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PGCE Secondary Education, Mathematics


Course Description

Introduction

The Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education is a one academic year (36 week) course that trains graduates to be secondary school teachers of Mathematics.

If you need to boost your subject knowledge before starting the course you can do a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. You can only apply to do this after receiving an offer of a place on the PGCE.

The PGCE in Secondary Initial Teacher Education Mathematics programme has been designed to train teachers for the full secondary age phase (11-18). Trainees are assessed against the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in two key stages, normally KS3 and KS4. In the first half of the autumn term, some trainees may seek to change this to Key Stage 4 and post-16, this will be subject to discussion with the Programme Leader.

If you have an infectious enthusiasm for mathematics and enjoy working with young people then we are looking for people just like you! The ability to interpret numbers, calculate, handle statistical information and problem solve are essential skills in everyday adult life - you could help young people acquire these skills. We need mathematics teachers who can motivate, inspire, challenge and communicate their passion for mathematics. The PGCE Secondary Mathematics course at UWE will support you in becoming a confident, competent, reflective mathematics teacher.

The PGCE Secondary Mathematics course is active and practical allowing trainees to develop professional competence through work undertaken in schools and in the University. Trainees work with young people, develop their expertise in their specialist subject area, share and discuss educational issues and study relevant educational research. The PGCE Secondary Education Mathematics course is just the beginning of what we hope will be a process of continual professional development throughout a challenging and rewarding career.

For up to date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

Content

Throughout the course you will:
- engage in interesting and challenging mathematical starting points, reflecting on your own work and the nature of mathematical activity
- consider how learning environments appropriate to learners of all abilities can be created
- focus on specific issues related to the mathematics classroom, for example, the National Curriculum, numeracy, ICT and mathematics, special educational needs, differentiation and progression, the cross-cultural nature of mathematics, pupil assessment, language, and the teaching of mathematics at post-16 level
- explore strategies for the effective management of learners and resources, including ICT, in the classroom situation
- consider different teaching and learning styles, for example whole-class interactive teaching, problem solving, practical and investigative activity
- use your ability and initiative to create starting points which enable traditional areas of mathematics to be explored in interesting ways
- critically evaluate existing resources for mathematics, including computer software
- work at enhancing your own knowledge and understanding in mathematics and ICT with respect to the National Curriculum, National Strategy, and the 14-19 curriculum, including AS/A2 level

If you have the knowledge and the passion to teach Mathematics then this PGCE course is for you.

Study facilities

The Department of Education provides a pleasant environment in which to study. Its modern, purpose-built facilities provide high quality teaching rooms with state-of-the-art technology available. The department has excellent IT facilities and houses an Open Learning Area with the latest equipment including an interactive whiteboard, CD burners, scanners and a range of equipment that can be booked out and borrowed, including digital cameras and laptops, with friendly staff on hand to help when needed.

You will access to a well stocked mathematics section of the resources centre that has a range of resources and equipment including videos, calculators, structural apparatus, computers, books and mathematical journals, house networked PCs and a variety of stand alone computers. Mathematics teaching staff and technicians are on hand for help and support.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whyuwe/fantasticfacilities

Open Events

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatson/opendays/postgraduateopendays.aspx

Visit the PGCE Secondary Education, Mathematics page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!



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