Hi all, I'm due to start a PGCE in Secondary Maths this September. I graduated with a First in Philosophy in 2010, had a year in a sales job and am currently on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course at the uni where I'll be doing my PGCE. I'm getting a bit nervous about September, and am preparing myself for a very pressured year, but am really looking forward to a rewarding career, and am so glad I spent the time after graduating really thinking about what I wanted to do, because I know I've made a good choice for me. However, one thing I am concerned about is how I will be viewed with not having a Maths degree. I have A grade A-Levels in Maths, Physics and Philosophy, and an A grade AS-Level in Further Maths, but am well aware that I will need to be a good few steps ahead of my students. I'm doing some degree level Maths in the Subject Enhancement Course, but know that this won't be sufficient as my career goes on. I hope to eventually teach A-Level as well as GCSE, and, at the moment, I have a goal of becoming head of department in a reasonable amount of time (I haven't thought much beyond this). I was wondering if you could suggest a good route to go down as far as knowledge enhancement goes - what courses, night classes etc are out there that would put me on a par with a Maths graduate? I'd also be interested to hear any opinions you have on Maths teachers who don't have a Maths degree. It was my intersest in Maths and Physics that led to my degree in Philosophy (e.g. I was so interested in the complexities of the world, how things just seem to work, and how all this relates to arguments for and against the existence of God). During my degree, I really enjoyed things like Political Philosophy, and it was actually a module in this that really got me thinking about teaching - we were studying the huge discrepencies in education different individuals experience. I figured it was a solid grounding in core subjects (English, Maths, Science) that allowed me to go and study a degree I absolutely loved (I didn't study Philosophy until A-Level), and I thought what a good thing it would be if I could contribute to other individuals getting a good grounding in a core subject so that they could go on to have more choice and opportunity. So it's not solely for my love of Maths that I'm here; other factors are involved. I'd like to hope that shows me as someone who is really concerned about young people and their futures and their well-rounded education, rather than someone who only cares about Maths. I would also love to be in a school where I can help out with an orchestra/music group, and am the type of person who likes to get involved with things - sports, school trips, summer schools. It was the extra-curricular activities that really made my school experience, and I'd like other students to get that too. Will these be good selling points, or do I have no chance in an interview against a Maths graduate? So I guess two questions really: 1. Am I at a real disadvantage without a Maths degree? 2. What courses etc can you suggest to help with my knowledge enhancement during my career? Sorry for the lengthy email; I guess I'm just looking for a bit of reassurance. Thank you in advance for replies to one or both of my questions.