About the course
If you have an interest and strong background in maths, our teacher training course is for you. In addition to possessing sound mathematical skills, we are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion to communicate and break down this complex subject to young secondary school students.
The quality of teacher training in secondary education was rated as 'Good' in Ofsted's report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report identified that "trainees demonstrate a good understanding of the requirements of the teachers' standards. Trainees and newly qualified teachers are reflective and self-motivated."
Our course will prepare you to become a professional, creative, competent and reflective teacher.
You will have the opportunity to gain 60 Master's-level credits as part of our PGCE. In addition to university-based workshops, our course includes two school placements plus extensive support in the form of online materials.
During your training, you will be investigating how to address common errors and misconceptions through pedagogy. All the while you will be improving your core subject knowledge of maths and how these skills relate to Maths Mastery.
There will be a continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also written and practical assignments with opportunities for Master's level credits in the postgraduate version.
Our past trainees have also contributed to a national project run by the Personal Finance Education Group. This supports schools in the teaching and learning of financial mathematics.
Additionally, we give you the option of a blended Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses prior to starting your PGCE.
- 98% of students indicated that the programme prepared them for teaching learners across a range of abilities
- 98% of students indicated that the programme helped them secure employment
- 84% of students were employed within 6 months of completing the programme (SED 2015/2016)
- Attend an interview
- At the interview, you will also be required to sit and pass a 30-minute style Higher Tier GCSE Maths non-calculator paper at 70%+. To prepare for this practice, materials can be found at www.corbettmaths.com, www.mrbartonmaths.com, AQA, Edexcel or OCR exam boards websites
- Pass the professional skills tests prior to starting the programme. Please see www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching for more information
Some applicants may need to work on the development of their subject knowledge. We offer a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to develop your mathematics knowledge at higher GCSE and AS level.
How school placements work
Our one-year course comprises two elements:
*60 days of university-based teaching
- 120 days of school-based experience
Your practical teaching experience is gained in two main schools. Here you will be allocated subject-specialist mentors who will offer dedicated feedback and guidance. During both placements, you will have the opportunity to develop your science and chemistry teaching with the support of a specialist teacher.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Disclosure Barring Service
Please note that it is not possible to pay for the DBS application fee from your student support and you should therefore make provision for this cost as part of your financial planning prior to the start of your programme.
The information above is dependent on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student and further eligibility applies. Make sure you are aware of the level of support you are eligible for before you apply for teacher training.
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
Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach.
To receive a bursery or scholarship, you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country's student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider.
If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree's equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
For more information, please visit our Teacher Training Bursaries page.
Applicants should have:
- A 2.2 or above in an honours degree in a relevant subject
- PLUS GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or above, or a recognised equivalent. We will accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A* Star Teachers
Candidates must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.
Students are required to obtain an enhanced disclosure certificate through the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) prior to the start of their programme. If satisfactory clearance is not received during your registration, you may encounter problems in receiving some elements of your student funding. Students must also complete an Occupational Health Check. To avoid any delay, it is important that you respond to all emails and correspondence sent to you concerning the DBS and Occupational Health processes.
About the training provider
University of Greenwich is committed to ensuring sustainability across all phases of teacher education and provides initial teacher education across the early years, primary, secondary and lifelong learning (further education) sectors. Located at the university's Avery Hill Campus, the university has been training teachers for over a century.
Ofsted rated the quality of Initial Teacher Training as ‘Outstanding’ for Primary Education (Ofsted Report 2016) and ‘Good’ Secondary, Further Education and Early Years Initial Teacher training sectors.
Our PGCE Primary Education programme has been voted in the Top 2 universities in London with 98% student satisfaction (NSS 2017) and Top 2 universities in London with 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016).
Our expert staff are active researchers as well as being trained teachers. During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.
If you are studying for your PGCE Early Years Teacher Status, your tuition fees will be covered by a National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) grant and your employer will receive up to £7,000 to cover your release. The Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) support the training, assessment and award of EYTS.
As part of your PGCE, you will have the opportunity to gain 60 Masters-level credits and gain Qualified Teacher Status.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Student Wellbeing Service provides information, guidance and support to students with a disability, including physical and mental health difficulties, long-term medical conditions and specific learning difficulties. This service is open to individuals who work and study at the University of Greenwich, and to those who aspire to do so. We also support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students who are carers.
Before you join the University, you can speak to the *AccessAbility Team about any concerns on entering higher education and adapting to university life. Once you're a student, we can provide further information and support, such as advice on assistive technology requirements and Disability Allowance Needs Assessors to help you access any financial help you may be entitled to.
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"Being an *AccessAbility Ambassador has provided me with an engaging means by which to reach out to others taking their first steps in to higher education. I started at the beginning of my second year studying and continued to work on a sustained project - in addition to many other related events - mentoring and supporting college students undertaking preparatory courses prior to their applications to university programmes, two or three days a week, for two years." Full profile
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