Brent Teaching School Alliance
Mathematics (35BH)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
UCL, University College London (University of London)
Financial support
Scholarship, bursary or student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

About the course

As a BTSA School Direct student you will attend university training days at UCL Institute of Education alongside students recruited via other routes. On the Tuition Fee route you will carry out academic assignments leading to the award of masters level credits.

The School Direct PGCE Mathematics programme aims to develop critical understanding of the nature of mathematics and its position in the school curriculum. Student teachers engage with research evidence and theories of learning in order to make sense of practice they observe in schools. They explore how teaching approaches can help learners develop mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills and cultivate enjoyment of mathematics.

The PGCE Mathematics programme consists of 3 core modules: the Professional Practice module and two Level 7 (Master's Level) modules of 30 credits (total 60 credits).

Core Modules:

Professional practice

Mathematics, Curriculum and pedegogy

Mathematics curriculum in a wider context

The Professional Practice module is assessed by the observation of practical teaching in two placement schools. The two Level 7 (Master's Level) modules are assessed through 5000-word written assignments. The 60 credits from these two modules are transferable to future study for a Master's degree in Education.

Successful completion of the Professional Practice module and successful completion of the two modules (60 credits) at Level 7 (Masters Level) will result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Students who successfully complete this programme will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The PGCE Mathematics programme is taught via keynote lectures, subject studies seminars, workshops, tutorials and directed study days at the UCL Institute of Education and through two placements. Assessment is by the observation of practical teaching, written academic assignments and a portfolio of key assessments (which is closely linked the the Teachers Standards).

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Interview process

The BTSA will coordinate the selection process. All applications will be checked to see if the applicant meets the entry criteria. Those who are shortlisted will be invited for an interview, which will involve a range of activities to assess suitability for teaching.

UCL carries out second interviews on the Tuition Fee Secondary route.

How school placements work

Student teachers undertake at least two placements (totaling 120 days).

As a BTSA School Direct trainee you will spend a total of 120 days on school placements applying the educational theories learned and developing your teaching practice.

The main placement will be hosted by the School Direct Secondary School the applicant applied to. The second, will be within a contrasting Secondary school, organised by the BTSA.

During your time in school your teaching practice will be supported by an experience Subject Mentor and Professional Coordinator Mentor. The Professional Practice module is assessed through these placements, associated tasks and a portfolio.

Your tutor from the UCL Institute of Education will visit you in school on a regular basis and liaise with your school mentor regarding your training and development. Your Institute tutor will carry out your final assessment in school against the national Teachers’ Standards.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £17,110

Financial support

You could be eligible for either:

  • a scholarship of £22,000
  • a bursary of £20,000

With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 in some areas of England).

To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.

You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.

Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

Financial support from the training provider

Funding information is available on the following web page:



UCL requires a minimum of a 2:2 UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in Mathematics, or mathematical content of 50% or more.

In addition applicants must have GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade C/5 or above. UCL does not accept ‘additional’ or ‘applied’ GCSE subjects. For equivalency testing UCL will only accept tests from

Applicants must achieve a pass in the Literacy and Numeracy Professional Skills Tests before training begins.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who demonstrate their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and have a desire to share this with young people.

You should be highly motivated, able to adapt and have the resilience to work well under pressure. Ideal candidates will be organised and demonstrate good inter-personal skills.

Trainees should have the ability to reflect critically on their own practice and progress.

Other requirements

All applicants will be expected to have gained some experience in a classroom, ideally prior to interview.

Teacher Training providers have a responsibility to ensure that trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. All applicants will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

If you have lived, worked or travelled in another country for three months or longer in the last ten years, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct from the relevant country/countries.

About the training provider

If you want an interesting career where you can really make a difference to the lives of young people, train to be a teacher with the Brent Teaching School Alliance.

The Brent Teaching School Alliance (BTSA) is a strong partnership of primary and secondary schools working with the UCL Institute of Education to provide high quality teacher training among our mainly 'outstanding' establishments. Our vision is to train and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers.

We have been successful providers of initial teacher training for many years. The consortium of schools involved have a high level of expertise and strong commitment to delivering excellent quality training. We enable our student teachers to realise their full potential. A high percentage of our students gain full employment within their placement school or within the Alliance, once qualified.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management strategies and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

The Brent Teaching School Alliance can provide a broad range of experiences and developmental opportunities within a multi-culturally diverse population, which enriches the experience of teaching within this unique community.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The BTSA is fully inclusive.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application form so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools.

Trainees with a disability or other needs will be offered additional support with reasonable adjustments made to accommodate their individual circumstances.

School Direct students are entitled to support from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) team. You can find more information here:-

Contact details

0208 904 2785
Spencer Road


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: 25Z
  • Training programme code: 35BH

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
Preston Manor School Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, London HA9 8NA P

Advice and support

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