Our Mathematics Education MA will enhance your theoretical and practical understanding of the study of Mathematics in Education. You will study a combination of required and optional modules that will advance your critical understanding and professional expertise. We also offer a range of study topics that will allow you to explore current and future mathematical education practices, policies, curriculum technologies, problems and innovations.
Throughout the course, you will develop a critical understanding of your professional expertise as well as analysing the learning and teaching of mathematics and their implications for policy and classroom practice. You will engage with fundamental concepts in learning theories as well as the education and assessment frameworks they often imply. Your study will allow you to develop a critical perspective on contemporary mathematical learning schemes and their current impact on mathematical learning, teaching and assessment.
For all those who teach, lecture or organise educational provision at any level. To enable professionals concerned with education to reflect on their practice and to inform such reflection by extending their knowledge. Students will be made aware of significant current developments in contemporary pedagogical policy and practice.
For each 30-credit taught module you will typically have 20 hours of class time. The sessions include lecturing, teacher led class discussions and student-led group work.
Self-study: You will have 280 hours of self-guided learning time per 30 credit module.
For the Academic Study Skills Workshops you will have 10.5 hours of contact time.
For the Dissertation module students receive 9 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision and attend research methods lectures which are an additional 24 hours of contact time. The dissertation will also involve 567 hours of self-guided learning.
The 30-credit taught modules are normally assessed by a 6,000 word assignment. However, assessment methods may vary, depending on the optional modules you select.
There is an online participation requirement for the compulsory taught module. The 60-credit dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing of 16,000 words.
Students are permitted to take up to 40 of their optional credits from outside of the course, at the discretion of the Programme Director. The contact time and assessment methods for those modules may vary.
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
The skills and knowledge developed in this course are of benefit to classroom practitioners (particularly those following a subject or school leadership career pathway), policy makers and individuals in other education-related roles. Some of our graduates also continue their educational research at MPhil/PhD level.
If you are enthusiastic about maths and would like to teach it but don’t have all the qualifications to begin our maths PGCE, this course is the ideal stepping stone. This full time one-year (36-week), DfE Teaching Agency approved, subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course helps you to deepen your knowledge so that you are ready to train to teach maths.
The government needs more mathematics teachers, so you might even be eligible to receive a bursary while on the course.
Work towards teacher-training at Sheffield Hallam
Successfully completing this SKE course enables you to enrol for our one-year PGCE in Mathematics (subject to passing the pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy). To be accepted onto this course you need to have already been successful in your application for a PGCE course.
Learn in a variety of ways and settings
This SKE course involves studying for one year at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. We help you to develop your subject knowledge and your confidence using a range of teaching and learning strategies and school visits. You complete mostly subject-based study at degree level, with some work alongside pupils in schools. Teaching groups are small, between 15 and 35 students, and are conducted in a lively and supportive atmosphere.
Our two-week, non-accredited Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE1) Secondary Mathematics Education course could be a quick refresher if you’re a bit rusty.
Semester one modules
Semester two modules
Teaching maths is a great choice
Britain needs more maths teachers, so your chances of finding a good job when you graduate from teacher-training are very good.
If you’re still wondering if teaching is for you, we offer free three-day taster courses to give you all the information you need to make a decision.
Alternatively, you can arrange your own informal experience in schools prior to applying.
Our excellent graduate employment record
We have a superb record for graduate employment: over 90% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.
Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a job at a place that you already know.
What you’ll be teaching and to whom
Successfully completing this SKE course qualifies you to take our PGCE course in mathematics (subject to passing the pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy). Once the PGCE is complete you can begin teaching maths at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-16) and 5 (16-18) as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).