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vn2009
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Hello

I was wondering if anyone knew whether it is possible to do a degree in an area related to business management for example, and then do a PGCE in Maths at a later date? Or would taking a degree in business prevent me from becoming a maths teacher?

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At least 50% of your degree choice must be in the subject you want to teach at secondary level
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Hannah's response is quite commonly stated but is not necessarily correct. One of my best friends in teaching did a Business Studies degree and got onto a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics without difficulty despite not even having A Level Mathematics (he did have A Level Statistics).

Some institutions might prefer you to take an MEC (Mathematics Enhancement Course) before the PGCE but you would probably be OK without. We are desperate for new mathematics teachers.
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hey i was also confused whether my degree was appropriate but after many mixed answers on tsr ive found the best thing to do is contact the uni you are interested in directly and ask, as different unis require different things
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As with the reply given by Mr M, its often stated that you need 50%, but thats not always true.

I am currently studying Psychology at degree level and do not hav A-level maths, but after contacting a number of institutes, many stated that they would consider my application on the basis of successful completion of an enhancement course.
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As maths is a shortage subject atm I'd say most unis would consider someone with a bit less maths than usual, best to contact them as other people have said though. You could always do a 2 year course, with the first year being a maths subject knowledge enhancement year (with a bursary and no tuition fees!)
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To be honest, there are plenty of schools that would employ a Business and Management graduate to teach maths without you even needing to take a PGCE. You would eventually need to attain QTS however.
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Okay. Thanks for all your help
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