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DipHE Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE 18) course in Mathematics Education

Course description

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.

The government needs more mathematics teachers, so you might even be eligible to receive a bursary while on the course.

Work towards teacher-training at Sheffield Hallam
Successfully completing this SKE course enables you to enrol for our one-year PGCE in Mathematics (subject to passing the pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy). To be accepted onto this course you need to have already been successful in your application for a PGCE course.

Learn in a variety of ways and settings
This SKE course involves studying for one year at our City Campus, right in the heart of Sheffield. We help you to develop your subject knowledge and your confidence using a range of teaching and learning strategies and school visits. 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.

Other routes
Our two-week, non-accredited Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE1) Secondary Mathematics Education course could be a quick refresher if you’re a bit rusty.

Course structure

One year full-time

Typical modules may include

Semester one modules

• algebra, thinking, learning and research
• statistics for citizenship
• exploring existing knowledge
• mathematics systems and structures
• the pupil experience of learning maths
• professional standards 1

Semester two modules

• history of maths
• advanced mathematical systems and structures
• cross-curricular mathematical modelling
• enabling mathematical development
• professional standards 2


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 SKE 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).


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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)

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How to apply

To apply for this course contact please contact the admissions office. 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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