Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics

Start date
September
Duration
36 Weeks
UCAS code
G1X1
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Mathematics) leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and offers 120 credits towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Our specialist programme offers high quality training and support, which will prepare you to teach in the 11-18 age range and is run in close partnership with schools.

The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been graded as 'outstanding' three times by Ofsted inspectors which affirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. Our Mathematics Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education (QTS) received the top grade in all areas in the last Ofsted subject inspection. The course tries to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of Mathematics.

The School of Education benefits from our unique collaboration with the University of Birmingham School as well as a wide range of partners, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience on the programme. On the PGDipEd Mathematics prograamme we will develop you as a thinking teacher who is aware of the choices in how to teach Mathematics and able to make informed decisions about how to work with students. For those who are eligible, the course may attract bursaries

On our programme you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. On successful completion of your PGDipEd and your NQT year, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies

You may be eligible for bursaries of up to £26,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified Mathematics teachers or a scholarships of £28,000 in lieu of a bursary from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), The Mathematical Association (MA), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), and the National STEM Learning Centre. You could also benefit from additional early career payments of up to £6,000.

For those who have studied a degree with less than the 50% of mathematical content of an undergraduate mathematical degree as well as career changers we have the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which is a full time, campus-based conversion course for those who wish to teach Mathematics in secondary schools. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Equal Opportunities

The School of Education and University of Birmingham is committed to equal opportunities in the access to and provision of education. For more information please see the following documents:

Information on all our other PGDipEd secondary subjects may be found on the  Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page.  

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Such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin.

The 2013 Ofsted report

Fees

Fees for 2020-2021 are:

£9,250 (UK/EU full-time), £18,450 (overseas full-time).

When you apply for this course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and should ensure that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Our PGDipEd programmes include a significant amount of time spent on placements in a variety of schools at different locations, and so when budgeting to study you should also allow for travel to and from placements, as well as textbooks, printing, photocopying and stationery that you may need.

This course attracts tax-free bursaries of up to £26,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priorities to increase the number of Mathematics teachers.

Scholarships 

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)  in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), The Mathematical Association (MA), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), and the National STEM Learning Centre are awarding Teacher Training Scholarships to the most outstanding individuals, worth £28,000. If you're eligible for a scholarship, you could also receive early-career payments totalling £6,000.

Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan

With or without a bursary, you can also access a  Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan for your living costs. The available loans are:

  • a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 to cover your fees
  • a Maintenance Loan of up to £11,672 to support your living costs

Additional financial support

If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get:

Find out more information on the  extra financial support available

For further information contact the School directly or visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 


For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

How To Apply

Apply online through the UCAS Teacher Training portal. We recommend you apply as early as possible as the course becomes full well before summer. 

UCAS code: G1X1

The Interview process 

Selection is rigorous and designed to identify candidates with the strongest aptitude. Candidates selected for interview will be invited to the School of Education to:

  • meet course tutors
  • find out more about the course
  • complete a written task
  • have a one to one interview
  • show GCSE and Degree certificates (where these are available)

We work closely with partner schools to select candidates and applicants will often have the opportunity to meet senior colleagues from partner schools when they join us for interview day. 

Our Standard Requirements

All applicants to the Secondary PGDipEd(QTS) Mathematics course must hold a degree from a of a UK Higher Education Institution or equivalent qualification. This will normally be a minimum 2:2 classification and will be a condition of any offer where the degree has not already been awarded. We will expect your degree to not only have a high Mathematics content but it will also have a range and depth of Mathematics which might be found in at least 50% of a Mathematics degree. Graduates in other degrees who have a good pass in A level Mathematics may also apply and satisfactory completion of a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme may then be set as a condition of any offer.

A GCSE in Mathematics and English (Grade 4 or above*) or an equivalent qualification must be attained before making your application. 

You must also:

  • complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up a place.
  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

*New GCSE grades

International Requirements


The Mathematics Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education programme runs from early September to late June. You will undertake two substantial placements in schools – one in term one and one in terms two and three. Approximately two thirds of the year will be spent in school and one third in University.

The programme will include the study of subject-based teaching methods as well as the study of broader whole school issues.  A variety of teaching styles and approaches to learning will be used in the presentation of the themes. These include University-based lectures, small group seminars and workshops, school-based work with pupils and teachers, and work undertaken individually or with other groups of students. The course will not pretend that teaching Mathematics is straightforward, because it is not! Our sessions will rarely be of the form of a lecture, instead we will use activities and discussion as the main way of working. 

You will benefit from a specialist programme, working with a subject tutor and peers, developing a professional network which will sustain you into your career. We will help you become aware of issues relating to planning lessons, assessment, the difference between telling students information and teaching students, standard misconceptions students have about Mathematics topics, how different approaches to teaching a topic can change the learning experience for students and how choice of resources and technology can change the sort of Mathematics with which students engage. Along the way we will, of course, also introduce you to the National Curriculum and we will also do a lot of Mathematics ourselves!

Our whole-school issues course will provide you with breadth and depth of insight across a number of themes, including safeguarding, mental health, relationships and sex education, pastoral care and inclusion. An additional PSHE award is also available.

You will complete six modules, five of which will require a written assignment. For the final module, University tutors and school-based mentors will share the assessment against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS. You will have a personal academic tutor to guide and support you, as well as a dedicated subject mentor in both placement schools.

Many local schools have a high regard for Birmingham Mathematics PGDipEd (QTS) students and we have an excellent record of students gaining jobs at the end of the course. Many of our ex-students are now Heads of Departments in our partnership schools.

Read the Alumni Profile of Jemma Sherwood who completed her teacher training in 2005. She won a Pearson Teaching Award.