University of Worcester Mathematics (GX11)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available if you’re eligible
Qualification
PGCE with QTS

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx

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About the course

This popular course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills required of a specialist subject teacher of Mathematics working with students across the full secondary age and attainment range, including Post-16. You will develop your knowledge of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5. You will explore effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessing mathematics and participate in lively discussions about current issues within mathematics education.

All subject sessions at university are delivered in a seminar format, which enables good practice to be exemplified in a supportive environment. Subject mentors in partner schools will continue to help you to develop and refine your practical teachings skills including lesson planning, assessment and feedback. Employment prospects at the end of the course are excellent locally and further afield.

Sessions in university focusing on developing young peoples’ Financial Literacy and cross-curricular links with Modern Foreign Languages provide unique opportunities to apply mathematics teaching and learning in a range of different contexts. Our close connection with the local Maths Hub network means that there are a number of additional opportunities available to you, including Mathematics Teachmeet events and conferences.

Students joining the course come with a range of prior experience and expertise, thus enriching the discussion in subject sessions.

A mathematics subject knowledge enhancement course is available to anyone who would benefit from updating their mathematics knowledge prior to starting the PGCE. This will be discussed with you at interview.

If you believe that every child can succeed in learning mathematics, are enthusiastic about mathematics and have the capacity to work hard, we would like to receive an application from you.

Visit our website to find out more: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/courses/pgce-secondary-mathematics

Age range: You will be trained to teach 11-16 with post 16 enhancement.

Career opportunities: An integral part of the course is to support you in gaining a post as a teacher. Each year around 50% of our trainees gain employment in our partnership schools. Early Career Teachers have one of the highest employment rates of all graduates and are very much in demand. Employment rates over the past 5 years have consistently been 95%+. At the end of the course, we will support you in your transition from the PGCE year into your first teaching post, and beyond.

School placements

We work with a range of school through the West Midlands region. The school you are placed in will be within commuting distance. The University will select your placement schools.

The course is designed with periods in University. University sessions are split between subject sessions and professional study sessions. Sessions also give you the opportunity to reflect on your future development. Former trainees have made positive comments on the balance between time in university and school, the carefully structured sessions, tutors’ commitment to supporting trainees and trainees supporting each other including sharing good practice.

In each school you will be supported by a Professional Mentor, as well as your Subject Mentor. Their job is to see that you get as much out of your teaching placements as possible and provide you with support and guidance. At interview you may meet teachers from our partnership schools as they take part in the selection process alongside University tutors.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.

University of Worcester equivalency tests are available. Please contact admissionsb@worc.ac.uk or visit https://www.worcester.ac.uk/study/find-a-course/how-to-apply/equivalency-tests.aspx for further information.

Personal qualities

We are looking for trainee teachers who are:

  • Resilient, supportive professionals with strong values and high standards of personal conduct.
  • Effective communicators who collaborate to support wider educational opportunities.
  • Ambitious participants who are creative and informed intellectuals and promote a love of learning.
  • Confident and critically reflective practitioners motivated to continuingly improve practice.
  • Highly-skilled and inspirational subject/phase specialists committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and educational progress of all learners.

School experience is desirable, but not essential. At interview we will discuss relevant experience and any opportunities you have had to work with school-aged children.

Other requirements

Health and Physical Capacity to Teach: The DfE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach.

DBS: All entrants to ITE programmes will be subject to appropriate pre-selection checks, including an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service), criminal records checks and children’s barred list information.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

If you are in receipt of a bursary, you would be responsible for your own travel costs.

We organise occasional visits to increase subject knowledge. Travel costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing. In addition there is sometimes a fee but this is not normally more than £20 in total.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

About the training provider

The University of Worcester has a long-standing reputation for training excellent, highly employable teachers. Personalised academic and professional tutoring, from a range of experienced tutors and mentors, ensures that you will be supported throughout your course and in transition from trainee to teacher. With extensive research profiles, your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

You will benefit from our excellent partnerships with schools, in a wide range of locations. With excellent support and dedicated school experience tutors, you will have the opportunity to flourish as an effective teacher.

Our PGCE courses offer Master’s-level credits as well as Qualified Teacher Status, and provide excellent opportunities.

Our Primary courses include a high quality tailored programme of training in all National Curriculum subjects, in addition to SEND and RE.

Trainee teachers at Secondary level can choose to add depth to their qualifications by involvement in additional enhancement activities in key areas such: as Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; working with learners who have English as an Additional Language; developing expertise in Citizenship; developing skills in a second STEM subject; preparing to be Education Leaders; developing skills in Technology Enhanced Learning; teenage mental health education; education in climate emergency; research in education.

At Secondary level we also offer pre-training Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in a range of subjects for those who need them.

Our inclusive courses attract applicants from a range of career and study backgrounds, including career changers and we welcome applications from all who meet our entry requirements.

Interview process

The selection process: Trainees are recruited through a rigorous selection process. The team consider the personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer an interview.

At interview, you will be asked to complete:

  • A timed written task based on Mathematics subject knowledge
  • A short presentation (details sent out with the interview invite)
  • A group task (currently interviews are conducted online and will not include a group task)
  • An interview with two people, usually a university tutor and a mentor from school

References: For your application, you will need two references which are submitted online.

International students

We can sponsor Student visas, but this is not guaranteed.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

The University of Worcester offers a wide range of support and advice to disabled students and also to parents, staff and those external agencies supporting disabled students.

Our Disability and Dyslexia Service offers support, advice and guidance to students who have a disability, medical condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD). This support lasts throughout a student’s studies at the University of Worcester. We also work with and offer support and advice to University staff on how to meet the needs of disabled students.

We can provide assistance through:

  • Supporting disabled students with general enquiries
  • Implementing special arrangements for lectures, exams and field trips. This might include notes in advance or special arrangements in exams.
  • Where appropriate, we can arrange note takers, academic support tutors, library assistance, interpreters and transcribers.
  • Help with applying for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which is there to fund these types of support in higher education.
  • Limited loans of equipment
  • Confidential advice and support for students and staff
  • Training and awareness raising workshops
  • Assistive technology

Contact this training provider

Email
admissionsb@worc.ac.uk
Telephone
01905 855111
Website
https://www.worcester.ac.uk/about/academic-schools/school-of-education/get-into-teaching-at-worcester/home.aspx
Address
Henwick Grove
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR2 6AJ

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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