Candidates should note that the majority of schools in the Southampton partnership serve 11-16 cohorts but opportunities are available to suitably qualified trainees to gain post-16 experience in schools offering the 11-18 range. You should also note that Qualified Teacher Status is awarded for the 11-16 age range, but our trainees are regularly appointed to posts in the 11-18 sector for their NQT year.
The course aims to prepare students to teach mathematics within the framework of the National Curriculum and beyond. Attention is focused on communicating mathematics, on current issues in mathematics education today and how these are reflected in schools.
Opportunities are given for critical consideration of the nature and process of learning mathematics and the consequences of this for classroom teaching and learning. In a combined effort from the University and our partnership schools to develop your subject knowledge in mathematics through a range of approaches, we offer workshops, seminars, lectures and micro-teaching activities, independent and group research, together with a critical view of the practical implications of the wide range of teaching resources currently available; published schemes, worksheets, calculators and software packages.
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- To help you become aware of the place of Mathematics in Britain’s schools.
- To prepare for planning, teaching and assessing pupils' learning within the National Curriculum and, more broadly, the Secondary Curriculum.
- To encourage you to think critically about the nature and processes of subject teaching and learning.
- To enable you to explore a range of teaching styles and methods, to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses in order to develop your own methodology and set of teaching skills.
- To support you in your personal and professional development, to work with pupils and colleagues in our partner schools and beyond.
Applications are made centrally online through UCAS Teacher Training (UTT), rather than direct to the University. You can also monitor the progress of your application from this site.
Before applying, you should read the National Curriculum for Mathematics and the Teachers' Standards. You should also ensure that you will meet the criteria set out under Entry Requirements.
On successful completion, you will have gained not only your PGCE, but have attained Qualified Teacher Status. This is the accreditation that enables you to teach in state-maintained and special schools in England and Wales
For further information on this programme, email the ITE office or telephone: 023 8059 2413. You can find general information on teaching as a career, including the criteria for QTS, on the Department for Education website.
Programme tutor: Ros Hyde
The Southampton Education School works in partnership with a total of over 100 local schools and colleges across the region.
The course at Southampton provides you with a very firm foundation for your teaching career. We have high employment rates from the course and many trainees are actually employed in our partnership schools.
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||GCSE in Mathematics and in English Language at grade C or above, or the equivalent qualifications. This is a government requirement, and ‘equivalent qualifications’ are as designated by the PGCE admissions team (IELTS qualifications are not considered equivalent)|
To apply direct for the one-year PGCE course, you will need either a mathematics degree or a degree with substantial mathematics content, for example engineering or similar.
If you have a good A level in mathematics but minimal or no mathematics content in your degree, you will need to take Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) prior to the PGCE. For further advice please contact the PGCE mathematics team.
Trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course which starts after 1 July 2013 will be required to have passed the skills tests before starting the course. The registration and booking system will be available from 17 September 2012.
For further information visit the Department for Education site here.
You will be selected for interview based on the following criteria:
- your application shows that you have appropriate subject knowledge
- it shows that experience has been gained in a school/college or working with young people
- it is well written and persuasive.
Prior to interview candidates are asked to undertake at least 0.5 day of observation in secondary mathematics classrooms and discussion with current teachers. At interview candidates are asked to:
- do a brief presentation on an aspect of mathematics teaching which they find interesting, suitable for 14-16 year olds
- complete some GCSE examination questions across the range of topics
The following selection criteria will be applied at interview
- good subject knowledge and/or ability to learn further
- good knowledge of educational issues and a strong sense of the professional demands
- good interpersonal skills and an ability to communicateeffectively (oral and written)
A good academic reference must also be provided from your most recent university or college or from an employer (where you have been away from studying for some time).
All places offered will be conditional on enhanced DBS and health checks.
Please note, applicants cannot be registered on any other course from September of the year of entry (this includes PhDs and Masters degrees).
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Typical course content
The full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Mathematics is an intensive one year course.
Two-thirds of your time will be spent in schools (minimum of 120 days) with the remainder spent at the University with a full programme of lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend time in real classrooms during your school experience. You will gradually be introduced into whole class teaching; initially it is likely that you will observe lessons and work with small groups of pupils. The expectation though is that you will quickly develop the skills and confidence to work with whole classes, with the support of your school-based mentor.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide
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