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PGCE Mathematics

Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in London, the UK and across the world. The Mathematics PGCE programme at the IOE is rigorously informed by research, including developments internationally. Students learn how to make mathematics meaningful, interesting and fun and how to analyse their own and their pupils’ development.

Programme Information

The PGCE Mathematics programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of mathematics and its position in the school curriculum. Student teachers engage with research evidence and theories of learning in order to make sense of practice they observe in schools. They explore how teaching approaches can help learners develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills and cultivate enjoyment of mathematics.

The PGCE Mathematics programme consists of 3 core modules: the Professional Practice module and two Level 7 (Master's Level) modules of 30 credits (total 60 credits).

The Professional Practice module is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in two placement schools. The two Level 7 (Master's Level) modules are assessed through 5000-word written assignments. The 60 credits from these two modules are transferable to future study for a Master's degree in Education.

Successful completion of the Professional Practice module and successful completion of the two modules (60 credits) at Level 7 (Masters Level) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Where one or more modules are successfully completed at Level 6, but not at Level 7, a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PgCE) will be awarded.

Core modules
Professional Practice
Mathematics, Curriculum and Pedagogy - 30 credits at Level 7 (Masters Level)
Mathematics Curriculum in a Wider Context - 30 credits at Level 7 (Masters Level)
Optional modules
There are no optional modules for this programme
Teaching and Learning

The PGCE Mathematics programme is taught via keynote lectures, subject studies seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the UCL Institute of Education and through two placements at partnership schools. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, written academic assignments and a portfolio of key assessments (which is closely linked the the Teachers Standards).

Placement

Student Teachers undertake placements at two partnership schools (120 days in total). During each placement the development of their teaching practice is supported closely by a school-based mentor and other colleagues within the mathematics department. The school also provides a programme of Professional Studies which is coordinated by a senior teacher at the school. The Professional Practice module is assessed through observations of teaching and a portfolio of key assessments collated by the student teacher.


Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration
Full time: 1 year
Tuition Fees (2018/19)
UK/EU:
£9,250 (FT)
Overseas:
£17,110 (FT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 26 October 2017
Close: 10 August 2018
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled.

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Level: Secondary
Age range: 11–16
Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements
First degree

A minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Mathematics, or mathematical content of 50% or more.

A levels

No specific subjects required.

GCSEs

English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.

School experience

We recommend that you aim to gain some experience in a classroom prior to interview

DBS and Occupational Health

If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £125. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.

Skills tests

All applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol. More information can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting September.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

Bursaries, scholarships and early career payments are available for PGCE Mathematics programmes to students who meet the eligibility criteria. To find out what funding may be available to you, please visit the Department for Education funding page.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Most graduates of this programme go on to work as mathematics teachers in schools across London and further afield. Whilst the programme focuses primarily on teaching 11-16 year-olds (Key Stages 3 and 4), we also prepare graduates to teach A Level mathematics. Many of those who secure a post in an 11-18 school have an opportunity to do so. Graduates of the programme commonly go on to become curriculum leaders, pastoral leaders or senior leaders in schools. Others become advisers, consultants, providers of continuing professional development, researchers or teacher educators in universities.

Employability

UCL Institute of Education's excellent reputation ensures that graduates of the PGCE Mathematics programme are highly employable and sought after by schools and colleges in London and further afield. Almost all student teachers secure their first teaching post by the time they complete the programme. Many PGCE Mathematics graduates become a head of department or head of year within 2 to 5 years, frequently progressing on to senior leadership in schools. Several are now headteachers. Others have developed their careers by becoming lead teachers in the classroom, engaging in further study and research, or by writing, blogging and advising other teachers.

Why study this programme at UCL?

We maintain a strong focus throughout the programme on the teaching and learning of mathematics. Through the careful planning and evaluation of lessons, student teachers are supported in developing their own classroom practice and becoming research-informed reflective practitioners.

The PGCE Mathematics tutors are skilled classroom practitioners, with extensive experience of teaching and leadership in secondary schools. They are also currently engaged in research in mathematics education. The programme draws regularly on the wider range of exertise in mathematics education available within UCL Institute of Education.

The school-based experience provides an opportunity to try out new ideas and develop succesful classroom practice, supported by experienced mentors in schools. Student teachers benefit from the mutual support provided by others in the cohort with whom they are able to share experiences and ideas through regular group discussion.

Accreditation:

Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Department: Institute of Education

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The PGCE Mathematics programme is desgined for those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have fulfilled the appropriate entry requirements.

Application deadlines
All applicants
10 August 2018

Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled.


For more information see our Applications page.

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Programme last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.