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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.

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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. 

Some experience of observation in school and the ability to reflect on this are highly desirable.

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Student view

PGCE Secondary Mathematics
PGCE was extremely hard work, but extremely enjoyable and definitely worth it! Chichester University was very helpful throughout everything and I feel very prepared for life as an NQT!

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

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

Additional Costs

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. This will cost £52.20. 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 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 40 miles 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.