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“The programme benefits from the leadership of a leader who commands international recognition for his research and publications in the field. As such, the programme design is of the highest standard.” (External Examiner, 2016)

About our Mathematics PGCE/MSC with QTS


    24 weeks spent in schools gaining practical experience

  • Bursaries available 

    Department for Education bursaries of £20,000 are available for those with 1st class, 2:1 or 2:2 degrees.

    You will receive two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in your third and fifth year of teaching, if you have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

    For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance.

    (for further details please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt-academic-year-2018-to-19)

  • Highly ranked in The Good Teaching Training Guide 

    Loughborough is ranked 2nd in the top ten of higher education institutions in the 'Good Teacher Training Guide 2017' and has been ranked in the overall Top 10 for the past five years*


    We have a strong tradition of teacher education and a history of successfully producing outstanding teachers who are in great demand by schools and colleges in the UK and overseas

  • Taught by staff from within the Mathematics Education Centre 

    85% of the Centre’s research activity was judged to be “world-leading” or “internationally excellent”, the fifth highest proportion of any UK education department. Staff in the MEC have won national and international awards for their excellent research and research informed teaching practices*


    Our PGCE is both a standalone qualification and the first year of an MSc in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

*Visit the Department for Education website for up to date details. **Ranked 2nd of HE-led providers in The Good Teacher Training Guide 2017 and 6th of all providers in England. ***REF 2014.


Amazing course. Supportive Lecturers that really want you to succeed and, push you to become the best maths teacher

Kyla Smith, Mathematics PGCE student

The ethos of the Mathematics PGCE course is to develop the thinking behind your teaching as well as the skills involved with being an excellent teacher of mathematics. Loughborough has been acknowledged by Ofsted to be an outstanding provider for PGCE.

Having a good level of personal subject knowledge is important but what is equally important is having pedagogic subject knowledge, which concerns the way you might go about teaching that knowledge to someone else. The course will address a variety of ways in which the teaching of mathematics can be approached, of which telling and explaining are only two of the options available.

The most challenging but rewarding year of my life!

Jodi Short, Mathematics PGCE student

The course will involve you learning about such things as the National Curriculum, mathematics assessments and standard misconceptions. It will also challenge your thinking about what it means to work mathematically, what teaching involves, and what it means to say someone has learnt something.

Most of the sessions will involve carefully chosen activities which allow you to experience personally some important issues relating to teaching and learning mathematics. Sessions will involve a significant amount of discussion which will arise from reflection upon activities, videos or readings.

The course has 24 of the 36 weeks in schools and so is rooted in developing classroom practice. It is situated within the Mathematics Education Centre which has an international reputation for research into teaching and learning mathematics at all ages. This enables the course to be research informed as well as practically based. The course offers 90 credits towards a Masters degree with a clear pathway to complete your Masters within two years of teaching.

Mathematics PGCE Experience at Loughborough University

Students share their experience of Mathematics teacher experience at Loughborough University.

The course opened my eyes to the world of teaching and excited me to explore the many factors that contribute to this brilliant profession.

Alex Phillips, Mathematics PGCE student

Applicants with a degree in any mathematics or mathematics-related discipline are eligible to apply. Mature students who have relevant commercial or industrial experience are particularly welcome to apply. We would expect your degree to contain at least 50% mathematics. However, it is possible for people with less mathematics in their degree still to be considered although that might mean completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to starting the PGCE.