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Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Develop subject knowledge in mathematics and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16 on this flexible free enhancement course for those with an offer of a place on our PGCE in Secondary Mathematics.


Course length: 8-28 weeks full-time
Start dates: May 2024
January 2025
February 2025
March 2025
April 2025
May 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
and Online study
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
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If you have applied to study on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University and require enhancement of your subject knowledge, then this course could be for you.

The aim of the course is to develop your subject knowledge in mathematics to prepare you to teach the conceptual and applied aspects of the subject effectively, with competence, enthusiasm and confidence, to learners aged 11-16 years. Trainees will be encouraged to prepare for teaching A Level topics where appropriate.

Different programmes are available and the most suitable structure for you will depend on the mathematical content of your degree. The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee.

The programme has six intakes per year. These include an 8-week course starting in July, a 16-week course starting in April, and a 28-week course starting in January.

What you'll study

If you have a degree in a mathematically related area or a degree which contains a small amount of mathematical study alongside other subjects, then this course will be suitable for you prior to a Secondary Mathematics PGCE. It is designed for applicants without a breadth and depth of mathematical study in their degree who may need to improve their subject knowledge as a condition of entry to the PGCE. The actual length of the course depends on your qualifications and experience and will be discussed as part of the interview process.

The course is designed to address subject knowledge gaps in/around:

  • Number: structure and calculation; fractions, decimals and percentages; measures and accuracy.
  • Algebra: notation, vocabulary and manipulation; graphs; solving equations and inequalities; sequences.
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and Measures: properties and constructions; mensuration and calculation; vectors.
  • Probability.
  • Statistics.
  • Develop an understanding of the connections that exist between topics in mathematics.

How you'll study

The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect your individual needs. The course is divided into individual units, each requiring 50 hours of learning time, normally within a space of two weeks. This learning will be a blend of face-to-face sessions, online learning, and supported self-study, with at least one evening a week on campus.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

There are no formal examinations. You will build a reflective portfolio from directed activities.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS (11-16) at Edge Hill University. A Level Mathematics (or equivalent) is also required.

Completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course may form part of your offer conditions for a place on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS (11-16). Please note, however, that completion of this subject knowledge enhancement course does not necessarily qualify you for a place on the PGCE unless this is made clear at the time the offer is made. This will be discussed with you if you are called for an interview.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Apply for all 2024 dates.

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Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

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Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

Free of charge

for the course

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement course which is funded by the Department for Education.

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