PGCE Secondary Maths with PE


Initial Teacher Education

Key facts

PGCE Secondary Mathematics with Physical Education
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park, Culverhay and partner schools
Course length
One year full time.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: G1X1
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

See 'What we look for in potential students' for more information.

Become a Secondary Mathematics and PE teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Enhance your employability. Qualify to teach two sought-after subjects on this unique and challenging programme.
  • Become an effective teacher. Learn the leading-edge theories and modern practicalities of teaching from expert tutors.
  • Benefit from an excellent support network - from partner setting and academic staff to a wide range of visiting speakers.

Teacher taster day and scholarship flyer

Thank you for changing lives

We're giving trainee teachers who start at Bath Spa University this September a £500 Thank You Scholarship for choosing to become a teacher.

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring teacher.

Our full-time programme lasts for approximately 40 weeks. You’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

What you'll learn


This one-year PGCE with QTS is the ideal route into teaching if you’re passionate about both subjects and wish to teach Mathematics, with the flexibility of being able to teach PE as a subsidiary subject. The programme also offers 60 level 7 credits with the chance to continue to a full Master’s degree during your first year of teaching.

You’ll develop your knowledge to become both an effective and reflective teacher. You’ll gain skills to plan and teach both subjects effectively, helping all students to reach their full potential. Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme and we will focus on teaching methods which allow students to develop as independent learners. The University training supports and complements your work in schools.

You’ll have many opportunities to observe excellent practice, working alongside teachers and pupils in a wide range of school settings. In addition to the focus at Key Stages 3 and 4, you’ll gain an insight into KS5 teaching.

You’ll benefit from sessions led by not only academic staff but a wide range of practitioners who support learning and provide pragmatic workshops, training and support for teaching.

You’ll learn how to manage a class and be encouraged to develop a mix of whole class teaching, small group collaborative work and independent learning strategies. Differentiation is strongly emphasised – you’ll plan and provide for requirements of pupils of differing abilities and needs.

When you graduate, you’ll be a fully qualified teacher, with the essential skills and confidence that you need to be successful in the classroom.

University training

The programme provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. During the first University phase, we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. All sessions are highly practical with you developing your own understanding and subject knowledge.

You'll gain early experience of teaching within a secondary setting to quickly put theoretical skills into practice. During the second University phase, we respond to the emerging needs from the first placement and further develop subject knowledge.

School training

The School phases are with two different partner schools. The first phase runs from October to Christmas and the second phase runs from February to June. In addition to the school placements, we work with a range of partner schools to offer a variety of school experiences.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous, evidence-based account of your educational journey.

How will I be taught?

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • Tutorials at key points across the year
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group activities: presentation, group discussion, role play and collaborative working
  • Independent learning
  • Peer support
  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva)
  • Observation of teachers’ practice, including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice
  • Professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Throughout the programme, you’ll be provided with an excellent support network through tutorials, visiting speakers, and partner schools and settings. We have shaped the programme to suit your needs as you become attuned to the learning environment of the classroom. Our partner schools maintain equally high standards.

ICT plays a major part in teaching Mathematics in schools, so you're given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of Mathematics-specific software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.



All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources. Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.


You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £9,250
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You’ll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). 

You will need to hold a 2:2 honours degree or above, or be in your final year of your degree programme. We also look for applicants to hold GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C (or 4 under the new mark scheme) or above, as well as having passed the QTS tests in Literacy and Numeracy. The QTS tests can be taken after interview, but must be completed by a date stipulated in any offer.

In addition, you’ll need A-level or equivalent in both Mathematics and Physical Education or Sports, as well as a degree in Mathematics, or a related discipline with at least 50% Mathematics content.

If you have a Sports Science degree, or a degree with less Mathematical content, you can still apply for the course but are likely to be asked to complete an accredited Mathematics Enhancement Course. We offer a 28-week intensive Mathematics Enhancement Course here at Bath Spa which aims to develop a deep understanding of all school Mathematics with the potential to teach up to A-level standard.

Non-academic requirements

The love of and competency of both subjects is one of the most important aspects of being a good teacher. You’ll be enthusiastic about both subjects and working with children.

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Get ahead

You’ll need to apply through UCAS Teacher Training. Your completed application must include details of your qualifications, your personal statement and your reference.

Your personal statement is your chance to show your motivation, readiness and commitment to becoming a teacher. We want to hear about why you are applying, what makes you suitable for the course, and any relevant skills and experience you can bring to your studies.

Experience observing and/or working in schools is recommended and will enhance your application.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Secondary PGCE Admissions Officer: teaching@bathspa.ac.uk

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