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About this course

What is a PGCE? 
The PGCE is the Postgraduate or Professional Certificate in Education, which you can take at any time after completing your first degree. It is a one-year full-time course after which you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. 

The Postgraduate Certificate includes modules at Master’s level which may count towards a further Master’s award. We agree your award whilst you train with us. 

Our PGCE programmes are designed to develop your subject specialist knowledge alongside your hands-on classroom experience. 

Subject knowledge is only a part of teaching; finding creative ways to interpret your knowledge into a language a child can understand is the key. We prepare you for the classroom, allowing you to develop you own thinking, teaching and knowledge base to a level which can be trialled in your placement. All our secondary PGCE courses meet the requirements for the professional standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which you need to teach in a school. 

The course aims to bring together knowledge of pedagogy, knowledge of the learner and knowledge of the subject. During the year you become familiar with the overall curriculum and the national strategies for teaching mathematics. You learn how to plan and teach interesting and creative lessons which encourage enquiry and discussion. 

We hope to change the way you think about mathematics teaching and learning, using practical and exploratory approaches in your own subject development and in your lesson planning. Sessions encourage you to unravel what shapes the positive attitudes to mathematics with the aim of helping you to become exceptional. Specialist software programmes at the University are used to help develop your teaching. 

We work in partnership with mentors in schools to develop your confidence to plan and teach innovative lessons using a variety of styles and so help you achieve an in-depth understanding of the subject.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
* A first degree at 2:2 or above in a related subject which is at least 50 per cent mathematics. 
* A level Mathematics. 
* A Maths enhancement course is available to boost your subject knowledge. 
* A GCSE grade C pass or equivalent in Mathematics and English (we may be able to offer you an equivalency test in Mathematics and English if you do not meet this requirement. Details available at interview.) 
* The ability to speak, read and write well in English. 
*Criminal Records Bureau, General Teaching Council and medical checks. There is a charge (currently £44 at April 2011 - subject to change) for the criminal records bureau clearance check. You don't need to do anything before you apply; we will let you know what you need to do during the application process. 
* These are the usual entry requirements; however those with different or older qualifications should not be deterred from applying as we welcome people from different backgrounds. 
* Trainees with appropriate private sector experience are encouraged to apply. 
*If you acquired a degree overseas, we will need to see a full transcript of your award, along with details of the marking scheme used by the awarding institution. 

If you are not sure if teaching is the career for you, we offer robust interviews which give a strong indication of those who will enjoy teaching. If you do not have experience in schools, you should make sure that you gain some experience