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Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics

Initial Teacher Education

    Key facts

    Award
    Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course (Mathematics)
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Course length
    24 weeks full-time

    Entry requirements

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in mathematics or where they consider your mathematics knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    Develop a greater depth of mathematical understanding prior to starting a PGCE.

    • Ideal if you’re interested in teaching Maths as a secondary subject but don’t have a related degree.
    • Develop the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with maths.
    • Equip yourself with maths knowledge that will allow you to teach up to A-Level.

    This practical programme will help you reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to improve your teaching and children's learning.

    • Full-time course commences in February for 24 weeks.
    • Teaching will comprise of up to 4 days taught sessions and directed task and at least 1 day of self-study.

    "It’s really consolidated my maths skills and made me feel much more confident. I‘ve really enjoyed meeting everyone on the course and the support I’ve received during the course has been brilliant."

    Genni Pierce-Butler, Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    Modules include Algebra, Calculus, Discrete Maths, Geometry and Trigonometry, Mathematical Thinking, Mechanics and Statistics.

    Through this course we aim to:

    • Prepare you for your PGCE programme – we’ll highlight teaching and learning issues in mathematics;
    • Inspire passion for maths including all aspects of local, national and global developments within it;
    • Help you understand the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with maths;
    • Model imaginative and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and excellent practice in assessment;
    • Prepare you to teach maths up to Key Stage 4 level. You’ll have the opportunity to reach up to A-level standard teaching knowledge.

    How will I be assessed?

    There will be an assessment task for each unit of work. These will take a variety of forms depending on the unit of work. In addition you’ll be expected to sit a KS3 SAT paper; a GCSE paper and some A level papers.

    You’ll be expected to achieve a sufficient or better standard in each category on each task. There will be one opportunity to re-submit any task that does not reach the required standard on first submission. You’ll be given the deadline for resubmission when the work is returned to you.

    In the first week of the course we expect you to complete a self-assessment of your prior knowledge. This will be used during the first tutorial to discuss where your strengths and weaknesses lie and what you need to get from the course. It will also form the basis for ongoing self-evaluation throughout the course.

    You’ll be asked to repeat the same process before each tutorial and to bring an up to date self-evaluation with you to each tutorial. This linked with achievements on all assessments and is used formatively to help you set appropriate targets for improvement.

    How will I be taught?

    Teaching and learning will include a range of methods to enhance your knowledge and understanding including tutorials, practical tasks, essays, investigations, collaborative projects and presentations. In addition, there may be opportunities for school visits, fieldwork, trips and visits to help place your subject in a wider context.

    You’ll be taught in a dedicated mathematics education room, by a team of tutors, each with specialist expertise. During the university day you’ll experience different methods of teaching and learning including:

    • Lectures;
    • Seminars;
    • Peer Presentations;
    • Practical mathematical tasks;
    • A practical investigation of your own choice;
    • Problem solving;
    • Independent study;
    • Using IT to support your learning and future teaching.

    Opportunities

    Study visits

    Previous trips have included visits to the Meteorological Office in Exeter and Mathemagic at Techniquest in Cardiff.

    Weekend seminars and conferences

    You’ll have the opportunity to attend weekend seminars and conferences under the auspices of the Association of Teachers of mathematics including Maths Inspirations in Bath. This is a set of lectures on range of mathematical topics, presented by a selection of well-known mathematicians.

    Maths Circus

    You’ll prepare for and then run a maths circus activities in two local schools linked to problem solving across the curriculum.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    The course is taught at Corsham Court campus and partnership schools.

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2020

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    International students full time

    2017/18 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.
    Year 2 Published Jan 2018
    Year 3 Published Jan 2019

    2018/19 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2018
    Year 2 Published Jan 2019
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    2019/20 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2019
    Year 2 Published Jan 2020
    Year 3 Published Jan 2021

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in mathematics or where they consider your mathematics knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

    How do I apply?

    You should apply direct to the University, and application forms are available from the course administrator (skeadmin@bathspa.ac.uk). In addition you will require a referral from your ITE provider.

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