Our Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in Mathematics courses will develop your mathematical knowledge to enable you to undertake a PGCE or School Direct Training Programme and train for a career in secondary Mathematics teaching.
This subject knowledge enhancement course is designed for graduates with a degree in a subject other than Mathematics who wish to train as secondary Mathematics teachers. The condition of entry is an offer of a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) course.
The full-time course (200 hours over seven weeks) is intended to support graduates as they develop their breadth and depth of mathematical knowledge before they begin an ITT course which would lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is designed to support mathematical communication skills and the development of the subject knowledge required for teaching mathematics in secondary schools.
SKE courses are fully funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and you will receive a tax free bursary up to £200 per week for the duration of the course (subject to confirmation by DfE).
What you'll study
We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.
We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to out students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.
The curriculum is broadly based on the national programmes of study for KS3 and KS4, enabling you to teach the 11 - 16 curriculum with confidence. Some AS level material may also be covered.
How you’re taught
The course will run:
3 June 2020 - 26 July 2020 (TBC)
Teaching takes place at the University from Monday to Thursday, 9.30 am - 3.30 pm. You are not require to attend the University on Fridays, as this is directed study.
Careers and employability
This course is designed for graduates with a degree in a subject other than Mathematics who wish to train as secondary Mathematics teachers. Trainees who continue and successfully complete either a PGCE or School Direct course which leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are ideally placed to pursue a career as a teacher in a secondary school or college.
This course does not offer placements.
- Confirmation (by your school or course provider) that you have been accepted onto an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, such as PGCE or School Direct.
By being interviewed, offered a place and accepting that place on an ITT course, you are deemed to have met the entry requirements for this Subject Knowledge Enhancement course.
How to apply
If a school or ITT provider decides that you would be suitable for secondary mathematics teaching, but that you need to develop your mathematics subject knowledge, they can offer you a place on their School Direct or PGCE course. However, this offer is made on condition that you successfully complete the SKE course prior to starting the ITT course. There are then two possibilities:
- Your school or ITT provider contacts us and, provided there are vacancies, refers you to the relevant course, or
- You contact us directly. In this case we will confirm with your school or provider that they have offered, and you have accepted, an ITT place.
Tel +44 (0)115 848 4460
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Fees and funding
Course fees are covered by the Department for Education (DfE).
Home UK, and EU full-time students may also be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £200 per week (subject to confirmation by DfE).