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PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Gain qualified teacher status (QTS) as a teacher of mathematics working with pupils aged 11 to 18. Designed for graduates with a passion for mathematics, this course offers you the opportunity to acquire skills and experience to inspire and teach the next generation of children and young people about mathematics. Through academic study and teaching placements, you develop the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm needed to teach pupils with a range of abilities. Job prospects are good for qualified mathematics teachers and because it is a national priority subject you may be eligible to receive a bursary to train.

Course description

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for mathematics and inspire the next generation of children and young people.

This course enables you to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). It equips you to teach National Curriculum mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 and to teach mathematics at higher level Key Stage 4 and post-16.

Mathematics teachers are in high demand, so the employment prospects when you qualify are very good. Mathematics is a national priority subject so you could be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary whilst you train

During the course you develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to teach pupils of all abilities by

• enhancing your subject knowledge and skills
• learning to use relevant literature, research and educational theories relating to teaching mathematics and the wider curriculum
• building your confidence and enthusiasm to become a successful teacher of pupils at all levels of ability
• developing a wide range of interactive and engaging teaching strategies
• developing your classroom management and behaviour management skills
• using a variety of techniques for monitoring pupils' progress
• learning about the wider role of teachers in school
• learning about the way schools and the education system function
• understanding how to apply your skills and knowledge in a school setting
• developing your evaluation and critical reflection skills
• meeting the requirements of the Teachers' Standards

You will complete two periods of school-based training in 11–16 or 11–18 or post-16 settings. This allows you to experience the full progression through at least two key stages. In total you spend around 120 days on school-based training.

While on placement you benefit from excellent support and mentoring from a university-trained mentor. There are placement links with over 600 schools and other institutions and also partnerships with leading schools on the School Direct programme.

During the course, you will complete either the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PCE). Both qualifications will earn you Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), but the PGCE also gives you 60 academic credits towards a masters degree.

School Direct

On the School Direct route, the school or partnership of schools that you have applied to will be much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development. The university works directly with these schools to deliver the academic content of the qualification

For more information visit our School Direct page

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

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must hold an honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of mathematics study.

A good application includes

• subject content – you may be advised about opportunities to develop your subject knowledge before starting the course, if this is considered appropriate

• mature reflection on your own education and recent school experience.

You must also

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in maths-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. 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

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

2018 entry requirements

All applicants need GCSE mathematics and English language at grade C or above or equivalent*. We will consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining the relevant GCSEs.

You must hold an honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of mathematics study.

A good application includes

• subject content – you may be advised about opportunities to develop your subject knowledge before starting the course, if this is considered appropriate

• mature reflection on your own education and recent school experience.

You must also

• successfully complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership

• complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms

You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in maths-related or other educational activities.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements web page.

We welcome applications from people seeking a career change, and we actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education, in order to ensure that the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of contemporary UK society. 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

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Full-time – one year
Starts September

Typical modules may include

Modules

• developing and reflecting on subject knowledge and pedagogy in secondary mathematics • developing and reflecting on professional practice • school-based training 1 • school-based training 2

Assessment
  • enquiry projects
  • individual and group work
  • presentations and reports
  • preparing teaching materials and plans
  • teaching practice

Employability

We have an excellent graduate employment record. Over 96% per cent 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 school based training — and since you complete two placements, that increases your chances of being offered a employment at a school that you already know.

There is currently a national and regional shortage of mathematics teachers, so mathematics is a great subject choice for your PGCE.

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)

2017/18 academic year

Typically £9,250 for the course

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2018/19 academic year

£13,250 for the course

2017/18 academic year

Typically £13,250 for the course

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 visit UCAS Teacher Train

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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