Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics


Course Length:2 weeks per unit of face-to-face and online study
Start Dates:October 2016, January 2017, August 2017, October 2017, January 2018, August 2018
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Develop subject knowledge in Mathematics and prepare to teach the subject effectively to learners aged 11-16;
  • Study on a programme specifically for applicants with a place on a PGCE;
  • Benefit from flexible online study with at least one day a month on campus.
  • No tuition fees – the programme is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

If you want to teach Mathematics, but have an insufficient level of subject knowledge in your degree to gain entry to a PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS, then our Subject Knowledge Enhancement 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.

The course structure and length will be flexible to reflect the needs of each individual trainee.

Faculty of Education

Course in Depth

What will I 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, this course may be for you. 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. There is a minimum requirement of at least an A-level in Mathematics for entry to this course.

The actual length of the course depends on your qualifications and experience, and will be determined at an interview at the University. We will contact you to arrange this session shortly after we receive your application.

The course is designed to achieve the following:

  • Address gaps in your subject knowledge;
  • Develop your enthusiasm for working mathematically and to see yourself as a mathematician;
  • Inspire yourself to promote learning in mathematics that is challenging and engaging for all students;
  • Identify and build upon your prior learning and develop your capacity for future self study;
  • Understand how mathematics is used in society;
  • Develop an understanding of the connections that exist between topics in mathematics;
  • Develop your use of appropriate technology in teaching and learning.

How will I 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.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations. You will build a reflective portfolio from directed activities. Satisfactory completion of the portfolio and all directed activities is required to gain entry to the PGCE course. There is no direct teaching of mathematics subject knowledge within the PGCE so acceptable subject knowledge is a prerequisite.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

You may apply for the course if you have been offered a place on a PGCE at a Higher Education institution in England, or if you are in the process of applying for the PGCE Secondary Mathematics with QTS at Edge Hill University. Subject to availability, applicants from other providers will normally have a condition from their provider to obtain a place on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.


Tuition Fees

There are currently no tuition fees for this subject knowledge enhancement programme which is funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.


How to Apply

Apply directly to Edge Hill University.

Download the application form (pdf).

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme, please call 01695 584796 or email

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Course Changes

This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented since 1st September 2015.

No material changes have been made to the information for this course since 1st September 2015. Any future amends will be tracked here.