PGCE Secondary – Mathematics

The following information has been put together to highlight the main features of the PGCE Secondary: Mathematics programme and to answer some of the frequently asked questions we have from students looking to apply.

For more detailed information about the PGCE Secondary: Mathematics programme at Cardiff Met, please refer to the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Main features of the programme:

  • The programme qualifies you to teach maths across the 11-18 secondary age range and consists of two integrated elements, which are university-based and school-based.

  • We offer a highly practical course, which builds upon theoretical knowledge and critical reflection. Interactive workshops, lectures and seminars are the main method of instruction.

  • The outline pattern for the year is:

  1. Two induction weeks at the start of September are university based

  2. One week observational experience in a primary school

  3. First secondary school experience from the end of Sept. to the end of January

  4. One interplacement week back at university

  5. Second secondary school experience from February to the end of June.

  • During secondary school placements, every Monday is spent at university, with Tues to Fri spent in school. Students consistently rate this as one of the key positive features of the course. Regular contact with other students and with tutors is seen as very supportive and an effective way to regularly develop and reflect on knowledge and skills.

  • On school placements you will have a dedicated mentor within the maths team who will support your progress and development in school.

  • University tutors work alongside school-based mentors to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in teaching mathematics effectively.

  • You will receive regular feedback on your progress as well as a number of planned lesson observations during the course.

  • You will need to be organised, to show commitment and dedication, as well as having sense of humour

Why study PGCE Secondary Maths at Cardiff Met?

  • We are situated on an attractive campus at Cyncoed with high quality resources for Education students.
  • Option to submit assignments, undertake teaching placements and IPD groups through the medium of Welsh.
  • Induction course for International students (We have good links with the Can Teach scheme and regularly have Canadian students and International students in the cohort, which allows for interesting comparison of methodology and teaching).
  • Financial incentives to train (training grants are available) and also to train through the medium of Welsh (training grant and Gloywi Iaith sessions).
  • We have placement schools throughout South East Wales
  • Excellent and well-established partnerships with English and Welsh medium placement schools – we know our schools and mentors well.
  • Regular sessions from visiting expert speakers/mentors on aspects of teaching and learning in mathematics as well as wider aspects of professional development.
  • Excellent employment rates (100% over the last 7 years) and opportunities to gain teaching and extra-curricular experience.
  • Sharing of good practice and resources through subject sessions.
  • Potential opportunity to spend part of your second placement at an international school in Europe

For further information about the programme and any specific enquiries relating to entry requirements, assessments and interview process, please refer to the main PGCE Secondary course overview and the UCAS Teacher Training website. Alternatively please contact: