PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:GX11
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2019, September 2020
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
Clearing & Adjustment:Places Available
  • Excellent quality teaching and learning opportunities with tutors at the cutting edge of national developments in Mathematics secondary education;
  • Individually-tailored support.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

This comprehensive programme incorporates the very latest curriculum requirements and offers you the chance to learn from leading experts in Mathematics teacher training. You will strengthen your subject knowledge and boost your personal and professional ICT skills, ensuring you are at the cutting edge of teaching and learning.

The programme aims to develop reflective and analytical skills as well as providing practical experience in planning effective lessons and learning strategies. Hands-on classroom experience provides opportunities to further deepen your own subject knowledge.

If you have a degree in Mathematics or a related subject and want to develop the numeric and problem-solving abilities of secondary school pupils aged 11 to 16, this is the programme is for you.

Student and Alumni Profiles

  • Rob Hosker

    PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
    The course, in short, has given me the opportunity to teach my subject for a living. I've now secured my first post at an excellent local school, thanks in no small part to the excellent support Edge Hill provided.
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  • Beth Kearns

    PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS
    As I approach the end of the course I’m glad to say that I’ve secured my first teaching post in an 11–16 school, so I’m really looking forward to starting as a newly qualified teacher.
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In Depth

What will I study?

You will start with an extensive subject knowledge and understanding audit. This will identify your main strengths and areas for development, and enable your tutor to focus on your individual development needs.

During 12 weeks of study on campus, you’ll develop:

  • Knowledge of essential educational theory;
  • Awareness of appropriate and innovative teaching and assessment methods, including whole-class teaching, group work, practical work and the use of computers and calculators;
  • Strategies to encourage trainees’ numeric development, including oral and mental Mathematics, and the importance of correct numeric terminology;
  • Understanding of the curriculum and current teaching practice;
  • Ability to plan lessons effectively;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the latest ICT tools and software used for both personal benefit and as a teaching tool;
  • Stronger subject knowledge;
  • Wider awareness of your role within the teaching profession through study of professional values.

How will I study?

A combination of academic study, group discussion and reflection, and practical, work-based learning in the classroom will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a creative and innovative teacher. The programme aims to develop a reflective and critically analytical approach to education.

You will spend 26 weeks on placement in schools and colleges, putting your training into practice through assisting with and taking responsibility for classes, and working alongside mentors and peers to further your professional development. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident in the classroom.

How will I be assessed?

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against academic criteria at Level 7 and the QTS Standards. Various other tasks will enable you to show your competence in ICT and other areas of Mathematics.

Before the end of your PGCE you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Who will be teaching me?

Tutors at the forefront of national developments within secondary education, who write Mathematics schemes for national publication and have an excellent reputation for training high quality professionals.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 130 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The Faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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SMA4010Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Mathematics (30 credits)

Developing Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy in Mathematics prepares you to become an outstanding teacher with the desire and capability to continually improve your subject knowledge and pedagogy in order to enhance the learning of pupils throughout your future teaching career. The module has a joint academic and professional focus and is centred on strands such as enhancing your subject knowledge, developing curriculum knowledge, examining subject pedagogy and its application to practice, linking your training to school improvement via dissemination in placement settings, and critically reflecting on practice.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SMA4011Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Mathematics (30 credits)

Planning for Effective Teaching and Learning in Mathematics enables you to consider effective teaching in mathematics through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of mathematics in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SMA4012Research and Practice in Mathematics (30 credits)

Research and Practice in Mathematics provides an opportunity to individualise and extend your learning through engagement with areas of particular interest, expertise and/or identified areas for development within mathematics education. The module will enable you to engage in relevant classroom-based research in order to make informed judgements and decisions which impact on teaching and learning. These research outcomes will not only improve your individual practice but will also benefit the educational settings in which the research is conducted. The module presents the scope for this research to take place in a variety of educational settings and to reflect current and emerging educational policies and initiatives.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SRP4001Reflective Professional Practice (30 credits)

Reflective Professional Practice clearly links reflective based practice with theory to engage you with the main areas of debate within the evolving policies and practices of the educational world and enable you to apply what you learn from this to your practice. The aim is for you to become a reflective practitioner in line with the Teachers’ Standards (2012). The module will encourage you to apply and develop your understanding of the links between professional development and theory while also consolidating within you the holistic professionalism of a training teacher.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SRP4002Professional Practice 1 (30 credits)

Professional Practice 1 is a school-based module which introduces you to practical aspects of the role of a teacher. The focus initially is on observation and supporting teaching and learning as you engage in teaching commitments in line with your individual training needs. You will progress to undertake approximately 50% of a full teaching timetable and develop responsibilities for planning, teaching and assessing learners. Regular self-target setting and reflection, supported by practice-based mentors, are key features of the module.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

SRP4003Professional Practice 2 (30 credits)

Professional Practice 2 provides a final phase to your professional practice in a different educational setting to that of your previous placement. The module takes place in a school which will provide the necessary progression and consolidation of your skills as you undertake approximately 70% of a full teaching timetable. The aim is for you to become autonomous in your needs and targets, ready to graduate as a Newly Qualified Teacher.


Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

120 academic credits are studied on the programme in total, in addition to 60 ungraded credits for the Professional Practice modules.

Timetables

Timetables for your induction week are normally available in August prior to enrolment. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your induction week. While we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this PGCE, you will be expected to have:

  • A first or second class Honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification) which has a proportion of mathematical content (exceptions may be made and enhancement routes are available);
  • An A Level in Mathematics (or equivalent qualification);
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification);
  • Satisfactory levels of Information and Communications Technology competence;
  • A commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

For September 2019 entry only, you are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

English Language Requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you want to teach Mathematics but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, then our subject knowledge enhancement course in Mathematics could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.

Some offers will be conditional upon completing a subject knowledge enhancement course but the enhancement programme does not necessarily qualify you for a place on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics (Age Phase 11-16) with QTS 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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you to gain QTS and progress onto employment as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) of Mathematics at secondary school level.

Our proactive careers service can help you to find job vacancies and offers in-depth advice on teacher job applications and interviews, to help you secure work.

Teaching is a rewarding job and there are many ways in which you could progress in your career, either in the classroom or in a leadership role. For more information, see www.education.gov.uk.

Finance

Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20, the tuition fee will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 are £13,000.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2020/21, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £13,250.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20 can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20 may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this PGCE in academic year 2019/20, you may be eligible to receive a bursary worth £20,000 if you have a first class, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree, or if you have successfully completed a PhD or Masters award. You may also be eligible to receive additional early-career payments of £5,000 in both your third and fifth years of teaching, subject to teaching in state-funded schools in England, following completion of your PGCE. Enhancements to these early-career payments may be offered if you teach in specified areas in England.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2019/20, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2019/20 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgcefinance2019.

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time PGCE students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS Teacher Training at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucasteachertraining to find out more about the application process.

Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

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 www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of PGCEs before you apply, you can order a PGCE prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/pgceprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

If you would like to talk to the programme leader about the course in more detail, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

Course Changes

Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

18th July 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

Professional Skills Tests have been removed from the entry criteria for September 2020 entry onwards. Details of the replacement for the tests are still to be announced, however they will be benchmarked against a defined set of English and Mathematics skills that students will be expected to have by the end of the course (rather than at the point of entry).

The Professional Skills Tests remain part of the entry requirements for September 2019 entry in line with Government policy.

28th March 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

The wording of the entry criteria around demonstrating an interest in teaching has been revised to remove reference to time spent in schools. The revised wording states that applicants are expected to have a commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.