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PGCE Mathematics Secondary Education

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  • Objectives
    This programme will enable you to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), equipping you with the skills you'll need to be an effective and efficient teacher of you subject at secondary level.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements Degree Applications are welcome from holders of a degree, at least half of which should normally be Mathematics or a Mathematics related subject. We will also consider other recognised equivalent qualifications. Entry to Teacher Training Entry to Teacher Training programmes is governed by the following regulations: All students must have passes at grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English or a recognised equivalent qualification. For Primary Education, applicants are also required to have Science at grade C or above. Students may in certain circumstances be allowed to sit a special test for one or both of Mathematics and English for secondary teacher training programmes. Access to this test is only available after a satisfactory interview. Students who intend to follow a programme of Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) after graduation are reminded that entry to all such programmes is also governed by these regulations. The latest requirements for initial teacher training include the requirements for a CRB check. Provision for medical assessments are based upon the DFEE Circular 8/92 and apply to all Education Programmes.
  • Academic Title
    PGCE Mathematics Secondary Education
  • Course description
    One strand of the programme, based in the university, gives you a grounding in theory and practical issues.

    A second strand, approximately two thirds of the programme, involves active participation in school and college placements. The focus is on the professional application of the teaching and learning process in the 11-18 age range. Your teaching experience will be organised by the School Placement Officer.

    All applicants to this course are required to have undergone the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure process prior to commencement of study on their chosen programme. Presently the CRB levy a cost of £36 for processing of each enhanced disclosure.

    Applicants are also required to complete a medical pro forma.

    The provision of DES Circular 9/93 concerning the disclosure of criminal convictions of those with access to children apply to all Education programmes.

    Course Content

    Year 1
    The Professional Year
    The programme comprises academic modules and work-based learning with the option of doing up to 60 credits at Masters level as an integrated part of the programme.

    September - January

        * 1 academic module covering generic teaching/learning issues and subject application. 2 days in university, 3 days in school, 7 weeks in total.
        * 1 teaching practice in a secondary school or college of approximately 6 weeks full-time.
        * 1 elective Masters level module.

    January - June

        * 1 academic module building upon work done earlier and generic teaching/learning and subject application, 2 days a week.
        * 1 teaching practice of approximately 10 weeks - full-time placement.
        * 1 option module which can be at Masters level.

    Teaching and Assessment

    Work-based learning and teaching placements form the core of the programme, supported by seminars and tutorials, lectures, project and group work.

    Assessment is based on written assignments, evidence profiles and assessment of teaching practice.

    Work Experience

    The main part of the programme is spent in at least two partner schools or colleges. All PGCE students will spend a minimum of 120 days in a secondary school or college. See (*Structure of the Professional Year.)

    Career Opportunities

    As a holder of Qualified Teacher Status, you will be able to undertake secondary teaching posts throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. There are very good employment prospects for those completing the Mathematics PGCE programme.

    Most trainees who complete the programme go on to obtain employment as mathematics teachers. An induction period of one year or equivalent, in a recognised school, is necessary for employment in a school in England.

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