University of Southampton Primary with Mathematics (2DXB)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support
Student finance 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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The programme will suit those who aspire to become excellent primary school teachers, of children aged 5 to 11 with an interest in mathematics, and who want to gain an understanding of some of the theory underpinning effective teaching and learning in the primary school. At the heart of the programme is the development of reflective and creative practitioners who are committed to promoting the learning and progress of all children. Those following the maths specialism route will have a deeper understanding of key areas in this subject.

Planned and delivered in close collaboration with practising teachers in local primary schools, with addition support from the local Maths Hub, the programme will enable you to learn, in a systematic and critically engaging manner, how to teach primary school children. During the LATiS (Learning About Teaching in School) weeks, you will spend time in university and in a school to specifically learn key skills and develop knowledge about teaching in preparation for the first school placement. Throughout the programme you are introduced to the primary curriculum, learning how to effectively plan, teach and assess National Curriculum and other subjects. You will also learn how to organise and manage a primary school classroom. The programme aims to develop your knowledge through a range of teaching and learning approaches: workshops, seminars, lectures, demonstrations, fieldwork, micro-teaching, independent and group research, and through reading and writing activities. The assignments focus on the teaching and learning of mathematics but include a high degree of choice and strongly link theory and practice. As well as preparing you to teach across the primary curriculum, the programme offers opportunities to tailor some provision to your own training needs and interests. On the mathematics specialism route, you will also have additional sessions in school and university exploring the mathematics curriculum in greater depth. There is also the general route available through the PGCE (Primary) programme that does not involve the focus on mathematics teaching and learning.

Further details are available on the university’s Primary (PGCE) course page

School placements

You’ll be placed in schools for most of your course. Your school placements will be within commuting distance. You can’t pick which schools you want to be in, but your university will try to take your journey time into consideration. Universities can work with over 100 potential placement schools. Most will be within 10 miles of the university, but sometimes they can cover a wider area, especially outside of cities.

The university is based in Southampton and school placements will be within commuting distance. You should not expect a commute time of more than an hour. The partnership of schools covers a wider area including Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. Placements will be sought in these areas should they be more local to you. At least one school placement will include a greater focus on the teaching of mathematics, alongside the other subjects in the Primary curriculum.

As well as LATiS weeks, you will undertake two block placements in schools within the partnership. The programme aims to provide schools that offer contrasting placement experiences in order to develop a breadth and range of skills. Whilst on placement, you will be allocated a mentor who is the teacher of the class in which you are placed. You will also receive visits from your university tutor to support you in your teaching and professional development.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

  • Please note to follow the maths specialism route, you’ll need to have GCSE maths at grade B (or equivalent) and an A or AS level (or equivalent) would be desirable. We’ll also consider mathematical elements of your degree or significant work experience involving Mathematics.
  • If applicants do not have the required GCSEs (English and Mathematics (also Science for Primary) or equivalent qualifications they will be required to take an Equivalency test. Accepted Equivalency tests are offered by a third party, please see our University website for specific information about this. Any cost associated with these tests is covered by the applicant. If you believe you may need an equivalency test please get in contact with us.

Personal qualities

Please refer to our website for further information:

Other requirements

You will be required to:

  • complete a form describing your state of health which will be checked against the DfE Fitness to Teach regulations
  • provide an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to confirm that there are no criminal offences on your record which should bar you from teaching. Visit for more information.

These must be completed before commencement of the programme to which you have applied.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2023 to 2024 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £22,136

If offered a place after attending an interview you will additionally need to obtain an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and be required to completed an Health check. Please note, the cost of the DBS clearance and Health check is covered by the applicant.

About the training provider

Our ITE department is a dynamic and thriving community of professional educators and researchers. Southampton Education School has been placed in the top 100 universities in the World (QS Rankings). This adds to our UK ranking of 4th in the UK for Education from the Complete University Guide, 2022. National Student Survey outcomes puts Southampton Education School at 1st place in the Russell Group.(NSS 2022)

Why come to Southampton?

  • Our Tutors. Trainee Teachers rate tutor dedication and commitment extremely highly, External Examiners praise the time and effort that Tutors devote to Trainees and Ofsted recognises the ‘high quality mentoring and support’ offered.
  • Our quality of teaching and our diverse partnerships and placements. Our Tutors are all Teachers. We implement new research or theories in our teaching and Partnership schools. This partnership is key to our success, and the Mentors that we work are experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic.
  • Our commitment to Health and Wellbeing of our trainee teachers and students. This is central to producing outstanding teachers and happy students who can make progress and succeed.
  • Our scope to personalise and individualise your learning on your Programme. Every Trainee Teacher is unique, and we want every trainee to be the best teacher that they can be. We achieve this by personalising our programmes to suit you.
  • Our commitment to ‘Student Voice’. We actively encourage trainees to work with us to make our courses even better.
  • Employability. Almost 100% of our Trainees get jobs.

Interview process

If you are invited to interview you will be asked to prepare a short presentation to a small group of candidates and engage in discussion.

You will also be interviewed by members of the course team who maybe support by school partners. We also ask you to undertake a short written reflective task to satisfy ourselves of your capability in written English. Your performance in all aspects of the process will be assessed and a decision made.

We would encourage all prospective trainees to spend time in a primary school, where possible, so you are informed about the school environment and to confirm your own wish to teach. Your views about teaching will be explored at interview and you need to be able to reflect on aspects of what teachers and schools do and be able to talk convincingly about teaching in primary schools.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK for the duration of this course, you may need to apply for a Student visa.

To do this, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Before you apply for this course, contact us to check Student visa sponsorship is available. If it is, and you get a place on this course, we’ll help you apply for your visa.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

At Southampton we welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and other needs. SEND is a very important element of our training throughout the PGCE, and trainees who have personal experiences of SEND are of real benefit to our programmes, as they bring a wealth of experience.

How are Trainee Teachers with disabilities and other needs supported?

  • Neurodiverse Trainees (including Trainees with dyslexia, ADHD and ASD) meet together for an informal session, led by a tutor with significant SEND experience. This group supports one another throughout the course, with individual, personalised, input from the tutor as required.
  • Trainees with Physical Disabilities are always accommodated as appropriate and a wide variety of modifications are available. For example, a student with a hearing impairment may be supported by our Student Disability and Wellbeing Team, as well as by their Personal Academic Tutor with services such as remote transcription available - we work with individuals to ensure that their needs are met both when in University and when teaching in schools.
  • We recognise that teaching can be stressful. The University offers a variety of services for Trainees who may be suffering from anxiety or depression, for example trainees can access talking therapies via the Student Disability and Wellbeing Team. Trainees are also encouraged to make full use of their Personal Academic Tutor.
  • The course team are able to personalise many aspects of the programme, to accommodate need on an individual basis, to enable successful completion of the course.

Contact this training provider

023 8059 4732
Southampton Education School
SO17 1BJ

Support and advice

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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