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Bursaries are available for graduates with at least a 2:2 degree who train to become maths teachers.

Course overview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

Teaching and assessment

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

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

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

Facilities & location

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

Secondary partnership

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

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

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

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

Employment & careers

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

Visit the Mathematics Education - 1 Year with QTS - PGCE page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!

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