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Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are for graduates who want to train as secondary school teachers, but who must first develop their subject knowledge further. Read more
Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are for graduates who want to train as secondary school teachers, but who must first develop their subject knowledge further.

It may be that your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject area, or perhaps you have relevant professional experience but need to learn how to apply that to teaching. Your PGCE or School Direct provider may refer you for SKE.

After successful completion of the course, you are expected to go straight into initial teacher training that leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). This can be at the University of Brighton or another institution.

We offer SKEs in the following subjects:

• Biology
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Physics

Biology:

Our Biology SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary biology initial teacher training programme.

We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 16 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and commence between November and June each year.

The majority of the Biology SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.

Chemistry:

Our Chemistry SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary chemistry initial teacher training programme.

We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 12 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and commence between November and June each year.

The majority of the Chemistry SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.

Mathematics:

We offer a range of Mathematics SKE courses that will suit various applicants, including those with a keen enthusiasm for mathematics but who may not have high-level mathematics qualifications. Each course will prepare you for starting a mathematics initial teacher training programme.

Courses run for 8 or 20 weeks with start dates in February, and June each year. The length of your course will be determined by your own needs.

Physics:

Our Physics SKE will prepare you for starting a secondary physics initial teacher training programme.

We offer a range of courses with a duration of 8, 12 or 24 weeks depending on your individual needs. Course dates are flexible and start between November and June each year.

The majority of the Physics SKE course is delivered through online learning, with one week of tuition at the Falmer campus in the summer.

Careers and employability

Our SKE courses are designed for those going into initial teacher training but who do not have the necessary subject knowledge. There is a national shortage of teachers in all of the subject areas our SKEs cover, and therefore employment prospects once you have qualified are extremely good.

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To be ready for the challenges of teacher training and teaching the developing Computing curriculum, your subject knowledge and understanding of information technology and computer science has to be of a sufficient standard. Read more

To be ready for the challenges of teacher training and teaching the developing Computing curriculum, your subject knowledge and understanding of information technology and computer science has to be of a sufficient standard.

Introducing your course

Do you want to teach Computer Science but don't have a Computer Science degree or A level qualification? Want to change your life with a career that will see you providing children with an invaluable digital and computing education that will ensure their future employment? Take the SKE Computer Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement course and gain the essential skills you need to make the most of the PGCE and become a Computer Science teacher. There is no better gateway course for preparing you for the challenges of teacher training in Computer Science.

Overview

Our new SKE programme in Computer Science is a course for graduates who need to develop a greater depth of subject understanding prior to training for qualified teacher status. We have specifically developed our 12 week programme of face-to-face, online and in-school activities starting in May to equip you with the necessary skills and subject knowledge to teach the computer science elements of Computing across the 11-18 age range.

For more information about SKE, please visit What is subject knowledge enhancement SKE in Computer Science blog page.



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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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Course content. The taught modules will cover all of the subject material that you are likely to teach up to GCSE, as well as areas from A level and beyond. Read more

Course content

The taught modules will cover all of the subject material that you are likely to teach up to GCSE, as well as areas from A level and beyond.

However, the aim of the course is to give you a much greater depth of understanding of the subject, being able to explain why as well as how techniques work, and an understanding of applications and the historical and cultural context of the subject.

The course is fully funded and there are no fees to pay.

Weekly bursary - £200 per week

You cannot apply directly for the SKE course. Instead, you should apply through UCAS for a secondary maths teacher training course such as a traditional university based PGCE course or a School Direct course, indicating in your personal statement that you are interested in completing the SKE.

At interview an assessment is made of your subject knowledge. If appropriate, a conditional offer is made through UCAS where the condition is that you complete the SKE.

A place will automatically be reserved for you, and no further application is necessary.

Where do I get more information?

Just e-mail Karen or Jeremy at , or phone Karen on 01243 812103 or Jeremy on 01243 812069.

We will be very happy to answer your questions, advise you, and guide you through the application process.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Our award winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors. Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations. An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Teaching and assessment

The course is full time, with taught face-to-face sessions taking place on Mondays to Thursdays and directed study tasks on Fridays.

The full course consists of 20 weeks of study beginning at the end of January, but there is an option to join the course for the last 13 weeks for students who already have stronger understanding of topics up to GCSE level.

The course dates are:

20 weeks from 29 January until 5 July 2018

12 weeks from 16 April until 5 July 2018



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This course is for people who need to strengthen their maths knowledge fairly quickly before starting their training to become a secondary mathematics teacher. Read more
This course is for people who need to strengthen their maths knowledge fairly quickly before starting their training to become a secondary mathematics teacher.

Course overview

This 24-week fast track course will boost your maths knowledge so that you are able to teach maths up to A Level. To join the Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, you should already have received a conditional offer for initial teacher training – or you should at least be considering an application for it.

Typically, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT) – or you should at least be considering an application for it. Our course ends in July so that you are ready for ITT in September.

For Home/EU students, there is no tuition fee and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying on the course.

You will cover areas such as geometry, calculus, statistics, mechanics, patterns and equations as well as common errors and misconceptions in mathematics. At the initial interview, we will advise you whether this 24-week fast track course is suitable for you or whether an alternative course would be better for your circumstances.

Once you have successfully completed the SKE course and your initial teacher training, your career prospects will be very good. There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers and there are excellent job prospects, both in the North East and throughout the country.

Reports on our provision by external examiners have been very positive. Comments include: “It is clear that the course remains very successful in preparing candidates appropriately for their subsequent teacher training course”.

Course content

This course enhances your skills and knowledge in mathematics, preparing you for teacher training. You will study the following units:
-Patterns and Equations
-Structure and Pattern
-Development of Geometric Thinking
-Nature of Mathematics
-Investigating Calculus
-Enriching and Strengthening Mathematics
-Elementary Geometry
-Development of Mathematics
-Statistics
-Mechanics
-Using LOGO and 3D Geometry
-Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematics
-Matrices
-Investigating Sequences and Series

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, independent work, directed tasks, written assignments and use of ICT. In addition to attending taught sessions, we encourage you to undertake some voluntary work experience in a school. Assessment methods include written work, exams and presentations. We assess all units.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Interactive whiteboards are available in our classrooms and we encourage you to use mathematical software, such as Autograph graph-plotting software, to support your learning.

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, a dedicated computer classroom, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with a strong international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world.

Employment & careers

This course enhances your maths subject knowledge, allowing you to progress on to a teacher training programme such as the University of Sunderland’s PGCE Mathematics Secondary Education and then achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

There is a shortage of mathematics teachers in England so there are excellent career opportunities both in the North East and nationwide.

The starting salary of a Newly Qualified Teacher is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers can expect to see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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This course is for people who need to strengthen their maths knowledge before starting their training to become a secondary mathematics teacher. Read more
This course is for people who need to strengthen their maths knowledge before starting their training to become a secondary mathematics teacher.

Course overview

Do you need to enhance your mathematical understanding in order to achieve the expertise that is required to teach maths up to A Level? At Sunderland we provide the in-depth knowledge that you need. This course is the standard 28-week course rather than the faster track 24-week Mathematics SKE course.

Typically, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT) – or you should at least be considering an application for it. Our course ends in June so that you are ready for ITT in September.

For Home/EU students, there is no tuition fee, and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying on the course.

You will cover areas such as geometry, calculus, statistics, mechanics, patterns and equations as well as common errors and misconceptions in mathematics. At the initial interview, we will advise you whether this 28-week course is suitable for you or whether an alternative course would be better for your circumstances.

When you successfully complete your ITT, your career prospects will be very good. There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers and there are excellent job prospects.

If you are not sure whether to undertake the 28-week or 24-week course, we will advise you when you come to interview.

A recent external examiner noted, after discussions with students, that: “their enthusiasm for the course was evident, and they were able to describe how it had both aided their mathematical development and helped them to think about what good teaching is and how they can become good teachers”.

Course content

This course enhances your skills and knowledge in mathematics, preparing you for teacher training. You will study the following units:
-Structure and Pattern 1
-Structure and Pattern 2
-Using and Applying ICT in Mathematics 1
-Using and Applying ICT in Mathematics 2
-The Development of Geometric Thinking
-The Development of Mathematics
-Statistics in Action
-Mechanics in Action
-The Nature of Mathematics
-Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematics

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, independent work, directed tasks, written assignments and use of ICT. In addition to attending taught sessions, you will be required to undertake some voluntary work experience in a school. Assessment methods include written work, exams and presentations. We assess all units.

Facilities & location

This course is based on the banks of the River Wear at The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Interactive whiteboards are available in our classrooms and we encourage you to use mathematical software, such as Autograph graph-plotting software, to support your learning.

When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from over a hundred PCs in the St Peter’s Library, a dedicated computer classroom, and wireless access zones. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

The University of Sunderland is a vibrant learning environment with a strong international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world.

Employment & careers

This course enhances your maths subject knowledge, allowing you to progress on to a teacher training programme such as the University of Sunderland's PGCE Mathematics Secondary Education and then achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

There is a shortage of mathematics teachers in England, so there are excellent career opportunities both in the North East and nationwide.

The starting salary of a Newly Qualified Teacher is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers are likely to see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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To be ready for the challenges of teacher training, not to mention the classroom, your subject knowledge and understanding has to be of a sufficient standard. Read more

To be ready for the challenges of teacher training, not to mention the classroom, your subject knowledge and understanding has to be of a sufficient standard. If your degree subject is not close enough to the subject you want to teach, or you need a refresher focused on the 11-18 curriculum, you can take additional training before your initial teacher training (ITT).

Introducing your course

Do you enjoy mathematics and would like to teach it but have insufficient mathematics for direct entry to our PGCE? Would you like to help young people develop their confidence, skills and understanding in mathematics? Take our mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course prior to your teacher training and gain the depth and breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding you need to make the most of your PGCE in order to become a confident and inspiring mathematics teacher.

Overview

Pre-initial teacher training enhancement courses are intensive programmes for graduates who need to develop a greater depth of subject understanding prior to training for qualified teacher status. Enhancement courses are suitable for graduates with experience of the subject to at least A-level standard. This is a specifically-developed course which will equip you with the necessary skills and subject knowledge to teach mathematics across the 11-16 age range.

The Mathematics Enhancement Course at the University of Southampton is 28 weeks long. It begins in February with on-line activities and some school related work. Teaching sessions, based in on the Highfield campus, begin in February with further on-line support and finish in July.



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Sunderland has offered teacher training since 1908. This course is for people who need to improve their science subject understanding before starting a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course. Read more
Sunderland has offered teacher training since 1908.

Course overview

This course is for people who need to improve their science subject understanding before starting a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course.

The structure of the course will vary according to whether you want to teach chemistry, physics or another science. You should have at least an A Level in the science subject that you intend to teach, and, you should have already received a conditional offer for initial teacher training (ITT). You will complete this preparatory course ready for starting ITT in September.

When you successfully complete your ITT, your career prospects will be very good. There is a national shortage of science teachers, particularly in physics and chemistry. So there are excellent job opportunities both in the North East and throughout the country.

Sunderland has a heritage of teacher training which dates back to 1908. What’s more, we’re one of only a small number of teacher-training institutions in the UK offering a broad range of science.

There is no tuition fee for this course, and you will be paid a bursary while you are studying.

Course content

This course enhances your skills and knowledge in science education, preparing you for teacher training.

You will complete a series of units which will equip you with essential subject knowledge, ahead of a one-year initial teacher training (ITT) course. This course runs for up to 36 weeks and will complete in time to ensure that you are ready to start your ITT in September.

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods that include lectures, independent work, distance learning, directed tasks, written assignments and presentations. We encourage you to undertake voluntary work experience in a school.

Facilities & location

The University of Sunderland has excellent facilities that help you realise your full potential.

Course location
The course is a blend of on campus and distance learning. When on Campus you will be based in Forster Building on City Campus, just a few minutes from the main Murray Library and close to Sunderland city centre. It’s a very vibrant and supportive environment with excellent resources for teaching and learning.

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.

Learning Environment
Sunderland has a rich heritage in scientific studies. We are fully plugged into relevant industry bodies, with strong links and an exchange of ideas and people. Our vibrant learning environment helps ensure a steady stream of scientists who are well-trained and ready to contribute in a variety of fields.

Employment & careers

There is currently a shortage of science teachers, and so there are excellent career opportunities both in the North East and nationwide, once you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This course enhances your subject knowledge, making it easier to complete a PGCE and achieve QTS. The starting salary of an NQT is over £22,000, with extra if you work in London. Teachers see their salaries rise by an average of 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.

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To be ready for the challenges of training to teach science, your subject knowledge and understanding across all three sciences has to be of a sufficient standard. Read more

To be ready for the challenges of training to teach science, your subject knowledge and understanding across all three sciences has to be of a sufficient standard. If your degree subject is not close enough to one of the three traditional science subjects, or you need to improve your knowledge and understanding, particularly of the physics you will be teaching in school, you can take additional training before your PGCE.

Introducing your course

Are you keen to teach science and have a related degree and an A level in a science, but insufficient, or rusty, knowledge of the physical sciences to feel you will be able to teach with confidence? Do you want to change your life with a career that will see you providing children with an invaluable science education that will ensure their future employment? Take the physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course prior to your teacher training and gain the essential skills you need to make the most of the PGCE and become a confident and inspiring science teacher. There is no better gateway course for preparing you for the challenges of teacher training in science.

Overview

The physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course is an intensive programme which begins with deep and fundamental physics foundations, covering KS3 and GCSE Physics topics and refreshing mathematical skills, and then moves on to the more technical content bridging to A-Level. Teaching sessions are based on best-practice to maximise learning and there will be a wide range of practicals in our well-equipped teaching labs, including some chemistry practicals exploring the links between chemistry and physics. During the course you will also have the opportunity to spend one week observing science lessons in schools. Sessions are led by university tutors who are very experienced secondary and sixth-form science teachers. There may also be input from experts from the Institute of Physics, and the world-class physics and engineering faculties here at the University of Southampton.



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If you’d like to teach design, technology or engineering, but need to brush up on your skills before you start your teacher-training, we can help. Read more

If you’d like to teach design, technology or engineering, but need to brush up on your skills before you start your teacher-training, we can help. This one-year (36-week), accredited, full-time Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course helps prepare you to train to teach design and technology. Its stimulating combination of creative, practical and technical skills are so useful that some of our most outstanding PGCE graduates are the ones who did this course.

You might be eligible to receive a bursary while on the course.

Work towards teacher-training at Sheffield Hallam

Successfully completing this SKE course qualifies you to do our one year PGCE Design and Technology or PGCE Engineering courses.

An outstanding national reputation

Sheffield Hallam is the UK’s largest provider of design and technology education, which makes it a great place to come for teacher-training: as a result, we enjoy a national reputation for excellence in design and technology.

We are the Design and Technology Association’s regional provider of training to qualified teachers in schools — we deliver that training on electronics and systems control or CAD/CAM. One of our lecturers is also the curriculum advisor to the Design and Technology Association on electronics and systems control.

A remarkable place to learn

One of the exciting things about this course is that it’s not based in our education department but in our Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences. That means you are based right at the heart of our workshops and studios, surrounded by other students and staff from a range of creative backgrounds and disciplines.

Learn in a variety of ways and settings

This course involves studying full-time 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 enhanced by practical work and field study.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Modules

  • health and safety
  • visual communication for design
  • timber design and manufacture
  • mechatronics
  • CAD/CAM design and manufacture
  • textile design and manufacture
  • design technology engineering

Employability

Trying to decide about teaching?

We would always recommend that spending some time in a school design and technology department is a valuable experience to help you see the work of a teacher. Many schools are helpful in offering some time where you can shadow a teacher and observe lessons.

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 — you complete two placements, increasing 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 Design and Technology.

Once you complete your PGCE, you can begin teaching design and technology 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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Train to teach modern languages to 11 to 16-year-olds, and kick-start a fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accrdited course. Read more
Train to teach modern languages to 11 to 16-year-olds, and kick-start a fulfilling career as a secondary school teacher on this National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)-accrdited course. You’ll learn the principles of effective modern languages teaching and how to develop pupils’ love of a foreign language, and we also offer a French Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) if you need to widen your language skills. Your school placements reinforce what you learn by given you hands-on practical experience in the classroom. Trainees on our PGCE Secondary courses achieve high results, with 95% receiving an Ofsted good or outstanding grade by the end of the course and 96% going on to obtain employment, often with one of their placement schools.

More about this course

This NCTL-accredited PGCE Secondary Modern Languages course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and prepares you to teach 11 to 16-year-olds. You may also have the opportunity to work in A level environments.

You’ll focus on the principles of teaching modern languages including French, Spanish and German, and will develop school pupils’ skills in speaking, reading, listening and writing these languages.

If you only speak either German or Spanish, we offer a 12-week Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in French. This will enable you to teach French to pupils up to Key Stage 3. The SKE is fully funded and bursaries are available to eligible applicants.

At the University you’ll explore teaching methodology, pupil assessment and the fundamentals of how children learn. The PGCE course will also broaden your understanding of teaching in multicultural urban environments through your two placements in London, where you’ll learn how to help pupils develop their foreign language skills.

Great emphasis is placed on sharing feedback with other trainees. You’ll complete a weekly reflection and contribute to discussions online to develop your understanding of the role of a secondary teacher. This commitment to high standards has lead to positive reviews from Ofsted:

"Headteachers comment favourably on the trainees’ high standards of personal and professional conduct and on their willingness to follow school policies and procedures. Trainees speak very positively about the quality of training, particularly the links between theory and practice."
Ofsted 2015.

Your assessment will consist of four elements:
-School placement A
-School placement B, where your teaching ability will be assessed in relation to the standard for Qualified Teacher Status
-A Professional Practice Portfolio, which is compiled throughout the year, detailing personal experiences and reflections on your development as a teacher, largely in relation to your practical teaching experience
-The Educational Research Assignment, which allows you to explore an educational issue

There are no examinations.

Modular structure

This is a year-long course.

Module 1, Curriculum Studies, includes:
-The theoretical underpinning of the practice you'll take into the classroom
-Access to the pedagogical knowledge and understanding required to effectively plan and teach well-structured lessons in the Secondary curriculum
-Sessions on Modern Languages
-Training to assess school pupils’ progress in each of these curriculum areas

Module 2, Professionalism and Inclusive Practice (PIP), includes:
-Support for the wider professional development of each student teacher
-Discussion of the role of children’s rights and how this underpins effective learning relationships
-Understanding of different aspects of inclusive education
-Introduction to the whole school and wider children’s workforce
-Teamwork and collaborative discussion across different subject areas

Work placement:
-120 days in a London placement learning to teach with a mentor in secondary schools

In both university and classroom contexts, your self-directed study is extremely important in order to support your development of purposeful educational enquiry, preparing effective teaching resources and ensuring up-to-date subject knowledge.

What our students say

“London Met was very proactive in providing support and guidance for my new teaching post. The team educated me on everything necessary to prepare me for my forthcoming role; they are highly skilled professionals who were able to support me through my interview process as well as answer any queries regarding the teaching industry. With regards to course content, I felt everything covered during lectures and the professional studies sessions was relevant to my development and future prospects as a teacher.” Jatinder Chohan, London Met trainee and Year 5 teacher at Rosedale Hewens Academy, Harlington.

“I really enjoyed my course at London Metropolitan University. There was a lot to learn, but the support and guidance from my tutor and mentors was excellent throughout and by the end of the course I really felt prepared to take on my first mainstream teaching assignment. The tutors and lecturers helped me set the right goals for my development as a teacher as well as giving me the tools to succeed. I had two great school placements arranged by the University and I feel these were key to building my confidence. I was really happy to be offered a job by one of these schools – my PGCE year couldn’t have ended better.” Maira Rodrigues, London Met trainee and Year 4 teacher at Lloyd Williamson Primary School, Kensington.

After the course

This intensive PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which enables you to teach modern languages to 11 to 16-year-olds. Our trainees have gone on to secure school secondary teacher roles at schools including Ark Academy, Ralph Allen School, Bushey Academy and more.

Funding

Funding is available for many postgraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Depending on your teaching subject and degree classification, you may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship of up to £30,000 through the teacher training bursary.

PGCE School Direct

The School Direct school placements work around the training calendar for the student teacher with the PGCE offered at the university. This means we can only offer places in Early Years / Primary and in Secondary teaching Maths, Modern Languages and Science with a specialism in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

You will attend the training workshops at the university with other regular PGCE students and carry out placements of 120 days in a school or consortium of schools with a School Direct allocation. This time could be divided between two schools with some flexibility.

London Met has School Direct partnership with nearly 100 schools. This large body of schools have joined with us to build a cross-capital alliance, providing diverse contexts in which to train the new generation of London teachers.

Most of our trainees follow a programme modelled on the traditional PGCE, with time spent under tutor supervision at London Metropolitan University and the school placement divided between two partner schools.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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This course offers you the opportunity to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. You will develop a good understanding of maths pedagogy and how to help children grasp complex ideas. Read more

This course offers you the opportunity to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. You will develop a good understanding of maths pedagogy and how to help children grasp complex ideas. Providing you with a solid foundation of professional awareness and understanding, the course will foster and develop your competence and confidence in imparting your subject knowledge to young people.

If your degree does not include enough mathematics, or if you just need a refresher course, the Department for Education sponsors several Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. Newman’s SKE course will provide you with the opportunity to acquire enough mathematics to teach it to at least Key Stage 4 in a secondary school and could improve your chances of employment. Visit http://www.newman.ac.uk/ske-maths for further information.

Course Content

Teaching sessions at Newman comprise an exploration of how mathematical topics develop in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement age range with a brief exploration of Key Stage 2 techniques and how ideas progress at A level. You will be involved in sessions that focus on doing maths, exploring why techniques such as long multiplication work and how children can be guided in their learning.

You will focus not only on how children will develop their mathematical knowledge and understanding but how to increase their confidence in applying it. To assess children’s progress you will explore potential errors and misconceptions and how they might be observed and remedied. Extensive use will be made of ICT to illustrate and model mathematical ideas. This will furnish you with relevant skills that can be taken into the classroom.

School Based Learning

You will gain a vast amount of experience of teaching as a substantial component of the course involves two teaching placements. You will also benefit from Newman’s excellent partnerships with schools in the West Midlands. The programme consists of 40 weeks of full-time study (from early September to the beginning of July), and you can expect to spend at least 24 of those weeks in schools.

You will be supported through these placements by experienced teaching colleagues, including subject mentors – teachers trained to provide beginning teachers with support and guidance. Partnership tutors from Newman will also be allocated to provide advice and support.

You will be encouraged to explore further aspects of mathematics education with groups of pupils across the age and ability range, including those with special educational needs.

Special Features

• As a graduate you will be highly sought after by head teachers as mathematics is a shortage subject. You may also be eligible for a £25,000 scholarship (see Postgraduate Bursaries for more information)

• Newman lecturers use a variety of interactive teaching methods including lectures, seminars and individual tutorials which encourage participation

• You will experience a range of assessment formats including coursework, presentations and practical teaching ability



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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs) are about improving subject knowledge in preparation for a Teacher Training course. You will be taught by experienced teachers of mathematics, and will spend 2 of the 12 weeks in a school where you will have the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge. Read more
Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs) are about improving subject knowledge in preparation for a Teacher Training course. You will be taught by experienced teachers of mathematics, and will spend 2 of the 12 weeks in a school where you will have the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge. You will benefit from extensive use of interactive methods which will help you learn mathematics and form links with colleagues which will be invaluabe throughout the PGCE programme. This course is available to PGCE offer holders at London Metropolitan University or at other universities whose offer stipulates completion of subject knowledge enhancement.

More about this course

The course will cover higher level GCSE level and early A level Pure Mathematics and Statistics. There will be mathematical modules on: Algebra of Polynomial Functions and Equations, Trigonometry and Continuous Functions, Calculus, Data Handling and Statistics, Euclidean Geometry. An introduction to educational issues will include reading, films, and an introduction to current issues in education policy.

We will use mathematics materials which are commonly used in classrooms to promote interactive engagement in mathematics including group work and extensive use of ICT. The course will include an introduction to relevant themes in teaching and learning which will also develop reading and writing skills necessary for the PGCE. There will be a two week school placement where you will have an opportunity to observe and participate in classroom mathematics.

The course will be assessed by a continuous assessment portfolio and a final examination. The portfolio will include mathematical tasks, written assignments, a profile of the school placement and work designed to practice specific areas of the curriculum. The final examination will include a GCSE Higher Mathematics paper (calculator and non-calculator papers) and a paper of relevant questions of A-level standard.

Professional accreditation

The course is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), and London Met is approved to provide SKE with NCTL funding for either maths or French.

Modular structure

The twelve-week course will be based at the University for four days each week Tuesday to Friday, with the exception of a two week placement in schools which will be arranged for you. You will be following a course which focusses on the content of higher GCSE level and early A level Pure Mathematics and Statistics.

There will be mathematical modules on: Algebra of Polynomial Functions and Equations, Trigonometry and Continuous Functions, Calculus, Data Handling and Euclidean Statistics, and Geometry. An introduction to educational issues will include reading, films, and an introduction to current issues in education policy. There will be a 2 week placement in a mathematics department in a secondary school.

You will learn mathematics in a variety of ways including mathematics software, group work and by following targets tailored to your own needs. Learning mathematics in these ways will give you first-hand experience of the pedagogies which you will use in the PGCE course. The school placement will give you the chance to see mathematics teaching in a school and you will, by completing specially designed evaluation tasks, develop reading and writing skills necessary for the PGCE. Throughout the course there will be regular tutorials to monitor your progress and provide help and guidance to make the London Met maths enhancement course a successful first step in your teaching career.

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You will be able to move onto the PGCE programme upon successful completion of the SKE course.

Funding

Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKEs) are 12 weeks long. Your fees are paid by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). In addition, you will receive a bursary of £2,400 or £800 per month. More information on Enhancement Courses is available from the DfE.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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Are you passionate about inspiring young people to learn about the human body to the natural world? Then our PGCE Secondary Biology is the course for you. Read more

Are you passionate about inspiring young people to learn about the human body to the natural world? Then our PGCE Secondary Biology is the course for you. With so many important careers in healthcare and science dependent on people with skills and knowledge in this area, your ability to get your students excited about Biology is vital.

What's covered in the course?

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer over 16 weeks, before you start your PGCE.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

Why Choose Us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University.
  • If you have a PhD, Master's or at least a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, you may be eligible for a bursary from the NCTL. For 2017 entry this bursary is £10,000 if you have 2:2, £12,000 if you have a 2:1 or Master’s and £15,000 if you have a First or a PhD.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 98 per cent of the School’s postgraduate students in employment or further study six months after completing their course (DLHE survey results 2014/15).
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a good degree (minimum 2:2 but 2:1 or 1st preferred) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent at least 50 per cent of which is in chemistry or a chemistry-related subject. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

Pre-Interview School Experience

For secondary teacher training there is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of biology and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the Standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: 32XS



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Do you want a career that enables you to help pupils master skills that are vital to their success, not just during their education, but for life? If so training to teach maths on our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics is course for you. Read more

Do you want a career that enables you to help pupils master skills that are vital to their success, not just during their education, but for life? If so training to teach maths on our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics is course for you.

What's covered in the course?

You’ll learn techniques to inspire students around maths, making it enjoyable and ensuring they’re equipped with skills they’ll need for in the future. You’ll teach across a range of ages and abilities on daily basis so we’ll train you to be handle changing effortlessly between number patterns and sequences to calculus depending on who you’re teaching.

After interview you may be advised you need to take a funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, which we offer in mathematics on 24- and 16-week routes before you start your PGCE (shorter courses of between two and 12 weeks may be available according how much enhancement of your knowledge is needed).

Our aim is to help you become a committed, confident and creative teacher so we’ll train you in the essential tools you need to kick-start your career in education. As you progress, you’ll increase your ability to handle the ever-evolving teaching environment, and by the time your course is complete, you’ll be in a position to continue developing your understanding, knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

Assignments and school-centred activities are structured around the development of your School Experience Progress Journal (SEPJ) which demonstrates your progress against the nationally agreed competences (the Teachers’ Standards), which all teachers must meet throughout their career. A system of continuous review and assessment of progress in the SEPJ will support your growing ability to take responsibility for your own development. 

Why choose us?

  • At least 120 days across a minimum of two placements, in line with the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) requirements, supported by a subject mentor in your school and a personal development tutor at the University
  • If you have a minimum of a 2:2 in your undergraduate degree, a Master's or a PhD, in a subject area relevant for teaching mathematics, you may be eligible for a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL)For 2017 entry this bursary is £25,000. A higher level scholarship of £27,500 may be available from the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) subject to application and deadlines.
  • We’re proud of our high employability rates, with 100 per cent of students in employment or further study six months after completing this course (latest DLHE survey 2015/16)
  • 100 per cent of our 2016 graduates said we prepared them ‘very well’ for employment (latest DLHE survey 2015/16)
  • If you accept an offer from us you’ll be able to take part in our free Skills Test ‘bootcamps’ to make sure you’re ready to start your PGCE in September.
  • You'll gain Master's level credits gained as part of this course that you can then use towards a full Master's degree, such as our Master’s in Teaching and Learning or Educational Leadership.

Entry requirements

You must have a good degree (minimum 2:2) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent, at least 50 per cent of which is in mathematics or a mathematics-related subject area. You must have a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in both English language and mathematics prior to application and if you are offered an interview you will take a written test to assess your standard of English.

You will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy.

There is an expectation that you will have had some general experience of working with secondary age students in a school setting. In preparation for the selection interview you are required to engage in a teaching episode, observed by an experienced qualified teacher.

As part of the selection procedure, the interview panel will expect you to demonstrate your knowledge of mathematics and will assess personal qualities such as the potential to relate well to secondary age students, enthusiasm, sensitivity, communication skills and robustness and resilience for teaching.

Applicants must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for initial teacher training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a range of directed tasks and targeted assignments. Trainee teachers are also required to complete a profile of evidence towards the achievement of the standards required by the National College for Teaching and Leadership for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Evidence for the Standards is verified by mentors.

How do I apply?

All applications need to be made via the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Course code: G1X1



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