This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the context of the contemporary education environment.
The final award is offered at two levels:
· Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE) – if all 120 academic credits gained at NQF level 6;
· Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), if 60 of the 120 credits gained at NQF level 7 (Masters).
Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award also allows fast-track entry onto a Master’s course.
Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by University-based lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials which explore:
· learning and teaching in mathematics;
· general issues that affect all teachers, such as inclusion and behaviour management.
Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in the UK and internationally. Trainees will develop an understanding of the nature of mathematics and its place in the National Curriculum, how pupils learn to think and reason mathematically and how to teach mathematics in such a way that learners enjoy it and choose to study it. The programme utilises a body of established knowledge in mathematics education, but also keeps you abreast of the latest developments. It prepares maths trainee teachers to teach the 11 to 16 age range, with opportunities to gain post-16 experience.