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PGCE Secondary Mathematics


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Bognor Regis campus

1 Year Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
Top 25
best university in the UK
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Entry requirements:

  • Normally candidates will have an?honours?degree at 2.2 or above where the content can be demonstrated to be at least 50% mathematics.
  • If you are unsure about the suitability of your degree please contact the course?co-ordinator.
  • All candidates must have achieved grade C / 4 or above in?GCSE?English and?Maths.?
  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate awareness of professional requirements within schools and an awareness of the education sector.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and demonstrate a good understanding of the profession
  • GCSE?Equivalency:?We would normally expect applicants to have taken and passed the full?GCSE?course?however in some circumstances we do accept equivalent qualifications or equivalency tests. If you are unable to?enrol?for the full?GCSE?course, please contact?Admissions?to discuss which equivalent qualifications we may accept.
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (including 7.0 in academic writing) other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Bursaries and scholarships:

University of Chichester alumni applying for a PGCE degree, there will be a £1,000 bursary available.

Did you know you could receive up to £26,000?tax-free?funding to support your postgraduate teacher training??Find out more about?government?bursaries and scholarships?available.?

Student view

Daniel Williams
Maths PGCE student 2016-2017
The support of the lecturers was second to none.
Stephen Lockwood
Maths PGCE student 2014-2015

Chichester University gave me a variety of tools to tackle the demands of a teaching career. The course structure allowed me to find my own style to become an?effective teacher.? The expectations on the course were clear and the assignments?built a culture that focused on research-based conclusions. I would recommend this course.?

Rachael Hosey
Maths PGCE student 2012-2013

On this course, you receive fantastic academic and pastoral support.?Learning how to be a teacher isn’t all through classroom experience, it’s essential to have guidance provided from the lecturers who are experts in their field.?The community I was introduced to at Chichester University has continued to be a support network 3 years on.

Derek Browne
Maths PGCE student 2013-2014

The Maths PGCE at Chichester left me feeling really well prepared for a career in teaching. The support from the maths team there was second-to-none. I have fond memories of the lectures and tutorials, the conversations with the subject tutor and others, and left feeling that I had learnt from the best. I still find myself referring to their example when I think about introducing a new topic in the classroom today, thinking "how would they have done it”? ?The fact that it is 5 years later and I still do this is a testament to the talented tutors and lecturers that steer the course. Thank you, for a lifetime of inspiration in teaching.?

Course content


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Course overview

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession. Each day is different and you can make a lifelong impact on many children’s lives. If you’re considering teaching, a PGCE degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is a great route to get there.

Our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics will enable you to become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in just one year. As Mathematics is core to the secondary school national curriculum, you could receive a £24,000 Government bursary to support you financially through the course.

Course structure

We know the best place to build your confidence and expertise as a teacher is in the classroom. That’s why the majority of your time will be spent in schools. You’ll undertake two main teaching placements in contrasting schools as well as completing short placements in other educational contexts.

Although you’ll spend a lot of time training in schools, you’ll take part in university-based training days. This provides an opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the theory and practice of teaching including both subject-specific materials and wider professional studies such as lesson planning, teaching strategies, behaviour?management and more.

Why study this course?

  • Qualify as a teacher in one year - this course includes Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to teach in any state-funded school in the UK and beyond
  • The course will allow you to teach Key Stages 3 and 4 as well as A level (ages 11 to 19)
  • You’ll gain teaching experience in two contrasting school?placements
  • You’ll be taught at Masters level – this means you can carry 60 Masters level credits forward to a full Masters level degree
  • Learn from experienced and passionate lecturers
  • You?could receive?a £24,000 Government bursary
  • We are offering a £1000 bursary?for Chichester alumni students continuing their studies with a?PGCE.

Course start date

This course starts in?September.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.? We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.?We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone to help with any enquiries, over 80 open access work stations and Costa Coffee.? An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans.

Teaching Resources

Education and teaching resources

Becoming an exceptional teacher means you’ll need to bring your lessons to life. We offer a collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement in schools. Head to the ground floor of the Learning Resource Centre at Bognor Regis campus to see our assortment of materials.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

Career opportunities

This programme prepares you for a career as a secondary school teacher.? At the end of the year, you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status and will be ready for the next stage of your development as a Newly Qualified Teacher in school.? Our students are highly successful in gaining teaching posts, many in our partner schools.?

Further study

After you graduate from your PGCE, you can choose to progress to a Masters degree:

Indicative modules

In addition to your subject specialism, you’ll study a Professional Studies element of the course, which includes:

  • Professionalism in Education
  • Identity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Closing the gap in access and achievement
  • Reflective practice
  • Positive behaviour management
  • Working with learning support assistants
  • English as an additional language
  • Child protection and Prevent
  • Pastoral care in schools
  • Literacy and numeracy across the curriculum
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between theory and practice
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Vocal skills
  • Applying for teaching posts
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Building rapport and resilience

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment


The?programme’s?delivered full-time over 38 weeks with 70% practical school experience in established partner schools and 30% university-based time, divided between Professional Studies and subject study.

This experience provides you with the opportunity to work alongside serving teachers, learning about the broader roles and skills of teachers and other school staff.


The course is assessed through observation during teaching placements and written assignments.?

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students need to complete three 4,000 word assignments at FHEQ level 7 (Masters), and two blocks of School Experience.

Meet the lecturers

Our?programmes?are taught by a team of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline. Take a look at their?profiles?to see who could be teaching you

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

DBS and School Experience costs

DBS check

PGCE applicants are required?to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which?needs to be?paid for?before the start of the course.

Costs incurred during School Experience

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24?weeks on placement. These school experiences are organised ?in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey. Travel to placements, which ?can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute?will not?usually ?exceed?1 hour?from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).?

Students not in receipt of a government bursary may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use?whilst on school experience as?schools are not required to provide these.?

Financial help available from the University

Our Finance pages provide details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.


Our Schools Partnership?network

We work with hundreds of partnership schools and?organisations?covering a wide area including?West Sussex, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and the Surrey border. These partners are based in rural and urban settings and cover a varied range of school types.?

How the placements work

Around 70%?of the course is spent in school, with your time divided mainly between two contrasting placements. You'll also complete a?week's training in a primary school (Key?Stage 2). Gaining experience in a mix of settings will help you to develop the skills required to confidently start a career in teaching.?

The University will find?placements?for you.?Great care is taken to place you in schools that will support you?and prepare you thoroughly for a career in teaching.?

Support?during your placements

School?experience is invaluable?to trainee teachers. That's why we take steps to ensure you are well?supported. We provide mentor training in our partnerships schools so you can learn from and build relationships with?serving teachers. You'll also have the full support of the teaching staff at the University while you're out on placement.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Subject Knowledge Enhancement?course overview

The?Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is designed for those who are interested in mathematics but do not have much maths in their degree (or feel it may be a little rusty).

The SKE opens up fresh opportunities for careers in secondary mathematics teaching to a large number of graduates of all ages who will previously have been ineligible because of their first degree choice of subject.

This programme aims to enhance the breadth and depth of understanding of mathematics to equip you with the necessary subject knowledge to be able to train to teach mathematics at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 in secondary schools.

It enables you to go on to achieve successful completion of a Secondary Mathematics Initial Teacher Training (ITT) route including?PGCE, Schools Direct or SCITT.?

Course length

The SKE is an online course that lasts for 8 or 16 weeks and contains over 400 hours of tutor-led, self-supported study.?As part of the course, you'll receive?regular?written feedback on your progress which will identify strengths as well as areas for development. Skype or telephone tutorials will also be available if required.

Am I eligible?

Graduates in any subject who have some Mathematics in their background, such as an A-level or an undergraduate degree in a relatable subject, are eligible. If you have any questions about the suitability of your qualifications or experience, please contact us for advice.

How is the course is funded?

The course is subject to Government funding. For the latest information,?visit the Government website to learn more.

Learn more

For further information and guidance on how to apply, please?see our?SKE in Mathematics course page.



For further information about this course, please contact Jeremy Smith,?PGCE?Mathematics?Coordinator?at?

How to apply

Applying to?this course

To apply to this course, you'll need to submit your application directly through Apply for teacher training.?For more advice on how to apply, visit the Get into Teaching website.

Personal statements tips

Your personal statement should include information about yourself, why you want to teach, what sparked your passion and details of any related teaching experience. Take a look at some helpful personal statement?tips from the Get into Teaching website.