Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) MSc with QTS, PGCE

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
additional modules available part-time
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the top ten of higher education institutions

Good Teacher Training Guide 2017


of research rated 'internationally excellent' or above

REF 2014


Our Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers and not just learners of items in a mathematics curriculum.

The Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is practically based, with 24 of the 36 weeks spent in our partner schools. University weeks are organised with half a day on General Professional Studies and two full days on Mathematics Education. Work is set to be done on the remaining days of the week which will feed in to the Mathematics Education sessions.

The PGCE course at Loughborough has been judged on three occasions to be an ‘outstanding’ course by Ofsted and has had excellent reports from External Examiners.

The Mathematics Education Centre is one of the leading research centres for mathematics education in the country and has an outstanding international reputation. The Director of Mathematics PGCE also has an international reputation for research as well as one of the best known mathematics educators in the country. He has published widely in both national professional journals and international research journals. He has 11 years’ experience teaching in schools, including five years as Head of Faculty and has trained nearly 1,000 teachers over the past 26 years. Some of those are now Head Teachers whilst a group of ex-trainee teachers recently won the TES Maths Team of the Year award (2015). He has also won two teaching awards at the University of Birmingham before moving to Loughborough to start up the new Mathematics PGCE course in 2014.

The course sits within the Mathematics Education Centre which has an international reputation for research into mathematics education. This means that the course is research-informed as well as practically-based.

Sessions are taught by a highly experienced teacher and teacher trainer with sessions also run by teachers from partner schools with particular specialisms.

What makes this programme different?

  • Underpinned by the latest research and best practice
  • We're one of the leading research centres for mathematics education
  • Judged by Ofsted on three occasions to be an ‘outstanding’ course 
  • We have an international reputation for research into mathematics education

Who should study this programme?

These are some of the strengths and characteristics you’ll need to get into teaching and find it a fulfilling career:

  • Great communication skills
  • Great organisations skills
  • A desire to bring out the best in people
  • Resilience, energy, stamina, and a willingness to shoulder responsibility
  • Flexibility and a willingness to adapt and get to grips with new developments
  • Self-awareness

Entry requirements

An honours degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification, which has at least 50% mathematics. If the degree has less mathematics content then a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be required before the start of the PGCE.

In accordance with current government requirements, all applicants must be interviewed before a place can be offered in order to assess their suitability for teaching. It is normally expected that candidates should have had at least three full days’ experience in a state secondary school before applying for any programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Recent experience of working with young people will also be valuable experience although this is not a necessary requirement.

Download a copy of the entry requirements table.

Mathematics PGCE Entry Requirements Table

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

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IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

Our Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status programme is designed to produce well-qualified subject-specialist teachers for secondary schools, who engage in critical reflective practice to further develop their teaching and enhance pupil learning.


This programme covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

The Mathematics PGCE course is part of a Masters in Education (Mathematics) with QTS. The Mathematics PGCE involves the following compulsory modules:

General Professional Studies

Provides an opportunity to gain a systematic understanding of the wider professional requirements of teachers in secondary schools; develop critical awareness of contemporary whole school issues informed by professional practice; critically appraise policy and research related to the wider professional development of new teachers; and address the requirements of the Teachers' Standards (Department for Education, 2011).

Professional Studies (Mathematics)

The aims of this module are to develop the understanding and skills required of a research informed and practically skilled specialist secondary school teacher of mathematics and fulfil the requirements of the Teachers' Standards.

Practical Teaching

Your introduction to the teaching skills necessary to qualify as a specialist teacher of mathematics in a secondary school and to develop essential teaching competences.

Successful completion of these modules gains a PGCE. If the first three modules are also passed at Masters level then 90 credits are gained towards a Masters degree. It is optional as to whether students wish to continue to complete their Masters degree. If they do then the following modules complete the Masters degree.

The first of these takes place through an intensive one week course immediately following the completion of the PGCE course. The research project can be completed part-time in the second year of teaching and is a distance education course so that it can be completed wherever someone gains their teaching post.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including written assignments and group presentation.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Mathematics Education Centre is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Coming from such a prestigious course where trainee teachers are encouraged to be reflective and develop their own style of teaching mathematics means that they are often sought after by schools, with many gaining jobs within our partnership schools.

Graduate destinations

All trainees passing the Mathematics PGCE course have gone on to get jobs and the prospects for them are extremely good with opportunities as a mathematics teacher to progress to take on responsibilities within their school.

Your personal development

The Department prepares future teachers to engage and motivate school students to be mathematical thinkers and not just learners of items in a mathematics curriculum.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

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