About the course
Our Secondary Maths PGCE is run by a team of committed, passionate and experienced staff who offer a diverse range of expertise and a genuine conviction that our approach to teacher education is the best way to develop outstanding teachers. Our staff have extensive school and university teaching experience, and are active in researching in and working with schools to push forward the frontiers of Maths teaching. Our graduates enter the profession as enthusiastic and highly skilled teachers.
The course is designed to help you develop your understanding of the subject, of current good classroom practice and how students can best be supported in their learning. All of this is underpinned by a commitment to supporting you in your professional development so that you enter the profession as an enthusiastic and highly-skilled teacher.
Our aim is to help you to become a reflective practitioner, a teacher who is willing to critically evaluate and develop your practice in the light of experience and research evidence. You will be laying firm foundations for a thoughtful and rewarding teaching career. You will take part in activities that we hope will challenge your thinking and help you to develop a clear and positive rationale for your own values, beliefs and approaches.
You will also need to commit to a significant amount of independent study. As well as exploring your own professional development you will be asked to think about students’ learning and how best to plan and organise lessons that allow all students to be active and successful.
In the first term of the year, at the University, we will draw on your experiences, video material, whole group discussion, small group work, paired work, lectures, peer teaching and peer and self-evaluation to help you prepare for your school-based work in the following two terms. You will also complete two academic assignments during the year, in which you will explore aspects of learning and teaching in depth.
We will explore with you the nature of mathematics and the teaching of mathematics and how this might affect student enjoyment and engagement. The Exeter PGCE assists you to develop your own academic knowledge of mathematics and includes dedicated sessions on the use of ICT. Furthermore, the development of academic knowledge into ‘curriculum’ and ‘pedagogic’ knowledge to support your practice and working within the context of the National Curriculum will be an important focus.
How school placements work
We work with local secondary schools including an Independent School to provide placements that will give students a rounded, engaging and fulfilling experience. We also have opportunities available in special education across all ages including secondary and sixth form.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
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
For information on Government loans and training bursaries, please visit the Student Finance England and Get into Teaching websites.
For more information, please see our Fees and finance webpages
The usual entry requirements for this course are a good A level mathematics grade and a 2:2 degree with at least 50% mathematical content. However, equivalent or alternative qualifications are always considered and, where necessary, you may be required to complete some subject enhancement before joining the course.
Passes at GCSE in English and Mathematics at Grade C/4 are required.
The PGCE Mathematics course at Exeter requires enthusiasm, energy, commitment, a love of mathematics and a strong desire to teach. In return, the mathematics team, together with school-based partners, will offer you every opportunity to advance towards becoming a confident and inspirational teacher of mathematics.
In addition to the academic requirements listed, selection is based on performance at interview, passes in both professional skills tests, a satisfactory fitness to teach assessment and a satisfactory DBS enhanced disclosure.
Although not essential it would be an advantage to be able to reflect on any school-based experience or experience working with young people in another context at interview.
The ‘Qualifications’ section describes our standard offer. However, if you have a different academic background, equivalent to degree level, you are welcome to make an application through UCAS for consideration or contact our PGCE Admissions team for more information.
About the training provider
We are delighted to be working with the University of Exeter to offer School Direct training from our lead school, Haygrove School, in Bridgwater (https://www.haygroveschool.co.uk/)
Set in the heart of Somerset on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our training route provides a fantastic opportunity for students to study their taught PGCE programme as part of the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provision at St Luke’s Campus the University of Exeter. The rest of the training takes place in the classroom, learning from teachers and working directly with pupils from the outset.
We work with a range of Primary, Secondary and Special schools as well as the Independent sector to ensure students have as diverse as possible (in this area) experience. Our schools range from urban (town) to rural (small church schools) as well as across a range of Special Schools and a highly-successful independent school.
About the accredited body
Exeter University are leaders in Initial Teacher Education (ITE), graded as outstanding in all areas by Ofsted (https://www.exeter.ac.uk/teachertraining/whychooseexeter/ofsted/) and ranked 3rd amongst university providers of ITE in the Good Teacher Training Guide (2017). Ofsted praised University of Exeter-trained teachers for their ‘high levels of professionalism; drive, resilience and an ability to manage themselves independently’; meaning our NQTs make rapid progress in their careers as new teachers and gain confidence in teaching children with a diverse range of needs. The 2017 inspection of ITE programmes praised the contribution of Exeter’s trainees and NQTs teaching children in the region and nationally.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The University of Exeter provides comprehensive student services that include AccessAbility and Wellbeing teams, Student Learning Skills Service, Student Advice Unit, Counselling Service, Students’ Union Advisors, Student Health Centre, Family Centre and the Chaplaincy. For further details on the wealth of support available to you please go to Student Support Services
PGCE trainees can access the support of a Wellbeing Services Welfare Caseworker to discuss concerns, talk through options for support or understand more about how the University Wellbeing Services may be able to help.
Alongside the support described above, every PGCE trainee is assessed by an Occupational Health provider as part of the admissions process to ensure they are fit to teach in a school setting. If the Occupational Health provider recommends any adjustments, the University’s Partnership Office will ensure you are placed in schools where these adjustments can be made, providing they are logistically possible and reasonable.
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