About the course
The Secondary PGCE programme concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.
It is delivered by the University from its Hull campus together with approximately 90 partnership schools.
Mathematics is probably the secondary school subject most often argued about by adults. Some people remember it as their favourite subject, others recall it with some horror, and are pleased to confess that they never really understood the subject and they are glad not to have anything more to do with it now. The latter group is probably the larger.
What we need is more people who like the subject to become teachers of it, to present it to pupils as something that can be understood, to allow learners to think for themselves, and to generate in the maths classroom a feeling that this subject is enjoyable. Well, at least we want people who will try for these things.
Teaching mathematics in a secondary school is an immensely stimulating but very demanding task, which requires enthusiasm, intelligence, stamina and a sympathy for the needs of individual students. Hull's PGCE programme aims to give you a wide range of skills as a mathematics teacher, and to help you understand the important role of mathematics in the school curriculum. It concentrates on the teaching of 11 - 16 year olds, but part of it extends your studies/experience to cover preparation for post-16 teaching.
The PGCE programme is open to graduates with a substantial element of mathematics in their degree. There may be an opportunity for graduates of other (non-mathematical) subjects to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course prior to doing a PGCE programme. See below for details.
We should normally expect applicants invited to interview to have had some fairly substantial contact with a state secondary school in the UK to observe some mathematics lessons and talk to teachers and students. It is important that the applicants are well aware of the nature of secondary schools in the UK in the 21st century, and can picture themselves teaching in one. Some visits to classrooms, or some more extended employment, is advisable.
Please see full information on our webpage (https://www.hull.ac.uk/study/pgce/secondary-pgce-maths.aspx)
On Receipt of UCAS Teacher Training Applications
The applications are checked for the appropriateness of the academic qualifications, the quality of both the content and the accuracy of written English and the extent of support provided by the referee. This is always done by the Subject Tutor. The forms will also be seen by a School Mentor, and sometimes, by the Programme Director.
Applicants must possess a degree of a British university or equivalent, and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University states that prospective applicants require a degree 2:2 or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme. As we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor, Claire Roberts at Claire.Roberts@hull.ac.uk
Candidates are either called for interview individually or, more usually, in small groups. The interview is conducted by the Subject Tutor(s). The interviews are usually held in the University, but on some occasions, in a partnership school.
The interview process is informal and usually candidates are offered the opportunity to ask questions, possibly give a short presentation, complete a written task as well as participate in an individual discussion with Subject Tutors and Mentors.
After the interview
Decisions about the offer of places are made immediately after the interviews and the outcomes communicated to the candidates formally through the UCAS Teacher Training System.
How school placements work
All trainees have two school placements and teach in two schools. The two periods of teaching experience are approximately 12 weeks in length. Each teaching block is preceded by a developmental phase of structured preparation. This involves observing experienced teachers working with individual pupils, working with groups of pupils, team teaching, and eventually taking responsibility for whole lessons. In their practical teaching, trainees are advised and guided by their subject mentors in schools, and observed teaching by University Method Tutors. Trainees each have a Journal and Profile Document in which they and their mentors record their development. This document is both formative and summative because you use it throughout your training and it also contains two sections for completion at the end of each major period of teaching.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
Actual fee to be confirmed for 2020-21 entry, the fee published was for the fee for 2019-20 entry.
Please contact FACE Admissions Team on 01482 466028/465974 for any further information required on Fees.
If you are an International student from a non-EU country you will be charged the standard overseas student fee.
Training bursaries are available for some subjects for all UK and EU postgraduate teacher trainees. For information visit the following website for information.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in maths or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Applicants must possess GCSE at grade C/4 or above in English Language and Maths and a degree of a British university, or equivalent and have appropriate subject knowledge. The University states that prospective applicants require a degree 2:2 or better to be able to progress on to the PGCE Secondary programme. As we are flexible in our degree subject entry requirements, we suggest you speak to the subject method tutor, Claire Roberts at Claire.Roberts@hull.ac.uk.
We are looking for someone who is:
- Motivated to work with young people and is enthusiastic about their subject
- Adaptable, hardworking and committed to teaching all pupils
- Able to think on their feet, with good communication skills and a sense of humour
- Able to work as a member of a team as well as being independent and resourceful.
- Be well qualified in your subject and to be able to talk about it with understanding and enthusiasm. We would like you to believe that your subject is relevant for pupils of all ages and abilities.
For graduates with an A level in mathematics or only a high grade at GCSE in mathematics, we run a highly successful Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Course.
This course prepares graduates from non-mathematics disciplines to train to teach mathematics in a secondary school. Applicants must hold an offer for an initial teacher training place and SKE must be set as a condition of their offer. Applicant should also be keenly interested in mathematics; this is more important than the level of any existing qualification in the subject.
For full details on the Programmme for 2019 please email FACE-Admissions@hull.ac.uk
About the training provider
Teacher training you’ll grab with both hands
When you choose a PGCE at Hull, you’ll get real, hands-on, on-the-job teacher training. You’ll learn how to fuse tradition with
brand-new approaches. And you’ll discover the most natural
way to teach…
Learn how to teach with new technology
You’ll join a university steeped in tradition, but one that also believes strongly in Technology-Enhanced Learning. So much so that we helped spark a European Commission project to improve the use of digital technologies in schools. To give you a taste of the modern classroom, you’ll have access to specialist teaching facilities. You’ll also be encouraged to use mobile devices like iPads on campus and in schools.
Gain hands-on experience
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain classroom experience and the new perspectives that come with it. We have a productive network of more than 600 early years settings, schools and academies around the region. With many Hull graduates among their teaching staff, these partner institutions span the spectrum of settings: large, small, urban and rural..
Training with disabilities and other needs
Following its £28-million redevelopment, the Brynmor Jones Library is one of the finest institutions of its kind in the country. A stylish, state-of-the-art place of learning for generations to come.Boasting more than a million books, journals and periodicals, plus a vast collection of digital information, it’s open whenever you need it – 24/7 during semesters. The modern and flexible work spaces are suitable for all your needs. However you like to work, there’s a space for you – with access to all our print and digital collections. There are 30 bookable study rooms, 14 with full audiovisual facilities, as well as 350 open access PCs, 48 borrowable laptops, multifunction printers, scanners and photocopiers, plus self-service issuing facilities in all areas. Or bring your digital life with you – our high-speed wireless network means you can use your own laptops and tablets wherever you go.
FREE WiFi and computer access
High-speed WiFi turns our entire campus into a virtual classroom. We’ve got more than 1,100 open-access computers and 1,600 study spaces for you to use.
Academic support tuition
If you need advice or supervision on your research, we have staff who are experts in their field that offer personal tuition.
We have a team of professionals to support you, whether you have a physical, medical or learning disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Pastoral and wellbeing support
Whether it’s a personal or practical matter, you can count on our friendly and informal support whenever you need it.
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