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CertHE Mathematics Education

If you are enthusiastic about maths and would like to teach it but don’t have all the qualifications to begin our maths PGCE, this course is the ideal stepping stone. This full time one-year (36-week), DfE Teaching Agency approved, subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course helps you to deepen your knowledge so that you are ready to train to teach maths.

Course length 1 Year
Location City Campus

Course description

This course enables you to develop your subject knowledge so that you can then move on to a programme of Initial Teacher Education, such as PGCE or School Direct.

The course increases your enthusiasm, confidence and proficiency in your own mathematics and helps you to develop the awareness and skills needed to teach across the secondary age range. Successfully completing it leads to a certificate in higher education.

The Mathematics Education Centre at Sheffield Hallam has a long established national reputation for providing subject knowledge enhancement for those pursuing secondary mathematics teaching as a career.

There are modules which allow you to extend existing mathematical knowledge, broadening your range of approaches to the subject with an emphasis on problem posing and problem solving. Mathematical creativity is encouraged and the use of new technologies is fully integrated into the course. Areas of content include a wide range of pure mathematics, mathematical modelling and historical perspectives on mathematics.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on group work. We aim to be both supportive and challenging and we adopt methods of teaching that promote active learning. Most sessions are based on a workshop style and incorporate practical work, discussion and an investigative approach to study.

You complete mostly subject-based study at degree level, with some work alongside pupils in schools. Teaching groups are small, between 15 and 35 students, and are conducted in a lively and supportive atmosphere.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

To be accepted onto subject knowledge enhancement course, applicants must have been offered a place on a course of initial teacher education. This may be

• a PGCE at Sheffield Hallam or another higher education institution

• a school direct/school direct salaried programme at Sheffield Hallam or another higher education institution

• another programme of initial teacher education leading to a recommendation of qualified teacher status

This subject knowledge enhancement course is designed to meet individual needs and we therefore consider a range of profiles for entry. You must have a degree awarded by a British university or a recognised equivalent qualification. You also need GCSE grades A to C in English language and mathematics or equivalent, and you should normally have studied mathematics at an advanced level or equivalent. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students whose first language is not English must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill or equivalent.

2018 entry requirements

To be accepted onto subject knowledge enhancement course, applicants must have been offered a place on a course of initial teacher education. This may be

• a PGCE at Sheffield Hallam or another higher education institution

• a school direct/school direct salaried programme at Sheffield Hallam or another higher education institution

• another programme of initial teacher education leading to a recommendation of qualified teacher status

This subject knowledge enhancement course is designed to meet individual needs and we therefore consider a range of profiles for entry. You must have a degree awarded by a British university or a recognised equivalent qualification. You also need GCSE grades A to C in English language and mathematics or equivalent, and you should normally have studied mathematics at an advanced level or equivalent. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students whose first language is not English must have IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill or equivalent.

Course structure

One year full-time

Typical modules may include

Year long modules

• the experience of learning mathematics
• problem solving through modelling
• practice in the context of learning and teaching

Semester one modules

• sets and matrices
• mathematics for meaning A

Semester two modules

• mathematics for meaning B
• development of mathematical thought

Assessment
  • coursework

Employability

Teaching maths is a great choice
Britain needs more maths teachers, so your chances of finding a good job when you graduate from teacher-training are very good.

If you’re still wondering if teaching is for you, we offer free three-day taster courses to give you all the information you need to make a decision. For more information e-mail m.j.greaves@shu.ac.uk

Alternatively, you can arrange your own informal experience in schools prior to applying.

Our excellent graduate employment record
We have a superb record for graduate employment: over 90% of our PGCE graduates are teaching or in further study within six months of graduating.

Many students gain employment in the region, thanks to our excellent links with over 600 placement partners. About a third of our students accept a job where they did a placement — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a job at a place that you already know.

What you’ll be teaching and to whom
Successfully completing this course qualifies you to take our PGCE course in mathematics (subject to passing the pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy). Once the PGCE is complete you can begin teaching maths at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-16) and 5 (16-18) as well as in the learning and skills sector (also called post-16 or post-compulsory education).

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

International student

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

To apply for this course contact admissions by phone 0114 225 5555 or e-mail admissions@shu.ac.uk

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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