Maths teacher training options

There are two routes into teaching Maths. You can study a four-year combined degree in education and mathematics or take a one-year diploma course following your undergraduate degree in Maths. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.

Bursary for Maths teaching courses in Scotland

There are bursaries available for people who have been working for at least three of the last five years and already have a Maths degree. Find out how to apply here.

Four-year university courses in education

For the four-year combined degree and other undergraduate degree programmes you must have at least:

  • English and two other National Qualifications at SCQF Level 6 (Higher Grade) AND
  • Mathematics and one other subject at SCQF Level 5 (or an accepted alternative, for example, National 5, Credit Standard Grade or Intermediate 2).

Check the entry requirements with the course provider.

PGDE university courses

Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Maths at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.

Alternate routes into teaching

These routes offer a little more flexibility in order to encourage diversity in the profession:

  • Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education PGDE Secondary – University of Aberdeen
  • Supported Induction Route (SIR) with a focus on STEM subjects – University of Dundee
  • MEd Enhanced Practice with Specialism – Middle Years Maths Teachers – University of Glasgow
  • Combined PGDE with integrated Masters & induction year in Secondary STEM subjects – University of Strathclyde

I aim to focus on becoming an excellent Maths Teacher. One crucial aspect of this is going to be motivating my pupils so that they are more enthusiastic about STEM subjects. I personally feel that this comes back to the important fundamentals of teaching; we need to shake off the ‘boring’ tag and, for teachers, this starts by reinforcing your own passion, otherwise you are going to find it hard proving them wrong.

Victoria Wall - Maths Teacher at Wallace High School

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