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The award
PGCE

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
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All study options

About PGCE Secondary Mathematics at Bath Spa University

Become a secondary Maths teacher through our Ofsted Outstanding rated programme.

  • Learn from up-to-date practitioners on this practical, theoretical and challenging programme.
  • Become a confident and effective teacher in line with National Curriculum requirements.
  • Enjoy excellent employment prospects - good Maths teachers are always in demand.

Developed in partnership with schools, this Ofsted Outstanding-rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring Maths teacher. We have shaped the programme to suit your needs as you become attuned to the learning environment of the classroom. Our partner schools maintain equally high standards.

Our full time programme lasts for approximately 40 weeks, and you'll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme, you'll be provided with an excellent support network through tutorials, visiting speakers, and partner schools and settings.

What you'll learn

Overview

This one-year PGCE with QTS will teach you about life in the classroom. You'll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice in order to improve your teaching and pupils' learning, and you'll gain skills to plan and teach your subject successfully, helping all pupils to reach their full potential.

Pupils' learning is at the heart of the programme. We'll focus on teaching methods that allow pupils to explore Mathematics and develop as independent learners. You'll learn how to manage a class and develop a mix of whole class teaching, small group, collaborative work and independent learning strategies. Differentiation is strongly emphasised - you'll plan and provide for requirements of pupils of differing abilities and needs.

You'll have many opportunities to observe excellent practice, working alongside teachers and pupils in a wide range of school settings. In addition to the focus at Key Stages 3 and 4, you'll gain an insight into Key Stage 5 teaching. University training supports and complements your work in schools. You'll benefit from sessions led by not only academic staff but a wide range of Mathematics practitioners.

You'll graduate as a fully qualified teacher, with the essential skills and confidence that you need to become an effective and reflective Maths teacher. The programme also offers 60 level 7 credits with the chance to continue to a full Master's degree during your first year of teaching.

University training

The programme provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. During the first University phase we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. All sessions are highly practical, with you developing your own understanding and subject knowledge. You will gain early experience of teaching within a secondary setting to quickly put theoretical skills into practice. During the second University phase, we respond to the emerging needs from the first placement and further develop subject knowledge.

School training

The School phases are with two different partner schools. The first six-week phase is before Christmas and the second fourteen-week phase runs from February. In addition to the school placements, we work with a range of partner schools to offer a variety of school experiences. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio
  • School phase reports and observations
  • Professional development activities
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

How will I be taught?

As the programme is practical, most of the University sessions can be thought of as workshops. We consider issues related to the engagement and motivation for the learning of Mathematics and prepare you to be active participants in the Mathematics education community through networking and engaging with various projects locally, nationally and internationally. We consider how a child's learning progresses, develops and depends on enthusiastic teaching of the subject, and how teaching styles can aid this. We visit local classrooms to gain insight into these aspects of Maths education and to test the ideas developed.

ICT plays a major part in teaching mathematics in schools so you are given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of mathematics-specific software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • Tutorials at key points across the year
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working
  • Independent learning
  • Peer support
  • Developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • Blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva)
  • Observation of teachers' (including other Bath Spa Teachers') practice
  • Professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Opportunities

Careers

All PGCE courses culminate in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This enables qualified Bath Spa Teachers to apply for a wider range of teaching posts and other education based employment.

This PGCE programme produces high calibre teachers with the relevant skills, knowledge, understanding and experiences necessary to enter a career in teaching.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

As a Bath Spa Teacher you'll learn in a variety of locations. Sometimes you'll be on one of our campuses, other times you'll study at one of our Partner Schools.

University teaching takes place in rooms equipped with relevant texts, equipment, training materials and electronic resources.

Resources

You'll have access to a range of facilities including Newton Park Library and Commons.

Open access computer facilities are available. The University's Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) provides remote access to a wide range of resources.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPGCEHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £9,250 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £12,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

You'll need to be suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically. We look for committed individuals with a professional approach and an exceptional work ethic. You'll need to be organised, flexible and unflappable, as well as being able to communicate, interact and relate well to everyone. When entering the teaching profession, having strong emotional resilience and a sense of humour will give you the edge.

Academic requirements

In order to apply you'll need to have completed, or be in the final year of a UK degree (or an equivalent qualification). You're required to have a 2.2 honours degree or above in Mathematics or a related subject with at least 50% suitable maths content. In addition you need A-Level Maths.

You'll also need GCSE passes at grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and mathematics. In addition, for some Secondary programmes you are also required to have an A-level in the subject.

If you want to teach maths but are unsure if you have the necessary subject knowledge then you may be recommended to take the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course. This is a 28-week intensive course which aims to develop a deep understanding of all school mathematics with the potential to teach up to A-level standard.

Non-academic requirements

The love of and competency in maths is one of the most important aspects of being a good maths teacher. You'll be enthusiastic about math and working with children, with recent experience of observing and/or working in schools. 

All applicants are subject to a number of checks designed to maintain the integrity of the teaching profession. You'll be required to attend an interview, complete Professional Skills Tests and undergo DBS checks. You may also need to enrol on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.

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