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PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Mathematics

Course Description

If you're passionate about mathematics, and want to share your knowledge in the classroom, then our PGCE is perfect for getting started as a secondary mathematics teacher. We'll develop your confidence in maths as well as your ability to help young learners understand and appreciate the beauty of the subject. You'll have the opportunity to work with many different groups of learners in various situations, helping them build their maths skills and understanding of how they apply the subject to real life.

You will study the teaching and learning of mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4, with some work on post-16 maths and the progression from primary school to Key Stage 3. Our highly-experienced teaching team will use a range of teaching methods to enhance your studies (particularly focusing on ICT), and by working closely with fellow students you'll share experiences and reflection to put your education into focus. We'll give you the skills and knowledge you need to make it as a highly successful maths teacher, so why not try a new and rewarding career in education?

Course outline

You'll begin by understanding the needs of individual learners, learning to notice, understand and implement key teaching strategies. Working with individual groups of pupils in school, you'll gradually building up to the teaching of whole classes in the second phase. This will involve fostering the appropriate levels of learning in pupils, corresponding to the requirements of the Teachers' Standard.

We believe that experience is not enough - what is vital is to be able to unpick and reflect on experiences. You'll deconstruct classroom learning activities into their constituent parts, and then build them up again and implement them in the classrooms. Your personal tutor will meet with you throughout the year to discuss your progress, and your subject mentor will support your development towards QTS at your placement. Most placements are in Cumbria or Lancashire, but some may be available in London, Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man.

Graduate destinations

This course can lead to a fulfilling career as a mathematics teacher at a secondary school. With qualified teacher status (QTS), you will be able to apply for positions immediately after graduation.

Other admission requirements

If you don't have an undergraduate degree but do have a Masters or other higher qualification, your application will be considered by our academic tutors on a one-to-one basis.

GCSE grade C or above in English language and mathematics or recognised equivalent qualifications. Preference will be given to those who hold these qualifications at the point of application and all successful applicants must have met this requirement by 31 July 2016.

Successful completion of the QTS skills test in literacy and numeracy by 31 July 2016. A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check prior to starting the course. Satisfactory Occupational Health medical check prior to starting the course

Evidence of a satisfactory level of literacy on the application form and a satisfactory personal statement. Evidence of motivation and appropriate professional values. A strong personal statement conveying an enthusiasm for the subject, for working with young people and for teaching and learning.

A satisfactory academic (University) or a satisfactory professional reference if it is more than 5 years since academic work.

Evidence of the potential to work at Masters level.

We strongly recommend that you obtain a minimum of 5 days secondary school experience in a mainstream UK secondary school observing a class in your chosen teaching specialism before applying.

At interview, all candidates undertake a range of tasks including a micro-teaching task; group discussions; individual interview; subject knowledge tests; and other written tasks as appropriate, including testing of literacy levels and the ability to think and write at Masters level.

There are currently no AP(E)L opportunities for entry to this programme.

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: Mathematics page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum UK 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent qualification is required. Your degree must contain evidence of a substantial and appropriate level of subject knowledge. See course description for further admission details.

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