Mathematics is a core subject within the secondary curriculum. It encompasses the study of number, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability and statistics. These are all important elements of the mathematics curriculum and at Leicester we strive to ensure you become an effective practitioner of mathematics education with the ability to excite and engage pupils.
You will learn from some of the best practitioners in the field and, with their support, learn how to become an effective practitioner. The programme will cover all areas of the National Curriculum for Mathematics, and will also address national testing, extra curricular learning opportunities and your own professional development.
PCGE Secondary Mathematics aims to:
- Broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of mathematics for teaching purposes;
- Develop your understanding and insight into the ways in which mathematics is learned and potential difficulties;
- Provide an informed and critical view of National Curriculum requirements;
- Provide up-to-date knowledge and experience of curriculum materials, developments in assessment and examinations, and the potential of technology;
- Provide a broad range of teaching and learning methods to cater for a full range of pupils; and
- Develop your skills in planning, communication, assessment, recording and evaluation.
The mathematics subject specialism will cover a variety of areas including:
- The mathematics curriculum;
- Lesson planning;
- Subject knowledge: approaches to teaching and learning, including common misconceptions;
- Teaching mathematics using technology;
- Communicating mathematically;
- Differentiating to enable all pupils to reach their potential;
- Teaching approaches to support problem solving; and
- Maths outside the classroom.
Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examinations.
Applications are welcome from applicants with good qualifications in their mathematics qualifications at GCSE and AS/A level (or equivalent) and at honours degree level. All applicants must have achieved a Grade A or equivalent in Mathematics and a Grade C in English Language at GCSE.
Those applicants with joint or combined honours degrees in which Mathematics is a major subject are also welcome to apply.
Applicants with degrees in a range of academic backgrounds including engineering, economics and physics have previously made successful applications.
Applicants without mathematics as a substantial part of their degree may, in some circumstances, be able to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in lieu of the honours level mathematics.