PGCE Secondary Maths 11-18 with QTS

PGCE Maths equation

This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested).

The programme has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the national curriculum.  Numeracy skills are a key priority within the National Curriculum across all subjects so you will be involved in offering numeracy-support sessions to other students within the university.  These sessions provide you with the opportunity to gain additional work experience. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Key Facts

UCAS Code: 2X65
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
One year

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
SWW Centre of Teacher Education
Contact Email:
Helen.denny@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  



  • I have a background in magic and circus performance. There is a lot of maths involved. Maths has a practical side that is problem-solving. Different approaches to problem-solving is Creative Maths. It teaches rules of logic and it's applied to everything. It's fun! I see maths as a big puzzle, logic analysis and creative problem-solving.

    Emyr Lewis

  • Maths can be applied to everything. I want to show young people that they do ‘do’ maths, so that they are much clearer about where they are using it. Maths is accessible and used all the time.

    Amy White

  • I am very logical and organised. I love working out the answer and getting it right. I want to teach so that I can help young people achieve the lightbulb moment and change preconceptions that people can't do maths.

    Jennifer Clement

  • I like method and structures getting from A to B, step by step. We went to remove the stigma that maths is hard.

    Emily Richards

  • I always struggled with maths and was predicted a D grade but I was determined to work it out. I know that everyone can get there at their own pace. Age 12 or 40 − all can do it. I hated being bad at something so I was determined to do it. I had a great teacher. It was all down to my teacher. Maths has so much scope you can go into anything in maths. You also have to be good at English in order to discuss and communicate what maths is telling you. I love surprising people that I have a maths degree.

    Katie-Jayne Martin

  • The first time I did maths I got a D. My teacher was amazing − firm, fair and down to Earth. He knew I could do better. I resat the year and was determined. I just got a first class maths degree and it was all down to my teacher’s encouragement. I would like to see more girls doing maths and change that maths is not seen as cool; to share the sense of achievement from solving problems. Everyone can do maths.

    Gabrielle Jones

  • Teaching inspires future generations and changes misconceptions that maths is boring. As teachers we can inspire with more interactive lessons, discussions and different teaching styles. Maths applies to everything, so you can use interests to engage with young people. You can talk about rugby, incorporate percentages and statistics. You know rugby-related maths.

    Harry Wayne-Smith

  • I'm from Ireland and graduated in 2013. I taught maths for three years in Bangkok Catholic School. Teaching is what gets you up in the morning. It's a hobby, it develops you as a person too. Inspiring maths is more relatable.

    Patrick Clinton

  • Maths is the foundation of everything engineered, principles of maths embedded. I found secondary school extremely difficult and my teacher taught me instrumentally and step-by-step and cleared the difficulty from my head. He was inspiring and with such passion about the subject, passion flows. When teaching I bring industry research and networking to connect maths with the outside world, the future and where they are going.

    Ademola AgunbiadeCivil Engineer.

  • I've changed careers. I was a full cost analyst for the UK government and one of the very few females in the field. I want to inspire more girls to go into maths professions. I had a great teacher who brought maths into the real world for us, made it relatable. I'm also fluent in Welsh I want to teach in a Welsh school and ensure Welsh language develops. There's a shortage of Welsh-speaking secondary maths teachers.

    Emily Lewis


The course is split into a number of modules, each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Mathematics to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of Mathematics on learning.

You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and  GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

The course will involve concept and skill development in all aspects of Mathematics. You will be expected to work together in groups to present seminars such as ICT in Mathematics, A level topics and research into mathematical misconceptions.

Other aspects of the course include the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and as a Mathematics PGCE student you will be expected to lead support sessions on Numeracy to the whole Secondary PGCE cohort. There are also opportunities to teach and be involved with Further Mathematics A Level teaching and also to be involved in Mathematics master classes with local Year 9 pupils, both in conjunction with Swansea University.

The PGCE Mathematics room is well equipped with internet-linked computers and a networked interactive whiteboard. There is good access to other ICT suites for timetabled sessions and plentiful open access to ICT facilities for trainees. 

The PGCE Mathematics course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances; however, trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.

  • Module 01: Principles of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy in Secondary
  • Module 02: Skills and learning across the Curriculum – (Welsh or English)
  • Module 03: Investigating Issues in Secondary Education  - (Welsh or English)
  • Module 04: Curriculum Development and Enhancement
  • Module 05: Professional Teaching Experience (English or Welsh/bilingual)

It is available with English and Welsh medium student provision using long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and colleges.

Most importantly we have the best employment rate throughout Wales. 

The course has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the world of education. It is taught by highly respected tutors who have considerable knowledge within their field and chosen specialism.

The course is challenging, but motivating and invigorating, combining practical strategies and skills with academic enquiry and theory.

There are opportunities to investigate areas of specialist interest.

The course is split between university and professional teaching practice, with approximately 12 weeks and occasional days and 24 weeks split between two placements. The weeks at University are designed in such a way that you experience lead lectures both with your own subject area and with students from different subject areas in order to have an insight about how a particular issue relates to different specialist subjects. These may be given by University Staff or by guest lecturers with specialist expertise.

There are also plenty of opportunities where your experience can be enhanced such as involvement with the Further Mathematics scheme, Year 9 Mathematics Masterclasses, numeracy support sessions and expert speakers from local schools and exam boards.

Within the newly designed course if you are achieving your QTS early it is envisaged that should you wish to take the opportunity you can arrange a fortnight placement at an establishment of your choice within the Secondary or 14-19 sector. This will enable you to observe, experience a specialist area that you may wish to pursue. It could include special needs schools, independent schools and training establishments. This opportunity is likely to increase your experience and employability.

The University offers excellent support to trainees in seeking their first posts. Participants are trained in interview techniques. There is also a large and popular annual Teaching Employment Fair in January.

The employment rate for the course is one of the best in Wales and many graduates of the course are now Heads of Department or Senior Teachers and act as Mentors for the programme.

The course comprises of 120 credits, 40 of which are at Masters level and is assessed by a combination of written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience.

The assignments are a combination of level 6 and level 7 assignments and are designed to combine practical teaching strategies and academic enquiry.

The Professional teaching practice is assess through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the Qualified Teacher Standards.

You will need a B grade at GCSE in English and Mathematics and if you intend to follow your course through the medium of Welsh, a C grade in Welsh. Good GCSE and A level qualifications related to your subject area are expected. A Level 'equivalent' qualifications such as BTEC advanced will also be taken into account.

If you hold a C grade in GCSE English Language or Mathematics and are successful in other aspects of the selection process you will be given the opportunity to sit the equivalency test. If you are successful and you accept your place to study with us then you can start your programme as planned. Attendance at the workshops prior to the test is a compulsory part of the equivalency testing programme.

For further information please contact PGCE secondary admin: 01792 482111 at  S_PGCE@uwtsd.ac.uk

The normal minimum entry requirement to the programme is an honours degree in Mathematics or in a strongly cognate discipline, with a high proportion of Mathematics within your degree.

Other requirements include

  • A clear enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
  • it would be advantageous if you gained some work experience at a secondary school

At interview you will be challenged to demonstrate your:

Literacy and Numeracy skills

Good communication skills
Commitment to teaching
Determination and perspective

The PGCE Secondary programme has a well-established link with the CANTEACH programme that supports and facilitates Canadian graduates’ application to the PGCE Secondary programme. 

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme.  This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Maths graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: City and County of Swansea, Merhyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Aldworth School (Basingstoke), Cwmtawe Community School (Swansea), Pontypridd High School (Pontypridd), Burnham Grammar School (Slough), Llangatwg Comprehensive School (Neath), Downham Market Academy (Norfolk), Ysgol Gyfun Gwmraeg Llangynwd (Bridgend), Lingfield Notre Dame School (Surrey), Eastern High School (Cardiff) and Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School (Caerphilly). 

If you are called to an interview you would need to undertake 30 minute Literacy and Numeracy tests and if you wanted to follow the course through the medium of Welsh, an additional Welsh Literacy test.  You might also be asked to undertake: a presentation related to your subject area, group discussion, an extended writing exercise, a formal interview with a subject tutor and school mentor.

You would need to demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for your subject.