The University of Wolverhampton

PGCESecondary Education Mathematics

Why choose this course?

If you want to become a mathematics teacher then this course will prepare you to work in schools and challenge you to deliver high quality lessons for all pupils.

You will have to possess a passion for mathematics and be able to work with all ranges of ability. The aim of the mathematics course is to develop thoughtful teachers, who can respond effectively to the learning needs of young people in school.

You must have the background and ability to contribute to the teaching of all mathematical topics at key stages 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum. We also provide the opportunity to be involved in primary and post-16 teaching enhancement.

Successful completion of the course will lead to the award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 credits towards a Masters.

What happens on the course?

  • Over the one year course, you undertake two periods of University-based learning at Walsall Campus, and you spend at least 120 days divided between two different school placements across the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase.
    • Your University tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high-quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.
  • All course modules provide examples of good practice in teaching which you will reflect upon as you develop your own teaching style - you will be expected to participate actively in your own learning and development
  • Teaching on the course reflects a variety of methodologies that will prepare you for life in the classroom including teacher-led debates, pupil-led exploration, peer-group discovery and the provision of individual targets
  • You will be assessed in a variety of ways including written assignments,classroom based investigation and other school-based activities, and appraisal of practical teaching skills.
  • Typical modules may include:
    • Observation of teaching, before undertaking ‘sheltered’ teaching activities, for example teaching parts of lessons or groups of pupils within a class
    • Progression to teaching single or short sequences of lessons
    • Further development through planned classroom activities
    • Development of teaching skills as you move to sustained sequences of lessons
    • Research in the University and school on the use of ICT in the teaching of your subject

PGCE: programme structure

  • 24 weeks of the PGCE course (which is a total of 36 weeks) will be spent in schools. You will have one school attachment during the autumn term and another (in a different school) in the spring/summer terms. Each placement is organised so that it starts with time in the school and at University.
  • Your University Tutor is available to assist you throughout your training, and every effort is made to ensure you have a high quality school placement, where you can learn from experienced teachers.
  • We try to take your geographical location into account when placing you in schools. The University based elements of the course take place at the Walsall Campus.
  • The course starts in September and ends in June: this is the quickest and most condensed way for non-experienced trainees to qualify.
  • At least 120 days of your PGCE will be spent in schools. The requirements of teacher training mean that you must experience two different schools, and so two different placements are arranged by the university.
  • The course comprises of a two day professional placement in mixed subject groups, two extended school placements in your subject specialism and two periods of University-based teaching – September to October; January to February. The programme also includes a short Primary school placement and additional opportunities for a range of enhancements for example experience of special educational needs and teaching pupils with English as an additional language.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • One of Britain's largest and most established providers of teacher education. A national survey conducted by the Centre for Education and Employment Research has ranked Wolverhampton as the second most successful UK Higher Education Institute for graduate teacher training employment
  • State of the art Education and Teaching building with teaching rooms fitted with interactive whiteboards, two lecture theatres as well as social learning areas and a coffee shop.
  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.
  • Access to regular Professional Skills Test Support.

Career path

  • The PGCE Secondary School Teaching leads to qualified teacher status, and allows you to take up a teaching post within a secondary school
  • In secondary schools you could move up and across the management structure to gain responsibility for:
    • a particular subject as head of department, faculty or curriculum
    • a particular age group as head of year or key stage coordinator
    • a particular area such as special education needs or pastoral care (ie personal guidance)
  • Ultimately, you could progress to a senior management position such as a deputy or assistant head and, of course, headteacher - at which point you will have overall responsibility for the management of a school and the education its pupils receive
  • · Following successful completion of this award, you could also use your 60 Masters-level credits towards any of our Masters degrees in the field of education which can be continued within your NQT year.

What skills will you gain?

  • If you are successful you will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and you will be prepared to teach pupils in the 11-16 age range within the secondary age phase with primary and post-16 enhancement.
  • The course will provide you with an excellent start to your teaching career as you experience teaching mathematics in two separate secondary schools, working with trained school-based tutors to aid your development. Completion of the course will award Qualified Teacher Status along with 60 Masters-level credits.
  • Become a critical reflective teacher with high levels of subject knowledge and a wide understanding of educational theory and practice.

  • Professional skills required to achieve outstanding results in relation to student progress including data analysis, communication, lesson planning and assessment methods.

  • Access to high quality, bespoke subject knowledge enhancement courses.

Who accredits this course?

    • This course leads to the professional qualification of QTS – Qualified Teacher Status. The University will recommend students who have demonstrated competence in the Professional Standards to the Teaching Agency – who will award QTS.
    • The award of QTS is essential to teach in a school in the United Kingdom and on gaining this award the student becomes a qualified teacher.

Entry requirements

  • A degree in mathematics or a highly relevant degree with a significant amount of mathematics
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in your own mathematical subject knowledge If you don't quite match the entry requirements above, a six-month subject enhancement programme is also available. See for more details
  • You should have recent experience of teaching and learning in secondary school or sixth form contexts either through paid employment in school/college or through voluntary work/ observation OR be in the process of arranging to gain this.
  • GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and mathematics (level two numeracy or literacy are not equivalent). Please be aware that not all equivalency tests are accepted, if you unsure please contact our Admissions Department for clarification.

Interview and Selection

  • Once your application has been forwarded to subject staff, your suitability is individually assessed. If you appear suitable, you will be offered an interview where you are required to sit a short subject specific interview/ examination.
  • The main purpose of the interview is to:
    • give you an insight into the nature of the course, the teaching profession and to assess your commitments to it
    • explore your subject strengths and areas for development
    • assess your ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English
    • arrange a partnership school visit as necessary
    • answer all of your questions

Please view for further information regarding interview preparation

Pre-entry Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses which begin in 2015/16 are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Further information is available on the Department for Education website.

You will not be eligible to register and take the tests until after you have submitted an application for an ITT programme. Those applicants who satisfy the above entry requirements AND who have passed both tests may be offered an interview before applicants who are still to complete the tests.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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