University of Plymouth 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.plymouth.ac.uk

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About the course

An 11-16 course (with A level experience). Education is a complex and intellectually challenging process and a basic purpose of it is to prepare young people to embrace a rapidly changing society. Our very successful full time, one year programme will help you to apply your graduate knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to the imaginative and practical teaching of your subject to children of all abilities. It also enables you to qualify for the national Teachers’ Standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We are committed to the pursuit of excellence and learning in secondary education. The teaching team believes fully in the role that practising teachers have in training the next generation of teachers. Indeed, the programme is planned and implemented in partnership with the full involvement of partners in secondary schools. We believe in building strong cross-curricular links in order to share ideas and perspectives but also to develop a strong support structure for you within faculty sessions and whilst out in your placement.

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School placements

You will have two secondary placement schools with your PGCE. The first placement runs from the end of Sept to Christmas and the second longer placement is from January to the end of June. Students often comment that one of the key strengths of the course is that you start off with two days a week when starting your placements. This means that you can see the links between theory and practice and build your rapport with classes and your confidence in teaching.

Schools are selected for you from the placement offers from our partnership schools. We take into account where you live and whether you can drive when allocating. We have a clear placement policy that prioritises requirements, whether you have particular responsibilities, such as being a lone parent of young children.

You will be teaching 11-16 and will also receive A level enhancement experience across the 40-50 schools we partner with.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Mathematics degree or other relevant subject. If joint honours at least 50% of degree needs to be Mathematics.

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.

Will accept BTEC Level 2 First Certificate for Maths and English as equivalent to GCSE Grade C/4. GCSE equivalences done within an Access Course prior to 2014 or pass in English and/or Maths equivalency tests - please contact institution for further information.

Personal qualities

Suitability for the PGCE Secondary programme is judged on a range of factors including academic qualifications, ability to work with other people and a real interest in learning and teaching.

We would encourage you to apply because a range of life experiences may well make you an excellent candidate for this course.

Other requirements

There is also a requirement to pass minimum standards for literacy and numeracy.

All offers made for this course are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check.

You are required to complete Fitness to Teach health screening.

School experience is desirable, but not essential.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,200

The fee’s displayed are those for 2022 entry.

Financial support from the training provider

This programme is eligible for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) tuition fee loans and maintenance grants. Please see this link for further details: Get in to Teaching

Please note: The government bursary funding is subject to change and revision.

Student teachers receive a contribution towards travel costs to placements that are a greater travelling distance than their travel from their term time address to the university.

About the training provider

With a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through education and research, the University of Plymouth is among the emerging global elite of modern higher education institutions.

Plymouth is distinguished by its approach to combining world-class research and teaching with a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion. We aim to ensure you have every opportunity to stretch yourself and explore within a supportive environment.

Our University campus is at the centre of a thriving, ocean front city in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions.

Plymouth has everything you would expect from the largest city in the South West – major high street stores, theatres, multiplex cinema, art cinemas, and a wealth of small clubs and venues.

We also enjoy easy access to the fine beaches and beautiful countryside of the South West.

Interview process

You will attend an interview day which will consist of a writing task, a short presentation (5 minutes) to the panel and fellow applicants and an interview conducted by small panel which will include members of the tutor team and may also include a representative from a partnership school.

The interview day is just as much for you to decide on the right course as it is for us to decide if you are right for the course. You will get an introduction to the course structure and support systems and there is plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

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

Disability Services is part of Learning Support and Wellbeing and is here to help with your study support requirements if you have a disability.

Whether you’re a prospective student, applicant, current student or member of staff supporting students, we are here to assist. More information on University of Plymouth Disability services can be found here

Contact this training provider

Email
admissions@plymouth.ac.uk
Telephone
01752 585858
Website
http://www.plymouth.ac.uk
Address
Nancy Astor Building, 3rd Floor
Drake Circus
Plymouth
Devon
PL4 8AA

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).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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