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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Course Description

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) in conjunction with a PGCE. It equips you to teach National Curriculum mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 and prepares you for higher level Key Stage 5 and post-16 teaching.

Maths is so crucial to every aspect of life that there’s a very fulfilling challenge in helping people gain confidence in the subject. Mathematics is a priority subject, so you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary.

During the course you:
-Deepen your subject knowledge and skills.
-Learn to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching mathematics and the wider curriculum.
-Build your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability.
-Develop a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies.
-Develop your classroom management and behaviour management skills.
-Use a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress.
-Learn about the wider role of teachers in school.
-Learn about the way schools and the education system function.
-Apply your skills and knowledge in a school context.
-Develop your evaluation and critical reflection skills.
-Meet the QTS standards for teaching and achieve a PGCE which can be linked to further study at masters level.

With our PGCE you complete two contrasting placements in 11–16 or 11–18 settings This allows you to experience the full progression from Key Stages 3 to 5. In total you spend around 120 days on placement. While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from school based mentors and a university-trained mentor. We have placement links with a large number of schools and other institutions, and a third of our students are offered a teaching post in one of their placement schools.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/pgce-secondary-mathematics

School Direct

Apply for a place through the School Direct scheme for a dedicated route into a job after graduation. During School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you've applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is the expectation that you will be employed by them once qualified.
For more information visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/schooldirect

Course structure

Full time – 1 year. Starts September.

-Developing and reflecting on professional practice in secondary mathematics
-Learning and teaching in context in mathematics
-Block placement 1
-Block placement 2

Assessment: enquiry projects, individual and group work, presentations and reports, preparing teaching materials and plans, teaching practice.

Other admission requirements

You must also: successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership; complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in maths-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process: http://www.shu.ac.uk/selection-event/208

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page: http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/english-language-entry.html

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

Visit the PGCE Secondary Mathematics page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs. You must hold an honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of mathematics study. A good application includes: subject content – you may be advised about opportunities to develop your subject knowledge before starting the course, if this is considered appropriate; mature reflection on your own education and recent school experience. See course description for further admission details.

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