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This PGCE programme is for graduates who wish to teach Mathematics in secondary schools. Leeds Trinity University offers Initial Teacher Training courses in a number of subject areas. Students are registered for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7), and are recommended for the award of QTS to the DfE/NCTL.


Course Benefits

  • The secondary programme will prepare you to teach within the secondary age phase.
  • Leeds Trinity PGCE courses have a longstanding reputation for excellence.
  • Trainees do well on our courses, gain employment and progress in their careers.
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Mathematics programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and non-denominational.
  • Taught university training is provided by classroom experienced subject experts.
  • University tutors are dedicated to supporting you throughout the course and into your first job as a teacher.
  • Local partners offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses​ for people who need to improve their mathematics knowledge before they start a PGCE. Details of these courses can be found at bradford.vidlearn6.co.uk or www.tes.com/institute/ske-ppc-landing-page.
  • The employment rate of our students is extremely high and graduates have readily obtained teaching posts and across the UK as within our partnership schools.
  • The course qualifies you to teach Mathematics at 11–16 with some post-16 enhancement​, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.

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Course Information

'The one-year PGCE Mathematics course at Leeds Trinity University is your square root to success as you acquire the skills to that could allow you to become an outstanding Mathematics teacher in secondary schools.
At Leeds Trinity University you won't just make up the numbers - you will learn to formulate and solve them, sharpening your subject knowledge and mastering your teaching and classroom management skills along the way.
The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Mathematics programme offers well-structured training to teach pupils across the age and ability range in a diversity of schools, denominational and non-denominational.

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum. 

 
The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.​

 
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Assessment
During Stage 1 your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by focussed written assignments.

During Stages 2 and 3 your progress against the Teachers’ standards will be assessed by observing your performance as a teacher in schools. Classroom teachers will evaluate your lesson plans, observe your lessons and review your marking. Your self-review and attendance at training activities will support your development.

  • A good honours degree (2ii or above) in Mathematics, or a relevant subject with a substantial mathematics component (e.g. Computer Science, Engineering, Statistics, Economics, Finance)​
  • GCSE Grade C (or accepted equivalent) English and Mathematics. We offer our GCSE equivalency tests to those who have a conditional place on the course but do not already have these qualifications.
  • Suitable personal and intellectual qualities required for teaching in secondary schools.
  • Commitment, attitudes and values appropriate to that of a secondary teacher.
  • Ability to read effectively and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English, and to have passed the DFE Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. ​Find out more on the STA Education website.
  • The capacity to meet the Secretary of State's requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach. All successful candidates will be asked to complete a health assessment as part of the entry conditions to the programme.
NB. Candidates with third class honours degrees will be considered on an individual basis, and normally only if candidates have additional qualifications and/or significant relevant professional experience.

Our local partners offer a Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course for those applicants to PGCE Mathematics who have the potential to be teachers but who need to improve their mathematics subject and curriculum knowledge before joining the course in September. Details of these courses can be found at bradford.vidlearn6.co.uk or tes.com/institute/ske-ppc-landing-page.

In addition to the above essential entry requirements, successful applicants also tend to have:
  • Advanced level qualifications (or equivalent) in mathematics.
  • Experience of observing the teaching of mathematics in a secondary school in this country.
We encourage applications from students who may not match the academic profile outlined above but who can demonstrate that they have developed their subject expertise by working for a substantial period of time supporting the teaching of mathematics in a secondary school context.
An offer of a place is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate and a satisfactory medical. If you are offered a place you will be sent the information regarding both of these checks.
 
Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.​​​

UK & EU Students:

​Leeds Trinity postgraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) tuition fees are £9,000 in 2016–17. Tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years. ​

You will not have to pay these fees upfront. Eligible UK and EU students can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees from the government.

UK students on non-salaried places studying full-time can apply for a package of maintenance funding from the government to help with general living costs and additional funding if you have children and/or a disability.   

English and EU students can apply and find out more information at www.gov.uk/studentfinance. This website also has a calculator which gives you an estimate of what you will receive.
​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

Catherine Bell

​​I'm Catherine Bell and I'm the Programme Leader for the PGCE Maths provision


I've taught Mathematics  in a variety of Secondary Schools and Further Education establishments

I'm also the Programme Leader for the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. 

My current research is based on the effectiveness of Maths SKE courses and whether they provide an alternative route into Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Academic staff profiles

Our PGCE Maths programme is a highly proficient programme which trains graduates to teach pupils Mathematics across a wide ability range,  in two contrasting school placements.

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Study Routes

​You can choose to study PGCE Mathematics via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking​ two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)​ programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

The most enjoyable aspect about being a teacher is seeing the progress of my pupils and, although it may seem ridiculous, enjoy their Maths lessons.

Michael Craven

PGCE Mathematics, 2014 - Strategic Numeracy Co-ordinator and Teacher of Mathematics at Bingley Grammar School

Professional Work Placements

More about placements

97% of our PGCE secondary graduates have become teachers within six months of graduation, according to our most recent HESA survey.
You can choose to study PGCE Mathematics via the following routes:
  • The Leeds Trinity University PGCE Provider-led programme led by the University with placements in partnership schools. Trainees spend in excess of 24 weeks in schools, undertaking​ two contrasting teaching placements.
  • PGCE School Direct programmes are a partnership between Leeds Trinity University and schools. Trainees normally spend most of their time in schools, with tuition provided by University tutors based at the school, and expert school teachers. 
  • PGCE School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)​ programmes are delivered by our expert teachers in schools. Trainees spend most of their time in schools, with some generic training provided centrally.

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