University of Sussex
Mathematics (7-14) (38T3)

PGCE with QTS, full time or part time

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

The Sussex Schools Partnership PGCE 7-14 Mathematics is offered as a 1 year full-time programme from September to June.

Successful candidates are awarded Qualified T

eacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of 90 Masters Level Credits allowing progress onto our Part-time Masters in Education for newly qualified teachers.

Sussex is one of only a handful of providers nationally offering specialist 7-14 PGCE courses providing you with the necessary skills to teach in Primary, Secondary or middle school settings. The course suits candidates with a passion for teaching their subject who genuinely cannot choose between training in primary or secondary phases.

The move from Primary to Secondary school is a crucial one for children and, as a specialist transition teacher, your skills will be recognised by Secondary schools employing teachers to help children make that move, whilst providing specialist teaching in maths. For those wanting to work within a Primary school setting - for example as a subject leader - transition teaching skills will help you prepare pupils moving up from Primary to Secondary school for that all important progression.

You will attend a full-time three week induction course on our campus during September to prepare you for starting your Secondary school placement in late September.

You will then spend Monday to Thursday each week training in school and attending the University Campus on Fridays for lectures, workshops and seminars with our team of experienced subject tutors. In the autumn term your training will be focussed on how to teach maths in a secondary school.

After Christmas our 7-14 trainees transfer to their Primary School placement and receive additional campus based additional training in how to teach the full range of primary subjects and learn how to support school staff and curriculum development as a subject specialist.

Integrating education theory and practice and encouraging critical reflection on approaches to learning and teaching is key to the Sussex approach. Over the year you will be required to successfully complete pass both school placements. Additional assessments are via a Masters level essay submitted in late February and an innovative Viva style Masters level exit interview at the end of the course.

Further course information

Our Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course

Interview process

Applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to a selection day either on the University campus or in one of our partnership schools.

At a Sussex selection day candidates would usually expect to;

  • Listen to a talk giving further information about the course with an opportunity to ask questions
  • Have an individual interview with a Sussex tutor and an experienced teacher from a partner school
  • Deliver a short pre-prepared classroom type teaching task and/or presentation
  • Present your degree, GCSE Maths and English certificates (and Science for Primary and KS2/3) and Photo ID for checking
  • Complete some paperwork including our Suitability for Teaching Declaration

Showing an awareness the curriculum and school life is part of the selection process so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.

How school placements work

You will undertake two periods of Professional Practice in two schools over the academic year September to June. In the autumn term this will be in Key Stage 3 of a Secondary School. In the Spring and Summer terms you will be placed in a primary school training to teach the full range of curriculum subjects and focussing on your own specialism.

Placement 1: End of September to Christmas in Secondary. Trainees benefit from a serial placement where the working week is divided between four days in school and a day of reflection and training at the University on Fridays. This ensures a weekly focus on theory and pedagogy as well as practice.

Placement 2: February Halfterm to May halfterm in primary. There are fewer University days to give you experience of working a 5 day school week.

Our longstanding and historic partnership with around 300 schools across East and West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and South London Fringes helps us secure placements where our trainees will thrive and be well exceptionally supported. We invest a lot of time in carefully arranging the most appropriate school for each individual in our cohorts.

Your Sussex tutor will personally select your two school placements based on a combination of factors; the practicalities such as living location and transport needs but also on personality, subject knowledge level and previous experiences and using our in depth knowledge of the features of schools within our partnership.


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
International students £15,250

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

UK and EU Candidates on the 7-14 Maths course will be eligible for the DfE Secondary Maths bursary (tax free)



  • Degree:

An undergraduate degree 2:2 or above in Maths or a related subject that contains a substantial amount of Maths.

Where applicants hold a related degree and a Maths A Level it may be possible to be offered a place on the basis of successfully completing our Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course.

  • GCSE:

English and Maths and Science GCSE at grade C or above (pre-2017), Grade 5 or above (post-2017), or equivalent qualifications.

Personal qualities

We are looking for;

  • A passion for Maths and a proven interest in the subject beyond your degree
  • Knowledge and understanding of Maths and an awareness of how the subject is taught in UK primary and secondary schools.
  • Effective communication skills and good organisational skills
  • Enthusiasm, energy and creativity
  • Awareness of current educational developments
  • Experience with children and young people and commitment to developing individuals
  • Ability to evaluate your practice and to address weaknesses
  • Initiative, flexibility and responsiveness to change
  • Sense of responsibility
  • The ability to work in a team.

Other requirements

We also require the following

  • Working with children: You must not be excluded from working with children, as a result of a criminal record or other reason. The Disclosure and Barring Service provides access to records held nationwide through its disclosure

service. All trainees must obtain successful DBS clearance before starting an initial teacher-training programme.

  • Health requirements: All trainees must be screened for mental and physical fitness to teach by the University's Occupational Health Department before admission to the programme.

Contact details

01273 873238
Sussex School of Education
Essex House
Falmer, Brighton
Brighton and Hove


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