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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

NB: This course is closed for 2020 applications. Applications will reopen in September for 2021 entry.


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1 Year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For alumni applying for a PGCE degree there will be a £1000 bursary available.

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Bursaries and scholarships

Did you know you could receive up to £28,000 tax-free funding to support your postgraduate teacher training? Find out more about government bursaries and scholarships available. 


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.

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.

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

Read our PGCE brochure for more information.


This course starts in September

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.  It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  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.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources at the University of Chichester

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore

Visit us

Book an Open Day or Campus Tour to discover the Bognor Regis campus and the facilities it has to offer. 

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

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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: 

Additional Costs

DBS and School Experience 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.

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. 

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 this PGCE route. Our Finance pages provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) and 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

Contact details

Karen Nanson: SKE Mathematics Co-ordinator

01243 812103

Jeremy Smith

PGCE Mathematics Co-ordinator