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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

We’re recognised as one of the leading institutions in the country for teacher training.  Enjoying a strong national and international reputation, we have a long and distinguished record of training teachers dating back to 1839. Our PGCE Secondary programme, with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), offers high-quality training for those wishing to teach in the secondary age range. 

The Mathematics route is designed to equip all trainees to teach Maths across Key Stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum with the option of training to teach up to A Level.

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

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Entry Requirements

Normally candidates will have an honours degree at 2.2 or above where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% mathematics.

If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree please contact the course co-ordinator.

All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in GCSE English and Maths. 

All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.

GCSE Equivalency: We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full GCSE course however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to enrol for the full GCSE course, please contact Admissions to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.

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Student view

Daniel Williams
Maths PGCE student 2016-2017
The support of the lecturers was second to none.
Stephen Lockwood
Maths PGCE student 2014-2015

Chichester University gave me a variety of tools to tackle the demands of a teaching career. The course structure allowed me to find my own style to become an effective teacher.  The expectations on the course were clear and the assignments built a culture that focused on research based conclusions. I would recommend this course. 

Rachael Hosey
Maths PGCE student 2012-2013

“Fantastic academic and pastoral support”

“Learning how to be a teacher isn’t all through classroom experience, it’s essential to have guidance provided from the lecturers who are experts in their field”

“The community I was introduced to at Chichester University has continued to be a support network 3 years on”

Derek Browne
Maths PGCE student 2013-2014

The Maths PGCE at Chichester left me feeling really well prepared for a career in teaching. The support from the maths team there was second-to-none. I have fond memories of the lectures and tutorials, the conversations with the subject tutor and others, and left feeling that I had learnt from the best. I still find myself referring to their example when I think about introducing a new topic in the classroom today, thinking "how would they have done it”?  The fact that it is 5 years later and I still do this is a testament to the talented tutors and lecturers that steer the course. Thank you, for a lifetime of inspiration in teaching. 

Course content

The subject specific element of the course is delivered by a small team of tutors at our Bognor Regis Campus.

The Teaching Mathematics modules are complemented by a Professional Studies programme which is also based at our Bognor Regis Campus.

Course fees 2017/18 £9250

We are offering a £1000 cash bursary for alumni students continuing their studies with a PGCE. 

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.  At the end of the year you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.  Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools. 

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

Teaching and assessment

The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments. 

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

The programme’s delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) & Contact us

“The progress of trainees is exceptional.  The clear message from students is that the strength of the course lies with pedagogical expertise, quality of insights in feedback on lessons, and the close relationship between school departments and the tutor.  Students are well supported on placement and experience a consistency of messages about teaching and learning.” External examiner’s report

For further information, please see our course pages.

Prospective trainees who are interested in mathematics but do not have much maths in their degree (or feel it may be a little rusty) may be interested in our SKE course.

The SKE is designed to open up fresh opportunities for careers in secondary mathematics teaching to a large number of graduates of all ages who will previously have been ineligible because of their first degree choice of subject.

The SKE aims to enhance the breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of mathematics, so as to enable participants to go on to achieve successful completion of a Secondary Mathematics ITT route, whether via PGCE, Schools Direct or SCITT.

‘The progress of some trainees is exceptional. There are trainees who arrive at Chichester with low levels of prior attainment in mathematics. Through the suite of subject knowledge enhancement courses that run before, during and after the PGCE course these trainees have every chance to end up as excellent classroom practitioners, as many do. I do not know of another institution that is able to cater for such a range of subject knowledge needs.’ 
External Examiners Report 2014

Am I eligible?

Graduates in any subject who have some maths in their background, such as an A-level in a mathematics subject are eligible.

We will help you to assess whether you have what it takes to start the course, and advise you if not as to how to make yourself more qualified

If you are unsure of the equivalence of your qualifications, contact us for free advice.

Bursary for the SKE Mathematics Course

A training bursary of up to £115 per week will be paid to students on the SKE Mathematics Course. No fees are payable for the course and no top-up fees apply either.

The SKE runs from the end of January to early July. It contains over 400 hours of tutor-led studies, including 8 days of placement in a partnership secondary school to undertake specific tasks.

Most SKE weeks involve 4 campus or school-based days, plus one day of directed study. Exceptions are directed study weeks at both school half-terms and for one week at Easter.

For advice or more information please email SKEMaths@chi.ac.uk

Contact details

Karen Nanson: SKE Mathematics Co-ordinator
K.Nanson@chi.ac.uk
01243 812103

Jeremy Smith
PGCE Mathematics Co-ordinator
J.Smith@chi.ac.uk

DBS and School Experience costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;
A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are. However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;
Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;
Access to support from our Careers Service;
Disability and additional learning support;
The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;
24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

Accommodation and living costs;
Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);
General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;
Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);
The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;
Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate); 
Gym membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;
Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;
Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);
If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please click here
Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Courses with a DBS enhanced disclosure check charge of £44:

FD & BSc Community Sports Coaching
Early Childhood Studies
FD & BSc Football Coaching and Performance
Humanistic Counselling
Mathematics for Teaching KS 2 / 3
Physical Education & Primary Years
Physical Education & Sports Coaching
Physical Education & Secondary Years
Primary Teaching
Primary Teaching (Early Years)
All PGCEs
BA and MA Social Work
Sport Development
Sport Business & Management
Sport Studies
Sport Coaching & Science

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester, including an Alumni bursary of £1,000 on all PGCE and School's Direct routes at Chichester. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course you will spend 24 weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised  in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which  can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually  exceed 1 hour from your term time address to the placement school (assuming your term time address is within our partnership area). 

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.