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If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector with a specialism, then this course is for you. Read more

Why choose this course?

• If you would like to teach post-14 learners in the Further Education (FE) and Skills Sector with a specialism, then this course is for you
• The specialist pathways allow you to focus on a key subject area in English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* or teaching learners with disabilities
• We were rated 'Outstanding' in our most recent Ofsted inspection for the training and assessment of our trainees
• You may be entitled to a bursary, depending on your degree classification.
*‌ Our Engineering pathway is currently subject to validation for September 2016 entry.

About this course:

This course will enable you to apply for Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS) via the Education and Training Foundation (formerly the Institute for Learning). Depending on your preference and prior experience, you can either specialise in English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* or teaching learners with disabilities.

We will thoroughly prepare you for the practical demands of teaching in the FE & Skills sector within one academic year. The course will also provide you with 60 credits at masters level.

You’ll be based at the University for two days a week, where you’ll be taught in our specialist teacher training facilities. For two days a week, you’ll be on a teaching placement, and you’ll undergo a six-week block placement in February. You will also complete an alternative placement in a different setting which you are expected to have fulfilled before the course starts. This information will be relayed to you on pre-induction.

If you are interested in teaching post-14 learners in areas outside of English: Literacy, Maths, Engineering* and teaching learners with disabilities, then we also offer a generic PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training) course.
Bursaries

There is a government initiative that currently provides bursaries for teaching English, Maths, and SEN disabled learners. The amount is dependent on your degree classification. Please see the Fees and finance section for further details.

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The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy /Adult Numeracy / ESOL is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. Read more
The Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy /Adult Numeracy / ESOL is designed for current teachers who wish to study to gain a nationally recognised specialist qualification. If you already hold a teaching qualification such as a Primary PGCE, Secondary PGCE or PcET PGCE or Cert Ed, then this course is for you. Students choose one pathway from a choice of three as their specialism:

* Adult Literacy & Communication
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1543-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-adult-literacy-and-communication
* Adult Numeracy & Maths
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1544-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-adult-numeracy-and-maths
* ESOL
http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1545-advanced-certificate-in-teaching-esol

The specialist certificate provides you with the opportunity to review and extend your subject knowledge, and develop professionally. You will be challenged to look at your teaching practice afresh and to develop new insights and approaches to your teaching. You will be guided and supported by our specialist teacher educators, all of whom are experienced teachers in their field, enthusiastic about their subject and committed to enhancing your experience. You will also be encouraged to learn from others in the group, share good practice and develop links with teachers from other organisations.

Throughout the course you will share ideas about learning and teaching, and form new professional networks and friendships. Our dedicated teaching staff will support you in developing your own confidence, and understanding of, your subject.

On completion, you will gain a Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Adult Literacy & Communication OR Adult Numeracy & Maths OR ESOL.

What you study

You study in a subject-specialist cohort with opportunities to share good practice and professional experience with others in the group.

You will deepen your understanding of English language, literacy or numeracy (as appropriate) as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts in your subject, as well as the development of your own personal skills in the subject area.

Learning & Assessment methods

Through assignments such as individual student case studies, presentations and seminars, teaching practice and reflections on theory and practice, you will extend your own practice and deepen your understanding of learning and teaching in your specialist subject.

We will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of your subject. You will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of your subject, and to develop your own considered approach to teaching language, literacy or numeracy.

Where Next?

It is expected that the specialist certificate will increasingly become a requirement in the sector. Furthermore, evidence from past years shows that completion of such courses enhances the career and employment potential of course members. The University's MA Education programme offers specialist routes for further, advanced study including the MA TESOL.

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Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas as well as the option to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7). Read more
Leeds Trinity University offers Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) (FHEQ Level 6) initial teacher training courses in a number of subject areas as well as the option to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education qualification (PGCert) (FHEQ Level 7).

Benefits of PGCE Physics with Maths

- We are a well-established Initial Teacher Training provider with strong links with schools in Yorkshire and across the North East.
- The employment rate of our students is very high. Our graduates take up teaching posts across the UK as well as within our partnership schools.
- The course is suitable for applicants from a scientific and numerate background.
- All PGCE trainees can also opt to complete Post-Graduate modules during the course, so taking the first steps towards gaining a Masters' Degree.
- The course qualifies you to teach Physics with Maths at 11-16 or 11-18, providing opportunities to develop particular interests at Key Stage 3, 4 or at Advanced Level.

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This is a professionally oriented programme that enables you to engage with a wide range of educational issues. It is designed to develop the teaching and learning role through reflective practice. Read more
This is a professionally oriented programme that enables you to engage with a wide range of educational issues. It is designed to develop the teaching and learning role through reflective practice. The programme will provide additional opportunities to enhance your understanding of the teaching of Maths in the primary school and a strong focus on your understanding of progression in learning within this subject area.

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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. Read more

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.

Other routes

Our two-week, non-accredited Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE1) Secondary Mathematics Education course could be a quick refresher if you’re a bit rusty. 

Course structure

Semester one modules

  • algebra, thinking, learning and research
  • statistics for citizenship
  • exploring existing knowledge
  • mathematics systems and structures
  • the pupil experience of learning maths
  • professional standards 1

Semester two modules

  • history of maths
  • advanced mathematical systems and structures
  • cross-curricular mathematical modelling
  • enabling mathematical development
  • professional standards 2

Employability

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).



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Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become maths teachers. This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in maths with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. Read more
Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become maths teachers.

Course overview

This initial teacher training course equips you to share your interest in maths with young people and inspire them to fulfil their potential. There is currently a shortage of maths teachers, and so there are excellent job prospects. Our course prepares you for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential qualification for teaching maths in state-maintained schools.

The course has two strands. The first strand is based at the University and provides a solid grounding in theory and practical issues. The second strand is based in partner schools where you will undertake practical teaching experience.

This programme is also offered as part of our School Direct route.

The Government is keen to encourage high-quality maths graduates into teaching, and so bursaries of up to £25,000 are available for students training to become Maths teachers in 2016/17.

In addition to Government bursaries, students on this course are also eligible for many of the University of Sunderland scholarships. Full details of the Sunderland scholarships available to you can be found on the Entry requirements tab of this course.

The University of Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908 so you can be confident that our courses are excellent preparation for a teaching career in which you can inspire young people to realise their potential.

If you require additional support with your maths subject knowledge, for example if you have not completed a maths degree, then we offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses.

You will be training alongside other people who have the same career aims as your own. Previous trainees have found that the support you can receive from, and give to, others will make a significant and important contribution to your progress.

Course content

This course blends academic studies at the University with hands-on experience at our partner schools.

PGCE Course content
September – January
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 1: Development of Learning: A Case Study – you will identify an educational intervention and explore its use, impact and influence upon the learning of one or more pupils
-Subject Studies related module

January – June
-Full-time teaching practice placement (school or college)
-Master's Module 2: Negotiated Individual Study in Education – you will undertake a piece of action research into an educational issue
-Subject Studies related module

Teaching and assessment

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work and group work as well as placements and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include written work, evidence profiles and assessment of your teaching practice.

Our experienced teaching staff are all trained teachers; past Ofsted inspections have noted this and commented 'current university tutors are skilled practitioners who make excellent contributions to training that help to develop trainees' strong subject knowledge and awareness of related teaching skills. All staff ensure they are and remain highly informed of best practice in their subjects.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities on-campus and strong links with schools and colleges in our secondary partnership.

Secondary partnership

The University of Sunderland forms part of a secondary partnership that includes more than 230 schools and colleges. This means that there are wide opportunities for placements during the professional year.

The course is based at our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Campus is on the banks of the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside. It’s a vibrant learning environment with strong links to educational institutions and a constant exchange of ideas and people. The campus also includes the Prospect Building – which mirrors our City Campus Gateway style in the main reception area. It also is home to the main campus library as well as several catering areas, which look out onto the river. Prospect underwent a recent 1.25m re-development to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the modern day student.

Staff at the university work hard to ensure there is strong communication and positive relationships between the university and its partner schools. Staff in schools are well aware of their roles and responsibilities. There is a high level of coherence in training between the schools and the university, and between generic and subject training, all of which helps trainees progress.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on education topics, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals. Resources include the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals.

Employment & careers

Everyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England and Wales needs Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This course leads to QTS and, on successful completion, you will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. Read more
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching A-Level Mathematics is designed for practising secondary Mathematics teachers who wish to develop or enhance their teaching at post-16 level. The course was developed at Warwick University under the aegis of MEI. In addition to developing your subject knowledge, you will focus on the theoretical underpinning of learning advanced Mathematics and will explore the evidence base for the teaching of one mathematical topic in more depth.

If you are considering this programme, you may also be interested in the MSc Mathematics Education.

Facts

Mode of study: a series of full-day sessions, usually in pairs.

Duration: an academic year.

Location: Durham City campus.

How will I be taught?

The course is very 'hands-on'. Expert tutors come from both Durham University and the University of Warwick. You will work with peers on a range of problems and will reflect on both Mathematics and the appropriate pedagogy.

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, including a portfolio, written assignments, reports and presentations.

What will I learn?

The certificate is based on two modules: A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy and Classroom-based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics.

A-Level Mathematics Pedagogy

The module introduces the theoretical and practical underpinnings of advanced Mathematics teaching and learning and introduces existing research findings in the area. It covers issues such as the role of questioning in the A-Level Mathematics classroom, visual representations of complex concepts, proof and reasoning and the role of ICT. The assessment involves the production of a portfolio (33%) outlining both the development of subject knowledge and practical teaching skills, as well as a written assignment focused on a key topic in the learning and teaching of A-Level Mathematics (67%).

Classroom-Based Enquiry in A-Level Mathematics

The module develops the skills associated with small-scale, classroom-based research methods to enable teachers to explore an aspect of teaching and learning around one mathematical topic in their own classroom. Building on an understanding of research methods gained from existing literature, the module will examine alternative pedagogies in A-Level Mathematics, assessment, the role of optional modules (such as statistics, decision and mechanics) in developing mathematical understanding, as well as methodological ideas such as action research. The module is assessed by a presentation on a chosen classroom-based enquiry topic (33%) and a written report of the methods and findings of the enquiry project (67%).

Who will teach me?

Bernard Murphy is the MEI Programme Leader for CPD. After 11 years in the classroom, in England and, through VSO, in Tanzania, he joined MEI in 2003 to set up the TAM programme at the University of Warwick. Most of his work now involves CPD related to the Mathematics A-Level. In addition, he was recently involved in a European Project 'Awareness of Big Ideas in the Mathematics Classroom', carries out reviews of whole Mathematics departments, regularly presents master classes to primary and secondary school pupils, has been an A-Level principal examiner and is an author of textbooks.

Mike Ollerton is mainly responsible for supporting teachers through the two Master's modules. Mike has worked on Master's programmes since 1998 in Cumbria (formerly St. Martin's, Lancaster), Warwick )from 2011) and more recently in Durham (2012).He has 20+ years of secondary school Mathematics teaching and is passionate about seeking ways to make the learning of Mathematics accessible and understandable. Since 2006, Mike has been a freelance consultant, working with may schools and running courses focusing on problem solving and investigative approaches. He is a long term member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.

James Frost is a member of the Durham University team that works alongside MEI in offering the TAM programme. His primary role resides within the practical teaching element of the course and thus, he is responsible for ensuring that the ideals and philosophy of the programme are evident within the classrooms of TAM students. James has 20 years' experience as a teacher and educator, working on BA, B.Ed and PGCE programmes both in the UK and overseas (St. Lucia). Currently studying for a doctoral qualification, James is particularly interested in the use of ICT in Mathematics classrooms, especially the role of multiple representational environments in developing mathematical understanding.

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The course is workshop based so that you have the opportunity to participate actively in each and every session. A variety of teaching approaches are considered for use in the classroom including problem solving, investigational work and the use of Information Technology. Read more
The course is workshop based so that you have the opportunity to participate actively in each and every session. A variety of teaching approaches are considered for use in the classroom including problem solving, investigational work and the use of Information Technology. Initially, you will concentrate on how to plan lessons and how to incorporate variety in to your teaching. A key aspect of the course is the opportunity to develop your teaching so as to cater for the different learning styles of pupils.

The National Curriculum is a major focus of the course and is examined in detail so that you are well prepared for your first teaching post.

A variety of schools are visited so that you encounter several different environments and your experience is as wide as possible.

Course assignments are directly related to your teaching practice so that they are helpful and relevant.

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The University of Northampton is passionate about transforming children’s lives and inspiring change. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist programme has the ambitious target of ensuring that every school in our region has access to a teacher trained at Masters level. Read more
The University of Northampton is passionate about transforming children’s lives and inspiring change. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist programme has the ambitious target of ensuring that every school in our region has access to a teacher trained at Masters level.

The programme is a two-year Masters level course through which participating teachers extend their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics and related pedagogy, and develop the skills to support other colleagues in mathematics. The University of Northampton has been successfully leading the programme across a wide range of local authorities since 2009, with over 640 successful graduates.

This course is for serving teachers and aims to transform teaching and learning in mathematics. Each teacher develops their own subject and pedagogical knowledge. No pre-existing specialist knowledge of mathematics is assumed, so this course is suitable for all teachers of primary mathematics. Within this course there is a strong focus on promoting reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics. This course will provide teachers with the professional recognition of specialist teacher of mathematics and enhance confidence in teaching and leading the subject. Teachers currently on the programme have found it rewarding and stimulating.

Course content

The course provides Masters level professional development for teachers in the curriculum area of mathematics. The content is focused on developing connectionist pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in primary mathematics. This programme is especially relevant since it focuses on developing aspects such as fluency, reasoning and mastery that reflects current government agendas. The aims of the course provide opportunities for the teachers to:
-Broaden and deepen mathematics subject and pedagogical knowledge through critically analysing the connections and structures within mathematics.
-Deepen understanding of how pupils develop understanding of mathematics through analysing mathematical thinking and reasoning with a range of pedagogical approaches.
-Critically analyse and evaluate their own and their pupils’ learning of mathematical thinking and reasoning.
-Develop professional collaborative and leadership skills using a peer coaching approach to improve teaching and learning of mathematics in their school.
-Further develop leadership skills by undertaking a whole-schoold evelopment project to improve a particular aspect of mathematics teaching and learning within their own school.

Course modules (16/17)

-Subject and Pedagogical Knowledge in the Teaching of algebra and geometry
-Subject and Pedagogical Knowledge in the Teaching of number, calculation, measures and data handling

Methods of Learning

The course covers several methods of study which include:
-Face-to-face university-led tutition delivered through two residential weekend events. (These are included in the tuition fees for the accomodation and meals) Regular local network meetings each year.
-Autonomous learning is an important aspect of masters level study. This is achieved through work at the University and at school including: directed mathematical tasks pedagogical research.
-Engagement with online materials such as library resources.
-Engagement with online discussions and face to face discussions.
-Analytical and critical approaches to relating theory to practice with particular reference to work in school.

Schedule

-Teaching activities, workshops and seminars, online tutorial and support: 30 study hours
-Directed tasks and network sessions: 50 study hours
-Directed reading: 50 study hours
-Self-directed study: 70 study hours
-Assessment activity: 100 study hours

The teaching activities and workshops are achieved mainly through two weekend residential events each year (making four weekends altogether). For 2016-17 the first two residential weekends are on 5th/6th November 2016 and 4th/5th March 2017.

Assessments

The first year of the programme has two assignments. The first is a reflective discussion of your own mathematical learning with an activity, which you then relate to children’s learning for the same activity. The second assignment is a small project to coach or mentor a colleague within school. For this assignment you will reflect on the impact on teaching and learning for the colleague but also on your own development as a leader of mathematics in school.

The second year has one assignment. This is a small-scale research project that develops an aspect of mathematics across your school. You will use and reflect upon approaches to teaching and learning from the course to improve an aspect of mathematics in your own school. You will also present your whole-school project with a small presentation at the final network meeting. For all of the assignments you will receive personal tutorials and feedback on draft assignments.

Facilities and Special Features

The key feature of this course, and the main reason for its success, is that this programme provides a direct impact upon teaching and learning across the whole school. While this is continuing professional development for one teacher, there is a process of enabling the teacher to lead change in mathematics teaching across the whole school.

Careers

This programme allows teachers to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in mathematics specialist teaching. It has enabled teachers to gain recognition as excellent teachers and leaders of primary mathematics teaching and learning. Some teachers have progressed and gained employment specifically as leaders of mathematics in schools. Others have set up their own companies producing teaching and learning resources based on the principles of the programme. Some teachers have also gained further modules towards a full masters degree. This year some of the first graduates of this programme will be receiving their Masters Degree in Mathematics Education.

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This programme enables students to improve their mathematics teaching at primary level, take a lead in their school in mathematics education, gain a deep knowledge of mathematics from Foundation Stage up to Key Stage 3, assess children’s learning, and gain 90 ‘M’ level credits to put towards a Master’s degree. Read more
This programme enables students to improve their mathematics teaching at primary level, take a lead in their school in mathematics education, gain a deep knowledge of mathematics from Foundation Stage up to Key Stage 3, assess children’s learning, and gain 90 ‘M’ level credits to put towards a Master’s degree.

Degree information

This programme aims to develop students’ knowledge and methods of teaching and learning mathematics. It will prepare participants to play a leading role in supporting their colleagues in developing their mathematics teaching. The programme covers topics such as algebra, geometry, fractions, early counting, and working with colleagues.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits).

Core Modules:
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Mathematics and Pedagogy
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Theory into Practice
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Whole School Issues

Options:
-There are no optional modules on this programme.

Dissertation/report

Teaching and Learning:
The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face sessions and activities to be carried out in school between sessions. Assessment is through written assignments and a portfolio of work, including a reflective essay.

Fees notes

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Postgraduate Certificate's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

There are a number of scholarships available that are relevant to this department. For more information please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-primary-mathematics-specialist-teaching-mast

For a comprehensive list of the fundingopportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

English Language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.

Careers

The Williams report identifies the Mathematics Specialist Teacher as someone who, in partnership with the senior leadership team, will share the "responsibility and planning for improving, strengthening and developing mathematics teaching and learning within the school". For a Mathematics Specialist Teacher working in a cluster or federation of small schools, this may involve fulfilling this role more widely.

Employability

On successful completion of the programme, the Mathematics Specialist Teacher will have deep mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge that informs and is informed by their own practice through study, analysis and research. They will have developed the collaborative, practice-transfer skills needed to work with colleagues across the school to develop their subject and pedagogical knowledge and to implement improvements in the teaching and learning of mathematics for all children in the school.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education has developed an internationally recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department provides opportunities for specialist study of early years and primary education in initial teacher education and at postgraduate and doctoral levels. It also offers and hosts a range of events including research seminars and conferences in the field.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within UCL Institute of Education.

Application and next steps

Applications:
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?
The programme is designed for fully qualified teachers working either full- or part-time at primary level or in an early years setting (including special needs schools or pupil referral units) in the UK.

Applicants are normally expected to be:
-enthusiastic about and committed to developing the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a Mathematics Specialist Teacher
-well placed to lead imprrovements in the teaching and learning of mathematics in their school and have a good working relationship with the school's leadership team
-prepared to undertake personal, extended professional learning activities, maintain a professional learning log and undertake professional development tasks that will involve them carrying out in-school support to colleagues.

Application deadlines: 29 July 2016

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
-why you want to study Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching at graduate level
-why you want to study … at UCL
-what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
-how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
-where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

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This course will train you to become a physics and mathematics teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE and A level. Read more
This course will train you to become a physics and mathematics teacher across the 11-16 or 11-18 age range. It will prepare you to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE and A level. Completion of this 10 month course leads to both a postgraduate qualification and qualified teacher status (QTS).

The physics with mathematics combination is now firmly established as an alternative to the traditional combination of physics, biology and chemistry in a teacher training course. Physics with mathematics trainees focus on the two highly valued subjects of physics and mathematics and being qualified to teach both these shortage subjects will increase your employability.

The course combines master's level academic study of physics and mathematics education with a range of school experiences. Approximately two-thirds of your time will be spent in our partnership schools and colleges developing your practical teaching skills with the support of trained mentors and experienced teachers. When on placement, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of an experienced science teacher mentor, improving your skills in planning, teaching and assessment.

Throughout the course you will learn:
-How to develop the confidence and competence of all pupils in thinking scientifically.
-How to teach and assess pupils' understanding of the different branches of science.
-How to help pupils to develop as independent and collaborative learners.
-How to use practical exercises, ICT and `the real world' in the teaching of science.

Aims

We will prepare you to help your pupils develop their capabilities in all aspects of scientific practice, such as: observing; experimenting; measuring; testing; creative thinking; reasoning; calculating; planning; arguing; and critiquing.

The University part of the course will enable you to reflect on teaching learning and pedagogy as well as encouraging you to observe how children learn. University sessions will include:
-Science subject knowledge and pedagogy
-Misconceptions in science
-The role of group work and classroom talk in the science classroom
-The national curriculum and current debates in science education
-Planning lessons
-Assessment for learning
-Differentiation
-Managing pupil behavior
-Keeping records and using data to support pupils' progress

Teaching and learning

The structure of our PGCEs includes both school-based and University-based learning. On our secondary PGCEs, around two thirds of your time will be spent in secondary schools, academies or colleges on placements. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.

A wide range of teaching methods are incorporated into the course, including: seminars; lectures; group discussion; practical workshops; trainee-led presentations; and peer review. Peer observations of lessons will enable you to participate actively in your own and your fellow students' development as teachers. You will be encouraged to use similarly active and well-principled approaches in your own science labs and classrooms. You will be provided with a significant amount of responsibility to develop your own teaching style, set targets, take your own initiatives and evaluate your own work in planning, teaching and assessing. You will also need to undertake self-directed study in the evenings and weekends, such as background reading, creating lesson plans and completing written assignments.
Teaching on our secondary science PGCEs is enhanced by the contribution of a small team of experienced teachers who work alongside PGCE tutors on school visits and in University sessions, plus visitors from exam boards and from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics and the Society of Biology. Some sessions are run jointly with the University's science departments to benefit fully from the resources of the University, and with Manchester Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

The course is a partnership between the University and schools and colleges drawn from a wide area, including Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Deeside, Lancashire, Manchester, Merseyside, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Staffordshire, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan. In your placement schools and colleges, you will observe and teach classes under the guidance of experienced subject mentors.

Career opportunities

On completion of your PGCE and being granted qualified teaching status (QTS), you will work for a year as a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We keep in touch with our former students and continue to support them throughout their NQT year.

A Secondary Physics with Mathematics PGCE from The University of Manchester is a valued qualification regionally, nationally and internationally. You will be given clear direction, advice and support when making applications for teaching posts and our employment rates are consistently high. 88% of our secondary science PGCE 2013 graduates were in a teaching post within six months of completing their course.

Qualified teachers undertake continuous professional development throughout their career, both to maintain the latest subject knowledge and teaching techniques, and if desired, to facilitate progression into leadership and management positions. A PGCE qualification counts as 60 of the 180 credits required for a master's degree and The University of Manchester offers a part-time MA in Educational Leadership should you wish to continue your professional development by completing a master's in the future.

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The PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics (11-16 or 11-18) course consists of a variety of learning experiences designed for those wishing to train as teachers. Read more
The PGCE Secondary Physics with Mathematics (11-16 or 11-18) course consists of a variety of learning experiences designed for those wishing to train as teachers. The majority of the course focuses upon practical training in teaching and learning related skills. This practical training is underpinned by the development of participants knowledge and understanding of education theories, ideas and concepts and by enhancing their awareness of current educational issues and developments. The Secondary course prepares graduates to teach the National Curriculum and related national strategies, GCSE, AS and A2 level. For the purposes of gaining Qualified Teacher Status, trainees focus upon the 11-16 age range. Learning takes place through a number of school and university based elements. There will be extended periods of school experience which will provide opportunities to work in a Primary setting and to teach in at least two different Secondary Schools. A total of approximately 25 weeks during the PGCE will be spent experiencing and working in different types of School.

Our School Direct routes involve joint selection of candidates by Schools and University tutors. When choosing a School Direct route, applicants should identify the particular arrangement that the School Direct Lead School has made for delivery of School Direct with the University of Manchester as these will involve different patterns of training. Applicants should also clarify the 'expectations' to employ by the Lead School.

Scholarships and bursaries

Physics trainees may be able to apply for a scholarship of £25,000 through the Institute of Physics (IOP).

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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics has an international reputation for conducting high quality research. Postgraduate students account for a substantial part of the School's research effort, demonstrating the quality of the research standards in the School and the importance with which the School views the development and training of its postgraduate research students.

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We welcome educational practitioners from science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing, from all phases of education and work place training on our STEM Masters course. Read more
We welcome educational practitioners from science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing, from all phases of education and work place training on our STEM Masters course. The STEM Masters course will consider the development of conceptual understanding generic to all the STEM subjects, whilst developing expertise within a specialist aspect. This course will challenge students to think deeply about their own professional contexts and settings, their place and role within this, and the possibilities for development, change, and generating practice knowledge and innovations. We will engage critically with the research that informs thinking about learning and classroom practice in the STEM subjects. We will examine the place of practical experience and the use of problem solving in real life contexts in developing pedagogical approaches. Students will look at how belief systems are established and at some of the counter-intuitive ideas that learners need to confront within the STEM subjects. We will consider the importance of developing positive attitudes in learners and explore the strategies involved in the successful management of change within institutions. Course members will also consider the role of the STEM subjects in all aspects of wider society.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Features and benefits of the course

-An expert team of tutors working across the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing
-Masters level continuing professional development tailored for your own context, priorities and interests, drawing on multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
-Offers an opportunity to work with those engaged in STEM education subject disciplines at various levels and to develop a shared understanding of STEM education as an inter-disciplinary and applied approach
-Places enquiry and purpose at the heart of professional practice
-Flexible award structure and three starting points (October, February, June)
-Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community
-Course design and delivery to fit with busy work, and other, commitments
-Possibility of accrediting prior experiential learning (APEL)
-Masters level credits from other courses, subject to certain conditions

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We will help you develop new ways of teaching maths and create stimulating learning environments using teaching methods developed in countries with high achieving maths students. Read more
We will help you develop new ways of teaching maths and create stimulating learning environments using teaching methods developed in countries with high achieving maths students.

A key part of your training will be learning how to use geometric tools and devices to teach mathematics, as well as the effective use of interactive white boards and online maths resources. You will also learn how to use traditional textbooks to devise your own teaching resources that will meet the needs of your pupils, regardless of their ability.

We will teach you to think outside of the box when considering how to make mathematics an interesting and relevant subject for your pupils. For example, you will be encouraged to organise external visits to help your pupils understand how maths is used in the real world and to stimulate their interest and excitement in solving mathematical problems.

Aside from developing your ability to teach, you will also hone your communication and interpersonal skills. You will be able to instil confidence in your pupils so they can achieve their potential, and you will learn how to motivate support staff so they can help you deliver outstanding lessons.

This course is offered through our University.

You will develop your theoretical knowledge at our Headingley Campus, which offers a superb learning environment, modern facilities and excellent resources. Your learning will be informed by the very latest research and the expertise of our supportive teaching staff. We will organise your extensive school placements so you can apply your knowledge in a classroom setting and your placements will be timetabled to fit with your taught seminars on campus.

To view our full range of PGCEs, and for more information, please visit our teacher training pages (http://leedsbeckett.ac.uk/teach).

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/PGCE_mathematics

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Completing this course will enable you to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. Subject to ratification by the Department for Education, you will then be qualified as a secondary school teacher, with a specialism in maths.

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training and you'll find an experienced course team ready to bring out your potential as an innovative teacher of maths. You will become part of a supportive teaching community, learning from fellow students and sharing ideas on lesson plans, classroom experiences and teaching tips.

Helping you develop your confidence, identity and teaching style through a critically reflective approach to your practice will be a core element of your course.

To prepare you for your course, you will have the opportunity to attend a residential, where you will meet your tutors and fellow trainees, start to build your support networks and discover how the outdoors can be used to inspire your lessons.

You will gain substantial training in a school environment. Many of the partnership schools are located in and around Leeds, so your travelling will be limited and you will have more time to prepare your lessons. You will complete three teaching placements in at least two contrasting environments, receiving intensive support from your school mentor and University tutors.

You will benefit from the practical experience and theoretical knowledge of your lecturers. Many were school teachers and are now active in educational research.

We will provide on-going training for all newly qualified teachers. On successful completion of your course, you will be able to enrol on our Newly Qualified Teacher module, offering you another important element of support and guidance as you start your teaching career.

There's lots of support available to help you fund your teaching training. Depending on your degree class, the subject you want to teach and the training programme you follow, you could be eligible for a bursary, a scholarship or even a salary.

For more information, visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/bursaries-and-funding).

Dr Tom Dobson

Senior Lecturer

"Training to teach at Leeds Beckett University gives you the best of both worlds. On campus, you will benefit from the expertise of our published academics; in schools and settings, you will learn from outstanding partner teachers."

Having taught English in secondary schools as well as undertaking writing projects in local primary schools, Tom completed his PhD which focused on boys’ writing during the transition stage from primary to secondary school. His thesis was recently published by Sense Academic Publishers.

Facilities

- School Practice Collection
Our School Practice Collection offers a wide range of journals, electronic resources and equipment selected specifically to help you prepare for your teaching practice.

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, our Library has got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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