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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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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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/diphe-diphe-subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-18-course-in-mathematics-education

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If you want to train as a Secondary subject teacher and do not have the necessary qualifications to enter an Initial Teacher-Training programme such as a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme, we provide subject knowledge enhancement courses to improve your subject expertise prior to your training. Read more
If you want to train as a Secondary subject teacher and do not have the necessary qualifications to enter an Initial Teacher-Training programme such as a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme, we provide subject knowledge enhancement courses to improve your subject expertise prior to your training.

Subjects

We run short enhancement courses over the summer in the following subjects:
* Chemistry
* Computer Science
* Design and Technology
* Mathematics
* Physics

The courses are intended to support graduates as they develop their breadth and depth of the given subject before they begin an ITT course which would lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is designed to support communication skills and the development of the subject knowledge required for teaching the subject in secondary schools.

Funding

School Direct, PGCE and SCITT trainees are eligible for funding to undertake our courses and may be entitled to a tax-free bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership of £200 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by NCTL).

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the University by either the student, or the teacher training course provider.

Provider referral
If a school or ITT provider decides that you would be suitable for secondary mathematics teaching, but that you need to develop your subject knowledge, they can offer you a place on their School Direct or PGCE course. However, this offer is made on condition that you successfully complete the SKE course prior to starting the ITT course. There are then two possibilities:
1. Your school or ITT provider contacts us and, provided there are vacancies, refers you to this course, or
2. You contact us directly. In this case we will confirm with your school or provider that they have offered, and you have accepted, an ITT place.

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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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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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This intensive summer programme enables graduates with one modern or community language to develop a second modern language (French) which can then be taught with confidence and accuracy to pupils during Key Stage 3. Read more
This intensive summer programme enables graduates with one modern or community language to develop a second modern language (French) which can then be taught with confidence and accuracy to pupils during Key Stage 3.

All SKE programmes in priority subjects are funded by National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL). Training bursaries are also available to eligible candidates.

More about this course

The course is a full-time, intensive face-to-face course running from the end of May to mid-to-late August. The course consists of whole group communicative language classes, supplemented by a mixed programme of films, small group conversation classes, cultural input and tutorials.

Integrated self-study, including London Metropolitan University's own online French programmes and virtual learning environment, will be a vital component of the course. You'll be expected to undertake 15 hours a week on this.

There is continuous assessment throughout the course.

To successfully complete the course you must:
-Attend fully and punctually
-Complete all self-study tasks set (including a weekly extended writing task)
-Complete in-class progress tests and end-of-course skills tests
-Compile a portfolio of work showing progress throughout the course and evidence of independent learning

By doing the above, students should aim to demonstrate CEFR B1/B2 (target level) in all four skills by the end of the course.

Modular structure

This is a full-time, intensive, face-to-face 12-week course running from end of May to late August, Monday to Friday, 10am-3.30pm.

The course consists of whole group communicative language classes (morning), supplemented by a mixed afternoon programme of films, small group conversation classes, cultural input and tutorials, as well as self-study.

Language level: Progression from CEFR A1/A2 to B1/B2.

After the course

Students are all expected to proceed to ITT and subsequent teaching careers in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL).

"I am currently teaching a lot of French in my Secondary School (The Heathland School). I teach nine lessons a week to students from KS3 and KS4 (this year taking Y11 for the first time). I teach classes in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11, so a range of ages. Without the French Extension Course, I 100 per cent would never had found the time or effort to improve my French to an ability to teach it. Therefore, without it, I definitely wouldn't be teaching it as much as I do now (if at all). I believe that it is a great way for trainee teachers to get themselves another language to be able to teach (at least to KS3)." Lewis Dodge, The Heathland School. French Extension Course 2009. PGCE St. Mary's University College 2010/11.

Quote from external assessor

"My opinion about the London Metropolitan University French Extension course remains totally unchanged: it is a highly effective, high quality motivational course. The course team does not rest on its laurels. Directors, tutors and language assistants strive to offer students a better and better product. The team's clarity of purpose, its organised approach to the implementation of the plans, its caring monitoring of students' progress, achievements and needs, its good relationships with the students (as a group and as individuals), its willingness to hear and to respond to needs, all contributes to a course of high quality". Michèle Deane, external assessor

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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SKE programmes are offered to candidates in need of a subject knowledge boost. They are not open to overseas students. Tutors advise entry when candidates applying for the PGCE are assessed as having unsuitable degree backgrounds. Read more

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SKE programmes are offered to candidates in need of a subject knowledge boost. They are not open to overseas students. Tutors advise entry when candidates applying for the PGCE are assessed as having unsuitable degree backgrounds.

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The SKE is a full time course designed for people who are about to start a secondary maths teacher training programme. It is fully funded and trainees receive a tax free bursary of £200 per week*. Read more
The SKE is a full time course designed for people who are about to start a secondary maths teacher training programme. It is fully funded and trainees receive a tax free bursary of £200 per week*. It is led by experienced, knowledgeable practitioners with school teaching experience, at a university renowned for being a friendly and professional learning community.

If you want to train as a secondary maths teacher, but your degree contains less than 50% mathematics, then you are likely to be eligible for the course. Typically a SKE student may have an A level in mathematics, and have studied a degree with some mathematical content, but an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject is more important.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-mathematics-ske

Course detail

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. You will also receive a bursary, a total of £4,000 for the full course and £2,400 for the shorter version.

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.

Format

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 23rd January 2017 until 29th June 2017

12 weeks from 27th March 2017 until 29th June 2017

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.

How to apply: https://dotmailer-surveys.com/f31ueg1e-c011re4a

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Boost your subject knowledge in mathematics to get ready for your PGCE! If you don't have the right qualifications for teaching maths, then our 8-week course will ensure you're in the right place to get started as a secondary school teacher. Read more
Boost your subject knowledge in mathematics to get ready for your PGCE! If you don't have the right qualifications for teaching maths, then our 8-week course will ensure you're in the right place to get started as a secondary school teacher. If you've got the expertise, perhaps from maths modules in your degree or A Level qualifications in mathematics, then we're here to help you prove your potential and ability to become a first class teacher.

Course outline

The first two weeks consist of a series of face-to-face sessions with some supported independent study. The rest of the course takes place mainly online through flexible distance learning resources, allowing you to engage with your PGCE studies whilst completing your SKE work.

Graduate destinations

This course enables you to build your subject knowledge in order to train to teach secondary mathematics. There are excellent job opportunities in this subject due to there being a national shortage of teachers.

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Working as a chemistry teacher is a highly rewarding experience, but you might not have the academic qualifications needed to get started. Read more
Working as a chemistry teacher is a highly rewarding experience, but you might not have the academic qualifications needed to get started. Perhaps you have an A level in chemistry but not a degree, or maybe you worked in a chemistry-related field that peaked your interest. No matter what your background, our course will help you gain the qualification you need to get started in teaching. We'll build on your potential and give you the necessary knowledge to develop your expertise to the right level for teaching.

Course outline

You'll attend a series of face-to-face sessions for the first 14 weeks, with some supported independent study. The rest of the course will be completed online, allowing you to complete your SKE work as you engage in PGCE studies. This course ends in late December so you can embed your subject knowledge in your classroom practice. It's important to show you have the necessary effort and commitment required to succeed.

Graduate destinations

This course enables you to build your subject knowledge in order to train to teach secondary science with a chemistry specialism. There are excellent job opportunities in this subject due a national shortage of teachers in this subject.

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Teaching mathematics at a secondary school is a challenging and rewarding career, but without the right qualifications, it can be hard to get involved. Read more
Teaching mathematics at a secondary school is a challenging and rewarding career, but without the right qualifications, it can be hard to get involved. Maybe you've studies some maths for your degree and gained an interest, or perhaps you only have an A level in maths. If you don't have the right level of subject knowledge, then our course is perfect for you! We'll help you prove your potential as a teacher by putting you in the right place to start your PGCE, developing your expertise to show you're ready to teach.

Course outline

You'll attend a series of face-to-face sessions for the first 14 weeks, with some supported independent study. The rest of the course will be completed online, allowing you to complete your SKE work as you engage in PGCE studies. This course ends in late December so you can embed your subject knowledge in your classroom practice. It's important to show you have the necessary effort and commitment required to succeed.

Graduate destinations

This course enables you to build your subject knowledge in order to train to teach secondary mathematics. There are excellent job opportunities in this subject due to there being a national shortage of teachers.

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Starting work as a physics teacher at secondary school? Boost your subject knowledge by taking our course! We're perfect for those with the potential to teach high school physics, but who do not have the academic qualifications to back up their expertise. Read more
Starting work as a physics teacher at secondary school? Boost your subject knowledge by taking our course! We're perfect for those with the potential to teach high school physics, but who do not have the academic qualifications to back up their expertise. We are happy to help students from a variety of backgrounds and degrees - as long as you've got the drive to improve your knowledge, we'll make sure you're in the right position to start teaching.

Course outline

You'll attend a series of face-to-face sessions for the first 14 weeks, with some supported independent study. The rest of the course will be completed online, allowing you to complete your SKE work as you engage in PGCE studies. This course ends in late December so you can embed your subject knowledge in your classroom practice. It's important to show you have the necessary effort and commitment required to succeed.

Graduate destinations

This course enables you to build your subject knowledge in order to train to teach secondary science with a physics specialism. There are excellent job opportunities in this subject due to a national shortage of teachers in this subject.

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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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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.

These courses are available via University led and School Direct routes.

We also offer an Assessment-Only route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) aimed at experienced, but unqualified graduate teachers, wishing to complete a formal qualification.

Features and benefits of the course

-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

Placement options

School placements are central to the course. Trainees on the University-led ('Core') route typically spend at least 120 days on school-based training. As an intending teacher you will begin by developing professional awareness, understanding and skills common to learning and teaching in a variety of settings. You will begin to understand the inter-relationship between the school and its community.

Placements are organised by Manchester Met and will be in at least two different schools or colleges and ranging from inner city to rural settings, mixed and single gender schools, City Academies, Comprehensives and Selective Schools, 11-16, 11-18, sixth form and further education colleges.

School Direct trainees are attached to a specified ('lead') school within an alliance of schools and will typically spend at least 135 days on school-based training, depending on the term-times of the school(s) involved. The lead school organises placements.

In addition we have exchanges with France, German and Spain to offer placements abroad during the Enrichment phase of the course. We are also working closely with the Confucius Institute to develop links with China.

About the Course

The duration of this one year full time programme is 36 weeks (September to June). 24 weeks will be spent in school and 12 weeks in university.

In addition to your main language, you will take one of the other three languages as your second language. You will be prepared to teach your main language throughout the 11-18 age range. In your second language, you will be prepared to teach up to either key stage 3 or key stage 4/GCSE, according to qualifications and linguistic competence. Where possible, we take into consideration other languages you may have. We offer SKE (Subject Knowledge Enhancement) in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin to support trainees learning a language from scratch. In addition we have exchanges with France, German and Spain to offer placements abroad during Enrichment phase of the course. We are also working closely with the Confucius Institute to develop links with China.

This course enables you to acquire and develop language teaching skills. You will become aware of the needs of pupils of different abilities and of the goals and methods appropriate to them. You will be prepared for a wide variety of teaching situations by observing good practice in schools and modelling in university sessions, through discussions, peer teaching and practical workshops and through intensive practical teaching to a range of abilities. Feedback from experienced teachers and tutors facilitates your professional development.

Classroom management skills are given high priority both at the University and during school placements. Equally, an emphasis is placed upon careful planning, and you will develop the skills of linguistic analysis and sequencing.

You will learn how to teach both the spoken and written language, how to approach teaching grammar and how to plan for using the target language in the classroom. The course aims to develop a thoughtful and critical approach to the relationship between teaching strategies and the pupils' language learning in the classroom. You will learn how to assess and evaluate pupils' learning and how to use this in future planning. Other issues that form part of the course include language acquisition, cultural background, global citizenship and equal opportunities.

In addition to preparation for Key Stages 3-5, we also include provision for Key Stage 2 and you will compile a Primary Languages Portfolio. Methodology sessions in the university are conducted in your main foreign language where appropriate foreign language tutors will help you develop or maintain your language skills in your second foreign language.

We aim to develop analytical, successful and enthusiastic beginning teachers who are fully aware of the excitement and challenges which lie ahead and who can work effectively in a variety of educational settings.

Trainees will engage with current educational issues and recent and relevant research in order to further develop their understanding and to generate challenging and lively debate. There will be a focus on:
-Promoting an inclusive learning and teaching environment
-Working in multi-professional teams
-Creating a climate for learning in the classroom
-Learning and teaching strategies
-Managing students' behaviour
-Planning and evaluating students' learning
-Developing knowledge and understanding of teachers' professional responsibilities

Assessment details

Our PGCE Secondary programme combines practical teaching experience with written assignments. Trainees will complete a portfolio detailing their Record of Professional Development and a Career Entry Profile. Satisfactory attendance and professional engagement with the programme are also necessary factors in the successful completion of your chosen route.

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The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, Chemistry or Physics leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a subject specialism. Read more
The PGCE Secondary Science course with an enhancement in Biology, Chemistry or Physics leads to a professional qualification to enable you to enter the teaching profession in a secondary school as a Science teacher with a subject specialism. During the course you will develop subject knowledge across all three science areas, along with practical skills and an understanding of pedagogical issues related to teaching Science in the 11-16 with post 16 enhancement range. In addition you will follow a pathway based on your degree qualification and experience that will enhance your understanding of the teaching of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Key Stage 4.

At interview you will need to indicate your interest in one or more of three pathways for this PGCE in secondary science. Your suitability for a particular pathway will be explored at interview and you bursary eligibility will depend on the subject specialism of your offer of a place from either:

Science with Biology

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of biology in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Biology Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Biology.

Science with Chemistry

You will need to have a good honours degree and a substantial component of chemistry in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Chemistry Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Chemistry.

Science with Physics

You will need to have a good honours degree with a substantial component of physics in your study. You may also consider applying for this pathway in combination with a Physics Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course. You need to demonstrate a commitment to the teaching of Physics.

Learning and Teaching in Science

You will explore the science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 through practical work in chemistry, physics and biology that leads to the development of subject knowledge and pedagogical skills. These sessions will take place in newly built laboratories equipped to model modern school science facilities. Several learning and teaching themes are developed throughout the year including safe management of laboratory practical work, teaching outside the classroom, how science works, contemporary issues in science teaching, using models and analogies, literacy, differentiation, use of games, pupil misconceptions, using ICT, inclusion, questioning techniques and citizenship. At all times you are supported by well qualified and experienced tutors.

School Experience

You will spend the majority of your time on the course in schools, developing your teaching skills. You will complete two main teaching placements at different secondary schools; one of 8 weeks and a second longer placement of 12 weeks. During both placements you are likely to have the opportunity teach science across Key Stages 3 and 4 and teach your specialism (biology, physics or chemistry) at Key Stage 4. During your placements your professional development will be supported by both the school and Newman tutors. Newman has an excellent reputation with local schools for providing a strong partnership with schools that support students during their placements. You will also work in a primary school for a short placement, looking at science teaching methods across earlier key stages. The course offers further flexible opportunities for individual 'focus' weeks towards the end of training, where specialised areas can be further developed, including AS/A2 examinations and Education and Professional Studies links with science and your specialism.

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