout the course. A decision will be made on the day and you will be informed as quickly as possible, via UCAS.

Training with disabilities and other needs

You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, with planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues. You can also tap into a range of services at any time, including: Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, Support, Mature Student Support and Mental Health Support.

Contact this training provider

0115 848 4200
50 Shakespeare Street

Support and advice

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