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This diploma course offers an additional qualification for functional skills/numeracy teachers who have already undertaken an initial teaching qualification. Read more
This diploma course offers an additional qualification for functional skills/numeracy teachers who have already undertaken an initial teaching qualification. It is also appropriate for teachers of other subjects who wish to teach numeracy.

The course provides a framework for teachers to complete a Christ Church University diploma and meets the requirements for functional skills/numeracy teachers working in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

There is an emphasis on allowing teachers to develop their knowledge of issues in functional skills/ numeracy through relevant academic study and interaction with other course members.

On most courses participants are drawn for a wide range of professional settings, so you'll learn from the experiences of your peers and expand your professional network.

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/teaching-mathematics.aspx

Course detail

The main focus of the course is on working with teachers of functional skills/numeracy or those training to be teachers, to enhance and develop their subject knowledge. Students attend a course lasting approximately 50 taught hours.

• Numeracy and the Learners
• Understand the roles of mathematics and numeracy in the world at large
• Develop knowledge of the effects of learner backgrounds and needs on numeracy and mathematics learning
• Developing Numeracy Knowledge and Understanding
• Understand the origins and status of mathematical knowledge and the effect on mathematics curriculum development
• Develop learners' mathematics and numeracy in a range of settings and contexts
• Numeracy Teaching and Learning
• Plan mathematics and numeracy-related module outlines and lessons considering learner needs, curriculum requirements, diversity and equality of opportunity
• Select, develop and use appropriate resources for mathematics/ numeracy learning, including ICT where appropriate

Throughout each module you're encouraged to develop your subject knowledge and adopt appropriate approaches to mathematics and numeracy teaching.

Assessment

Assessment is through written assignments and four observed lessons.

What can I do next?

Completion of the diploma in addition to a recognised teaching qualification allows Numeracy teachers to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. Read more
This programme leads to initial teaching qualifications for those who intend to teach in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations. The programme covers the skills needed for teaching and classroom management and helps students to explore the theory underpinning teaching and learning. The core programme takes place in a placement college. Student teachers complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience during the programme. In Phase 1, you will be attached to a placement college of further education or similar institution for three days a week to observe teaching and undertake teaching in your subject area. You will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as your tutor at the university. You will attend the university for the remaining two days of the week. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this phase. In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week to complete your teaching practice and to participate fully in a range of professional activities. You will attend the university for the remaining day of the week.

The aims of the programme are:

- To enable trainees to develop knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and processes in light of a range of learning theories, as well as equipping them with the pedagogical skills needed to teach numeracy in the lifelong learning sector.

- To review and analyse innovative approaches to the teaching of mathematical thinking and processes, strategies for dealing with errors and misconceptions, and resources and activities for inclusive mathematics teaching and learning across a range of contexts and embedded models.

- To use theories of learning to reflect on and evaluate your own numeracy learning and teaching.

- To plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies that generate enthusiasm for mathematics and challenge and empower your learners.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edll/numpgce

Education - Lifelong Learning Sector

Our lifelong learning programmes leads to teaching qualifications for those who would like to qualify or are already teaching in further education colleges, sixth-form colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, healthcare or community organisations, the public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Course content

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 5)
Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 5) (30 credits)
Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (30 credits)
Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 6) (30 credits)
Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 6) (30 credits)
Numeracy and the Learners (15 credits)
Improving Numeracy Knowledge, Understanding and Practice (15 credits)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Professional Development Portfolio Part 1 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 6)
Professional Development Portfolio Part 2 – Numeracy Specialism (Level 6) (30 credits)
Theories of Learning, Behaviour and Inclusion (Level 6) (30 credits)
Policy and Curriculum Issues (Level 7) (30 credits)
Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 7) (30 credits)
Numeracy and the Learners (15 credits)
Improving Numeracy Knowledge, Understanding and Practice (15 credits)

Fees

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Assessment

The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.

Career options

Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in the lifelong learning sector.

Find out about the teaching and learning outcomes here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/645491/Lifelong-Learning-PGCE.pdf

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Numeracy) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of basic skills education. Read more
The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (Numeracy) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of basic skills education.

This flexible course will support your professional development and enhance your career prospects by adding to your existing knowledge in the field. It includes the study of government policies and initiatives on adult numeracy, key theoretical issues that have an impact on adult numeracy provision, the history of adult numeracy provision and approaches to numeracy.

In addition, studying on a masters course at the University of Bolton will help you to further develop career-enhancing skills including research, oral and written presentations, independent working and time and project management skills.

What you will learn

The course will enhance your existing knowledge of the field of numeracy and mathematics education by critical analysis of government policy in this area.

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and observations as basic skills practitioners and will research, critique and analyse UK and international policy in numeracy and mathematics education.

You will also increase your knowledge of the historical development of numeracy provision and the impact of policy decisions on standards and achievement. The course will give you the opportunity to debate and analyse cultural origins in order to establish what impact these have on achievement and enjoyment of numeracy and mathematics.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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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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Ofsted rated Grade 2. Good in 2010, this nationally-recognised award is endorsed by Standards Verification UK (SVUK), and provides teacher education geared towards the post-compulsory sector (16+). Read more
Ofsted rated Grade 2: Good in 2010, this nationally-recognised award is endorsed by Standards Verification UK (SVUK), and provides teacher education geared towards the post-compulsory sector (16+).

It helps you develop the knowledge, skills and attributes identified within the LLUK Standards for Teaching and Supporting Learning.

This is a full-time pathway for graduates or applicants with an equivalent professional qualification. It is designed for applicants who wish to teach Adult Basic Skills, Numeracy. We expect you to have a relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. ‘A’ level Maths. Some experience of Basic Skills teaching in further education, normally gained by visiting your local FE college and a relevant degree would also be ideal.

It offers initial teacher education for those who wish to be employed in a variety of post-16 educational and training establishments and will eventually enable the holder to submit evidence for Professional Formation and QTLS status once registered with the Institute For Learning (IfL). It is not therefore an appropriate training course for applicants who wish to teach in primary or secondary schools. It does not confer qualified teacher status (QTS) and does not provide the participant with a DFES number.

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This programme is specifically to train teachers wanting to teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings. Read more
This programme is specifically to train teachers wanting to teach in education and training sector educational settings, such as further education colleges, and adult and community settings. Due to government changes, if you complete this award you may also be able to gain employment in a secondary school setting, particularly in the post-14 age range - subject to the completion of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Course details

Demand for places on this course is very high, so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.The programme is delivered full time and part time. The full-time programme is a pre-service award for those intending to teach in the sector and is offered at Teesside University Middlesbrough campus, Darlington College and Stockton Riverside College. The full-time award, delivered at Stockton Riverside College, is specifically for those wanting to be adult literacy or numeracy specialists.The part-time award is offered at Darlington College, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Middlesbrough College, Redcar & Cleveland College, and Stockton Riverside College. The part-time programme is available as an in-service award if you are currently employed in teaching or training in the sector. If you are not in a paid teaching post, a pre-service part-time route is available but you must be able to find your own teaching practice. We promote the values of reflective practice, equality of opportunity, inclusiveness and learner autonomy. Both full-time and part-time routes cover a range of topics including planning and assessment, theories and principles for enabling learning, curriculum design and development plus being a professional in the sector. You study specialist modules if you choose to follow the literacy or numeracy subject-specialist programme. Your award title on qualification will also reflect your chosen specialist route rather than the generic award title.

Professional accreditation

This qualification meets the national units of assessment and overarching professional standards. It also meets the national requirements for practitioners carrying out the full teaching role.

On completion of the full award, you will have met the national requirements for the Diploma in Education and Training and will be in a position to apply for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS). Please note this course does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course is Ofsted inspected.

What you study

You study a range of modules that takes you from preparing to teach through to more advanced practice skills. You also study issues affecting the education and training educational sector, such as educational policy, quality assurance, and your own personal and professional development needs.

If you are studying a subject-specialist award, there are modules that develop your subject knowledge and understanding as well as modules that focus on how you develop this into subject-specialist pedagogy in your teaching practice.

All programmes are mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training – England (The Education and Training Foundation) and are in line with national requirements for Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education and Training, and Diploma in Education and Training. These are referred to throughout your progression through the programme, as they are the occupational standards used throughout the sector.

Core modules (all awards)
-Educational Theories and Concepts
-Extending Approaches to Learning and Teaching
-Introduction to Learning and Teaching
-Learning and Teaching in the Specialist Subject
-Theory and Policy in Education

Core modules (Adult Literacy Specialist award only)
-Concepts and Learning in Literacy
-Learning and Teaching in Literacy
-Theories and Frameworks in Literacy

Core modules (Adult Numeracy Specialist award only)
-Concepts and Learning in Numeracy
-Learning and Teaching in Numeracy
-Theories and Frameworks in Numeracy

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

Generally you are taught through seminars, lectures and workshops. A range of specialist tutors contribute to your lecture and seminar sessions – these are supported through our virtual learning environment where you access a range of resources to support course activities.

The course has a substantial element of teaching practice – vital to your learning and development as a practitioner. In addition, you are encouraged to develop your teaching skills by observing experienced practitioners, using simulations and/or training classes, and by watching good practice videos.

Your practice mentor supports your time on placement and helps you develop reflective practice skills as an aid to your learning and professional development. The course also helps develop your employability skills. You develop an individual learning portfolio which holistically tracks your development over the programme with specific reference to your academic and teaching skills.

Typically you are assessed by a combination of written assessments, reflective teaching journals, teaching portfolios, and observations of your teaching practice.

At the end of the year there is a compulsory (assessed) student conference where you work with fellow subject specialists. If you are already in employment you must make arrangements to attend.

Employability

You must complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching practice in an appropriate teaching environment. If studying part time these practice hours are split into 40 hours in Year 1 and 60 hours in Year 2.

At your teaching practice a placement mentor supports you with orientation with the school/college and beginning your teaching ideas. This mentor also helps you transfer your knowledge from theory to practice, observes your practice and gives you formative and summative feedback towards module outcomes.

Appropriate careers are in the full teaching role in learning and skills sector educational contexts. Our graduate employment record is very good. Students go on to work in a variety of professions including further education colleges and training organisations.

Some students gain employment in secondary schools or higher education. Other students have taken the opportunity to further their studies on relevant continuing professional development or masters’ courses at the University.

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This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested). Read more
This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including A Level within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested).

The programme has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the national curriculum. Numeracy skills are a key priority within the National Curriculum across all subjects so you will be involved in offering numeracy-support sessions to other students within the university. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to gain additional work experience.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

The course is split into a number of modules, each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Mathematics to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of Mathematics on learning.

You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

The course will involve concept and skill development in all aspects of Mathematics. You will be expected to work together in groups to present seminars such as ICT in Mathematics, A level topics and research into mathematical misconceptions.

Other aspects of the course include the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and as a Mathematics PGCE student you will be expected to lead support sessions on Numeracy to the whole Secondary PGCE cohort. There are also opportunities to teach and be involved with Further Mathematics A Level teaching and also to be involved in Mathematics master classes with local Year 9 pupils, both in conjunction with Swansea University.

The PGCE Mathematics room is well equipped with internet-linked computers and a networked interactive whiteboard. There is good access to other ICT suites for timetabled sessions and plentiful open access to ICT facilities for trainees.

The PGCE Mathematics course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances; however, trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.

Key Features

It is available with English and Welsh medium student provision using long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and colleges.

Most importantly we have the best employment rate throughout Wales.

The course has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the world of education. It is taught by highly respected tutors who have considerable knowledge within their field and chosen specialism.

The course is challenging, but motivating and invigorating, combining practical strategies and skills with academic enquiry and theory.

There are opportunities to investigate areas of specialist interest.

The course is split between university and professional teaching practice, with approximately 12 weeks and occasional days and 24 weeks split between two placements. The weeks at University are designed in such a way that you experience lead lectures both with your own subject area and with students from different subject areas in order to have an insight about how a particular issue relates to different specialist subjects. These may be given by University Staff or by guest lecturers with specialist expertise.

There are also plenty of opportunities where your experience can be enhanced such as involvement with the Further Mathematics scheme, Year 9 Mathematics Masterclasses, numeracy support sessions and expert speakers from local schools and exam boards.

Within the newly designed course if you are achieving your QTS early it is envisaged that should you wish to take the opportunity you can arrange a fortnight placement at an establishment of your choice within the Secondary or 14-19 sector. This will enable you to observe, experience a specialist area that you may wish to pursue. It could include special needs schools, independent schools and training establishments. This opportunity is likely to increase your experience and employability.

The University offers excellent support to trainees in seeking their first posts. Participants are trained in interview techniques. There is also a large and popular annual Teaching Employment Fair in January.

The employment rate for the course is one of the best in Wales and many graduates of the course are now Heads of Department or Senior Teachers and act as Mentors for the programme.

Assessment

The course comprises of 120 credits, 40 of which are at Masters level and is assessed by a combination of written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience.

The assignments are a combination of level 6 and level 7 assignments and are designed to combine practical teaching strategies and academic enquiry.

The Professional teaching practice is assess through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the Qualified Teacher Standards.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Maths graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: City and County of Swansea, Merhyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Aldworth School (Basingstoke), Cwmtawe Community School (Swansea), Pontypridd High School (Pontypridd), Burnham Grammar School (Slough), Llangatwg Comprehensive School (Neath), Downham Market Academy (Norfolk), Ysgol Gyfun Gwmraeg Llangynwd (Bridgend), Lingfield Notre Dame School (Surrey), Eastern High School (Cardiff) and Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School (Caerphilly).

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This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including GCSE and ICT at KS3 within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested). Read more
This one year full-time programme equips trainees to teach Mathematics up to and including GCSE and ICT at KS3 within the secondary sector (including Welsh medium if requested).

This programme refreshes and extends students' mathematical and ICT knowledge and provides opportunity to make a difference to young people's lives and aspirations.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

The course is split into a number of modules, each designed to give you all the skills you need to teach within the secondary sector. You will study various styles of teaching Mathematics and ICT to pupils, including lesson planning, resource preparation and selection, teaching approaches for examination courses, class management and control, assessment of attainment, and the impact of Mathematics and ICT on learning.

You will be assisted in developing the range of your specialist knowledge and skills to cover all the content required for the National Curriculum at key stage three, GCSE at key stage Four and GCE 'A' level at key stage five and equivalent vocational courses.

The course will involve concept and skill development in all aspects of Mathematics and ICT. You will be expected to work together in groups to present seminars such as ICT in Mathematics, A level topics and research into mathematical misconceptions.

Other aspects of the course include the Literacy and Numeracy Framework and as a Mathematics PGCE student you will be expected to lead support sessions on Numeracy to the whole Secondary PGCE cohort. There are also opportunities to teach and be involved with Further Mathematics A Level teaching and also to be involved in Mathematics Masterclasses with local Year 9 pupils, both in conjunction with Swansea University.

The PGCE Mathematics room is well equipped with internet-linked computers and a networked interactive whiteboard. There is good access to other ICT suites for timetabled sessions and plentiful open access to ICT facilities for trainees. At University you will receive specialist sessions in ICT as well as Mathematics.

The PGCE Mathematics with ICT course uses partner schools and colleges across South Wales. Placements are decided after consultations between mentors, subject tutors and the Programme Director. All placements will be found within realistic commuting distances; however, trainees are expected to be prepared to travel to placements.

Key Features

It is available with English and Welsh medium student provision using long established English and Welsh medium partnership schools and colleges.

Most importantly we have the best employment rate throughout Wales.

The course has recently been updated to reflect contemporary issues and changes within the world of education. It is taught by highly respected tutors who have considerable knowledge within their field and chosen specialism.

The course is challenging, but motivating and invigorating, combining practical strategies and skills with academic enquiry and theory.

There are opportunities to investigate areas of specialist interest.

The course is split between university and professional teaching practice, with approximately 12 weeks and occasional days and 24 weeks split between two placements. The weeks at University are designed in such a way that you experience lead lectures both with your own subject area and with students from different subject areas in order to have an insight about how a particular issue relates to different specialist subjects. These may be given by University Staff or by guest lecturers with specialist expertise.

There are also plenty of opportunities where your experience can be enhanced such as involvement with the Further Mathematics scheme, Year 9 Mathematics Masterclasses, numeracy support sessions and expert speakers from local schools and exam boards.

Within the newly designed course if you are achieving your QTS early it is envisaged that should you wish to take the opportunity you can arrange a fortnight placement at an establishment of your choice within the Secondary or 14-19 sector. This will enable you to observe, experience a specialist area that you may wish to pursue. It could include special needs schools, independent schools and training establishments. This opportunity is likely to increase your experience and employability.

The University offers excellent support to trainees in seeking their first posts. Participants are trained in interview techniques. There is also a large and popular annual Teaching Employment Fair in January.

The employment rate for the course is one of the best in Wales and many graduates of the course are now Heads of Department or Senior Teachers and act as Mentors for the programme.

Assessment

The course comprises of 120 credits, 40 of which are at Masters level and is assessed by a combination of written assignments and Professional Teaching Experience.

The assignments are a combination of level 6 and level 7 assignments and are designed to combine practical teaching strategies and academic enquiry.

The Professional teaching practice is assess through teaching observations by both experienced placement mentors and university tutors against the Qualified Teacher Standards.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Maths with ICT graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to: City and County of Swansea, Merhyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Aldworth School (Basingstoke), Cwmtawe Community School (Swansea), Pontypridd High School (Pontypridd), Burnham Grammar School (Slough), Llangatwg Comprehensive School (Neath), Downham Market Academy (Norfolk), Ysgol Gyfun Gwmraeg Llangynwd (Bridgend), Lingfield Notre Dame School (Surrey), Eastern High School (Cardiff) and Pontllanfraith Comprehensive School (Caerphilly).

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The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. Read more
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary school and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

MFL is a national shortage subject and government priority with training bursaries available and this course has an excellent reputation. There is a growing need for high-calibre language teachers and as such our trainees are very employable. Where appropriate, sessions are conducted in the relevant target language. We welcome applications from native speakers.

We offer specialisms in French, German, Mandarin and Spanish. Subject to confirmation of DfE funding, we usually run Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses as part of the PGCE. These will be identified at interview for applicants who need support learning a second language and confirmed with a PGCE place offer.

Trainees take a course of supporting study, including English as an additional language (EAL) and special educational needs (SEN).
A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy:
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Faculty of Education offer support sessions to help applicants prepare for tests, but tests must be booked externally, further details at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

Special Features

• State-of-the-art teaching facilities at our Brooks building in Manchester
• Experience in a diverse range of schools and colleges
• Choice of University led, School Direct or Assessment Only routes to Qualified Teacher Status
• Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses available (subject to DfE funding and eligibility)
• Opportunity to undertake course enrichment overseas
• Course includes 60 Masters Level CATS points, or one third of a Masters degree
• Access to NQT alumni support in your first year of teaching
• Close links with our Educational and Social Research Institute

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The Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education) provides you with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which will enable you to meet the NQT standards it is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education) provides you with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which will enable you to meet the NQT standards it is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers.

Both programmes aim to link theory with course participants’ own practice so that real benefits will be felt by both Newly Qualified Teachers and their schools.

Key Course Features

-Wrexham Glyndŵr University works in partnership with employers, related organisations and agencies. It works closely with schools, FE colleges and local education authorities to offer comprehensive CPD opportunities for teachers. These partnerships are central in ensuring that all programmes are fit for purpose and provide the highest possibility of employment and career progression.
-This course is designed in partnership with local education authorities, professional agencies and leading consultants.
-These courses will enhance your practice and strengthen your link between teaching and research.

What Will You Study?

The course is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers and is accredited by the University of Wales. Participants are required to study and achieve 60 credits in order to gain the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education). The Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education) is made up of a number of different modules which may be grouped together.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education)
-The Reflective Practitioner
-Learning from Teaching
-Positive Behaviour Management

Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education)
-Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
-Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
-Leading and Managing Staff
-Classroom Observation
-Mentoring in Practice
-Action Research for School Improvement
-Working together for School Effectiveness
-Pedagogy for Wales in the 21st Century
-Developing thinking and assessment for learning
-Transition
-Y Curriculum Cymreig
-Inclusion/SEN
-Education, Citizenship and Critical Thinking
-Techniquest – Numeracy and Problem Solving
-Techniquest – The Development of Thinking Skills
-Techniquest – Sustainability, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
-Physical Development and Physical Education – putting theory into practice
-Developing Health and Emotional Wellbeing
-Working in Partnership
-An Introduction to Teaching Basic Skills Through the Curriculum
-Basic Skills in Transition - Numeracy
-Basic Skills in Transition - Literacy
-Assessment for Learning Strategies

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

You will undertake practical-based assignments throughout the course. The course team is responsive to creative use of assessment strategies that facilitate and support learners’ styles of learning.

There are variable assessment methods including written work, portfolios, and presentations. In particular, the assessment will enable theory to inform practice and enable participants to reflect critically on and, wherepossible, improve the quality of leadership, management, learning and teaching within their schools.

Career Prospects

The courses offer continuing professional development for teachers which will give them the edge in a competitive employment market.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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The Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) assessment-only pathway provides a unique opportunity to gain your QTS. It's designed for those who are teaching in schools but who do not have Qualified Teacher Status and is an exciting school-based training programme that is both rewarding and demanding. Read more
The Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) assessment-only pathway provides a unique opportunity to gain your QTS. It's designed for those who are teaching in schools but who do not have Qualified Teacher Status and is an exciting school-based training programme that is both rewarding and demanding.

More about this course

The QTS assessment-only pathway is primarily for practitioners who are teaching in schools or children’s centres but who do not have Qualified Teacher Status. The pathway does not provide any training, so applicants must have several years’ experience in at least two schools and be employed in a school or children’s centre that is willing to support the process of assessment.

Assessment for the course is divided into two phases as follows:

Pre-assessment phase (A):
-Pass the NCTL Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy
-Prepare an audit of your teaching experience against the Teaching Standards (2012)

Assessment phase (B):
-Evidence portfolio demonstrating achieving the teaching standards across two key stages

Modular structure

We can only offer this route to achieve QTS in subjects where we already offer PGCE or PGCE by School Direct.

There are two parts to the course.

Part A is the pre-assessment phase. On being accepted on to the pathway, you'll be required to pass the NCTL Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before then preparing an audit of your teaching experience against the Teaching Standards (2012).

You will then attend a tutorial with a university tutor to fully evaluate your experience and identify areas for development during part B, the assessment phase. Please note: you will only proceed to the assessment phase if the tutor considers that the standards for Qualified Teacher Status are achievable within the time frame.

You will then start the formal assessment process (Part B: the assessment phase), which will take place over two consecutive half term periods (either from October to February or from February to June). You will be supported in the school by a more experienced member of staff acting as a mentor.

The university tutor will make three visits to the school during the assessment phase and will be responsible for mentor training and ensuring that the teaching standards are being correctly assessed. At the end of the assessment phase the mentor will complete a final assessment and the candidate will present an evidence portfolio that demonstrates that they have consistently met the teaching standards across two key stages. The university tutor will then consider the evidence and recommend successful applicants for the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the assessment phase the university will recommend the applicant to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

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The Primary PGCE course provides a popular route for high quality graduates wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. This is an intense, stimulating and challenging course, designed to develop and extend professional skills and understanding. Read more
The Primary PGCE course provides a popular route for high quality graduates wishing to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. This is an intense, stimulating and challenging course, designed to develop and extend professional skills and understanding. Delivered in a creative mix of university and school based modules, students gain a deep and broad knowledge of learning and teaching across the primary age range.

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Course Overview

Thank you for your interest in this programme. We are proud of our long tradition of training students to become high quality practitioners, and we seek to recruit high quality, committed students who are keen to make a positive difference to the educational experiences of primary school children.The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education (SWWCTE) is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The Primary PGCE programmes (General Primary (Lower) and General Primary (Upper)) are designed to prepare students for a career in teaching.

The PGCE is a full-time, intensive vocational programme, suitable for those wishing to train to teach, inspire and enthuse primary aged children, helping them to make excellent progress in learning. The course offers rich opportunities for personal development, as students embark upon the first stages of a career which is challenging, fulfilling and rewarding.

The sessions both in school and at the University are intended to involve students in a range of experiences, which are carefully planned to increase understanding of learning and teaching across the Primary curriculum. There is a focus on developing personal reflective skills, and in engaging with current educational research in order to develop students as knowledgeable and effective practitioners.

The university element adopts a modular structure and teaching takes a blended learning approach including lead lectures, group seminars, tutorials, independent study and directed activities using the virtual learning environment (moodle).

Professional Teaching Experiences take place in a variety of educational contexts. Students build confidence and expertise, culminating in taking responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing a class of children in their chosen phase for a sustained period of time.

In our most recent inspection, Estyn (the Welsh educational inspectorate) praised the Centre’s innovative use of teaching approaches such as Problem-based learning, which forms a core element of the professional studies module.

Key Features

The primary PGCE programme at Swansea sets high expectations of its students and is run jointly between the University and partnership schools across the South Wales region. Programme tutors are knowledgeable and skilful qualified teachers. They possess a wide range of experience and expertise in key curriculum areas and other fields such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, inclusion, Welsh medium studies, humanities, early years, performing arts, bilingualism, PE, RE, thinking skills and more!

Tutors provide excellent pastoral and academic support to ensure that students receive the individual guidance and challenge required to make excellent progress.

During the Programme students study a breadth of subjects, areas of learning and professional matters.

Assessment

In order to complete the programme successfully and meet national standards, students must pass both the practical teaching and written elements of the programme. Practical teaching competence will be assessed by teachers in schools, in conjunction with the university tutor.

University assessments currently include essays, portfolio tasks, presentations and research reports. The programme currently offers 40 level 7 credits at Masters level.

We seek to recruit students who are committed to developing their personal skills and knowledge throughout their studies. Students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills will be regularly audited and monitored throughout the programme. It is a requirement of Welsh Government that literacy skills are measured on exit and judged to be proficient for professional practice. Students complete an exit audit and submit a portfolio of evidence to meet this requirement. A pass grade is mandatory.

This programme is subject to change in response to Government policy.

Career Opportunities

The South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education has excellent graduate employment rates with 99% of graduates going into employment or further study (DLHE 14/15).

Many school and college departments, both locally and nationally, are staffed with several of our teachers and many of our trainees have gone on to forge successful teaching careers at strategic, professional and management levels at home and abroad.

Our PGCE graduates usually remain in close touch with us as they make their careers in the teaching profession and they often become Subject Mentors on the programme. This creates a very strong, sustainable professional network of teachers which is a rich source of continuing professional development.

Recently our PGCE Design and Technology graduates have gone on to work as Secondary teachers in many independent and state schools in Wales, England and abroad including (but not limited) to:

Bynea County Primary School (Llanelli), Neath Port Talbot County Council, Ysgol y Felin (Llanelli), St. Dogmaels School (Pembrokeshire), Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Caerffili, Abersychan Brynteg Nursery School (Pontypool), St. Micahael's Church of England Primary School (Highgate), Pembrokeshire County Council, Cardiff Council, Saint Josephs Junior School (Port Talbot), Shropshire Council, Easton Church of England Academy (Bristol), Wilnecote High School (Tamworth), Maes Yr Haul Primary School (Cardiff), Llwyswen School (Brecon), Dunvant Primary School (Swansea).

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The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. Read more
The Faculty of Education has a longstanding national reputation for providing high-calibre initial teacher training with over 20 Secondary specialisms available. We have a well established partnership with over 800 secondary schools and colleges across the North West region and beyond.

This PGCE course, which is closely linked to the Royal Northern College of Music, will prepare you for a career in music teaching and challenge your thoughts about music education. The Specialist Instrumental Teaching route combines learning to teach music in the classroom and teaching your instrument (wind, brass, percussion, strings or voice) in different contexts.

Our award-winning Brooks building in Manchester has specialist music facilities, including practice rooms.

A minimum of 120 days school based practice training is combined with university based training and periods of independent study. Trainees are supported throughout by university and placement mentors.

Professional skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy:
All PGCE applicants will need to pass pre-entry Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy. The Faculty of Education offer support sessions to help applicants prepare for tests, but tests must be booked externally, further details at https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/passing-the-skills-tests

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-Do you want to study with Faculty members who have diverse interests in economics and econometrics?. -Are you looking for rigorous and balanced training in modern economics and econometrics that will prepare you for a career as a professional economist or further studies at MRes or PhD level?. Read more
-Do you want to study with Faculty members who have diverse interests in economics and econometrics?
-Are you looking for rigorous and balanced training in modern economics and econometrics that will prepare you for a career as a professional economist or further studies at MRes or PhD level?
-Do you want teaching that's research led and which will expose you to forefront economic theories and econometric methods?

This programme aims to provide balanced and rigorous training in modern theories in economics and econometrics at the postgraduate level. Although similar to the MSc in Economics, its differs in the level of econometric course units it provides, as well as extending the coverage in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory by providing a course unit in mathematical economics. The aims of the course are:
-To provide advanced instruction and rigorous training in economic and econometric theories and the relevant methods of empirical research in those areas
-To develop students' powers of inquiry, critical analysis, and logical thinking and to apply theoretical knowledge to current issues of policy and practice
-To encourage initiative, independent learning, and create awareness of the range of methodological approaches to research and problem solving and their implications for research findings
-To equip students with core skills in: computer literacy, numeracy, use of databases and IT skills, problem-solving, written and oral communication, report writing and presentation
-To provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a range of careers in economics and/or econometrics, in government, in industrial firms and the service and public sectors
-To provide training for those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or academic career via a PhD in economics and/or econometrics
-To enable students to apply advanced research skills to a relevant research area in economics and/or econometrics, via course units and a dissertation.

Aims

-Provide advanced instruction and rigorous training in economic and econometric theories and the relevant methods of empirical research in those areas
-Develop students' powers of inquiry, critical analysis, and logical thinking and to apply theoretical knowledge to current issues of policy and practice
-Encourage initiative, independent learning, and create awareness of the range of methodological approaches to research and problem solving and their implications for research findings
-Equip students with core skills in: computer literacy, numeracy, use of databases and IT skills, problem-solving, written and oral communication, report writing and presentation
-Provide students with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a range of careers in economics and/or econometrics, in government, in industrial firms and the service and public sectors
-Provide training for those who wish to subsequently pursue a research and/or academic career via a PhD in economics and/or econometrics
-Enable students to apply advanced research skills to a relevant research area in economics and/or econometrics, via course units and a dissertation

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years. There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director.

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This programme will enable you to teach across the curriculum in two consecutive primary school age ranges, with either French, German or Spanish as a specialist subject. Read more
This programme will enable you to teach across the curriculum in two consecutive primary school age ranges, with either French, German or Spanish as a specialist subject. Our exciting and challenging course aims to develop both competence and confidence- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/primary-modern/

In this course you will follow an innovative structure combining three strands that will help you develop the knowledge, skills and understanding you need in teaching and learning modern foreign languages at primary level. You will be engaged in practical and theoretical enquiry, both in College and on a school placement, to enable you to reach your full potential as a qualified teacher.

You follow the same programme as other PGCE (Primary) students, but also take these modern languages elements as part of curriculum studies:

-theories of second language learning and some aspects of bilingualism
-pedagogical approaches to modern language learning
-impact of parents, teachers and socio-cultural context on language learning
-critical and analytical approach to teaching strategies and resources
-curriculum design for primary modern language teaching (QCA guidelines for KS2, linguistic progression, differentiation, assessment)
-planning of modern languages in conjunction with other curricular areas (cross-curricular links with literacy, numeracy, citizenship, ICT, etc)
-planning the implementation of modern languages into primary school and the transition from primary to secondary education
-a linguistic component to support the development of your own language skills
-a cultural component (awareness and understanding)
-school experience in England. As part of your school placement, you teach French, German or Spanish alongside all other curriculum areas

Additional costs

You will have to cover your travel costs to your school placements.

We produce reading packs electronically and in hard copy format. There’s a small charge for the hard copy reading packs. You may also be asked to contribute towards trips and some materials for your modules.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Department of Educational Studies.

Structure

Two modules are offered at Masters (M) level. These are General Professional Studies – a classroom-based research project with a pedagogic focus – and Curriculum Studies, which has an integrated focus in which there are a number of options. School Experience is offered at higher (H) level.

For the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you are also formally assessed on your competence in the classroom and your ability to meet Department for Education Professional Standards including computer-based tests in literacy and numeracy, which are now a condition of entry to the programme.

Research

We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established a reputation for excellence in this field

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.

Support

We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.

Research

Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.**

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Learning & Teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed, including:

• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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