University of Bolton

PGCE 14+ Mathematics (Numeracy) full time

University of Bolton
In Bolton

£9,250
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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Bolton
Duration 1 Year
Start 21/09/2020
  • Postgraduate
  • Bolton
  • Duration:
    1 Year
  • Start:
    21/09/2020
Description

The government estimates that around 80% of adults in the UK have a low level of numeracy, costing the UK billions of pounds each year and decreasing the opportunities available to those individuals*. The government is investing in mathematics and numeracy education and there’s a national need for more people able to teach these subjects.

If you have a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in mathematics at Level 3, equivalent to A-level, this course offers you a route into a rewarding career helping people aged 14 or over gain mathematics and numeracy skills up to and including Level 2 (GCSE standard).

Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of mathematics and numeracy and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

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Where and when

Location

Starts

Bolton (Greater Manchester)
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Deane Road, BL3 5AB

Starts

21 Sep 2020Now taking bookings

To take into account

· Who is it intended for?

This course will give you the necessary skills and practical experience required, to prepare you for a teaching career, with the emphasis being in the Further Education and Skills sector. In this sector you will have the opportunity to work with Further Education learners who range in age from 14 years olds to adults. These students come from different backgrounds and experiences and may enter further education from local schools, the community, industry or local businesses. What Can I Do With This Qualification? In addition to working in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and schools, there are also significant opportunities to work in a range of sectors. The work-based learning sector ensures people are ready for work and have the latest skills. It includes working with apprentices, young people who are not yet ‘job ready’, as well as employed adults who need to update their skills. Job opportunities in this sector are often with training providers in the private sector, but can also be within the work-based learning units in colleges. The adult and community learning sector delivers a range of community-based courses, including practical and creative, basic skills, language and computer courses. The justice sector involves working in prisons and youth offender institutions teaching basic skills. Some offender institutions offer vocational preparation courses. Much of this work is sub-contracted out to local FE colleges who then provide relevant staff. Alternative Career Options Higher education lecturing Local Authority education Mentoring Family liaison Educational psychology Education administration Student Services Student liaison Educational writing Examinations Counselling Careers guidance Training Quality Standards

· Requirements

You must have a UK Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, plus a level 3 qualification (or equivalent) in mathematics (e.g. A-level Mathematics or an IMA Polymaths Certificate). If you don’t have the required mathematics qualifications, then the University has a pre-course task book and assessment which will enable you to show evidence of your mathematics skills at level 3 and which may be accepted as meeting the entry requirements. If your qualifications are not from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability.

· Qualification

The University of Bolton’s Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE and Skills sector teachers must complete a teacher education qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills). The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. However, QTLS does legally have equivalence to QTS and is recognised by some head teachers in schools.

· What marks this course apart?

This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners. Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience of teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education. We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities. This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It’s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning. After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

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What you'll learn on the course

IT
Teaching
Skills and Training
Teacher Education
University
Numeracy
GCSE Mathematics
Mathematics
Full Time
Government

Course programme

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.
  • Preparation for Education and Training
  • Numeracy and the Numeracy Learner
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Numeracy Learning and Teaching
  • Numeracy Theories and Frameworks
  • Professionalism and Quality in the Curriculum
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
Teaching, Learning And Assessment

We take a blended approach to teaching and learning, using a combination of face-to-face sessions, work-based learning and electronic resources and communications. You can expect timetabled classes and lectures, along with workshops, small group and individual practical activities, and structured exercises and discussions. Individual support will be given in tutorials. We’ll encourage you to take part in online discussions with your peers and tutors, to make full use of ICT as a source of information and support, and to maintain a digital portfolio of evidence.

Work-based placements will be arranged for you in situations that meet the requirements for becoming a qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector. They may involve daytime or evening teaching or both. For instance, you might be asked to teach GCSE mathematics at a sixth form college, family budgeting to adult learners in the community, or numeracy to adult students on an access course at a college.

During your placements, your teaching practice will be assessed according to Ofsted guidelines and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. You’ll receive informal feedback on your performance, to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course.

Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. You’ll be expected to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You’ll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading that will help you to complete your coursework.

To be awarded your PGCE qualification, you’ll need to demonstrate that you’ve met all the learning outcomes for the course. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff will guide and support you in this, but a significant amount of personal and independent study is essential and you’ll need to take responsibility for managing your own learning.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Additional information

International Fees - £12,450

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