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PGDip Secondary Education (QTS) – Mathematics

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

Quick Facts

Full-Time Duration: 36 weeks
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: £21,150 per full
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom

On the Secondary Education (QTS) – Mathematics programme from University of Birmingham, 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. You will also benefit from our unique collaboration with the University of Birmingham School as well a wide range of partner schools, including mixed comprehensive, single sex, religious and selective schools and sixth form colleges. The diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience on the PGDipEd Mathematics course.

You may be eligible for bursaries of up to £27,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified Mathematics teachers or a scholarship of £29,000 in lieu of a bursary (for 2023 entry).

On successful completion of your PGDipEd, you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters in Teaching Studies.

Programme Structure:

  • 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.

“The transition from undergrad to postgrad can be a big step up in terms of workload and what is expected of you, but there is so much support available to you as a postgrad student, from academic writing support (if you’ve been out of education for a few years or just want a bit of extra help) to mental health and wellbeing services. The careers support is fantastic – the uni puts on employer fairs throughout the year and you have access to one on one support from the Careers Network team, who can help you develop your skills ready for your next step!”

Emma Sutton // PhD Psychology


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.


  • 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.

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