We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we are pleased to receive applicants from graduates in any subject area. Mathematics graduates can expect direct entry to the PGCE programme.
For direct entry to the PGCE, you must hold an honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of mathematics study. Graduates of other subject areas will be required to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course first as a condition of entry to the PGCE programme. (The university runs both a 36 week (Sept – June) SKE course and a 24 week (Jan – July) SKE course. If you are shortlisted, we will invite you in for interview. Arrangements regarding the SKE course would be discussed at the interview, if this applies.
All applicants are required to have GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent* (see below). We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. Completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests prior to the course starting is an additional requirement, please see details below.
- Successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
- DBS Enhanced Disclosure
- Completion of our in house medical pro forma
We encouraged you to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in maths-related or other educational activities.
Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6.
After 6 April 2015 you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015 this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you feel you already know some of the topics covered in this course, either due to previous learning or from experience of work, then you may not need to study all of the course.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the name given to the process of gaining credit towards a qualification because of something you have learnt in the past. If you are eligible for APL you won't have to learn the same topic again, and so you can be exempt from a module, set of modules or year of a course.
Read more about APL in the Quality Handbook (.pdf). If you think you may be eligible for APL, please contact the course leader.
The annual fee for this course is:
- £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
- £10,750 if you are an International student
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or International student, please see the International section of this website.
The UK Government is keen to encourage high-quality graduates to train as teachers, and so offers bursaries to attract more people into teaching.
For more information and to check the eligibility criteria, please see Education.gov.uk.
Funding for teacher training maybe available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2016/17 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.
Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.
Students on this course are entitled to a Get There Scholarship. Full details and eligibility criteria can be found on the University of Sunderland Scholarships page.
If you have any questions about your eligibility for any of the above scholarships, please contact:
The Scholarships Team
Tel: 0191 515 2865