About the course
This highly practical course enables you to gain the skills, knowledge, understanding and experience needed to build on a degree and teach at secondary level. The course will equip you to respond effectively to the issues currently affecting schools. We place a strong emphasis on developing your individual strengths and skills within the context of the contemporary education environment.
The award of PGCE is offered at two levels:
*Professional Graduate Certificate in Education; and
*Postgraduate Certificate in Education, where 60 Masters-level credits can be gained.
Both of these are recognised teaching qualifications but the postgraduate award will allow fast-track entry onto a Masters course.
Successful completion of the PGCE leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The majority of your time will be spent on placement in schools or colleges. This practical teaching is supported by University-based lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials exploring learning and teaching in your subject and in the wider context. Trainees also engage in an independent research project that draws together academic and professional practice.
Well-qualified mathematics teachers are in high demand in the UK and internationally. Trainees will develop an understanding of the nature of mathematics and why it is taught in schools, how pupils learn to think and reason mathematically and how to teach mathematics in such a way that learners enjoy it and choose to study it. The programme comprises established knowledge in mathematics education, as well as the more up-to-date, developing ideas. It prepares maths student teachers to teach the 11 to 16 age range.
The interview day - what to expect
Introduction to the Mathematics PGCE
Your interviewing tutor will give a short presentation on aspects of the course. The selection process may be attended by another Institute of Education tutor, or, in some cases, a senior teacher from one of our partnership schools.
As a group, you and the other applicants will explore a series of questions relating to aspects of mathematics education.
You will asked to prepare and deliver a short teaching activity.
You will be asked to write a short reflection on your teaching activity: this allows us be certain that you can write fluently and accurately in Standard English. You will also be asked to self-assess your readiness to teach in areas of the mathematics curriculum, and to answer a number of mathematics questions. This allows us to understand something of your approach to the subject.
You will have an individual interview lasting around 20 minutes. The interview will focus largely on subject knowledge, but you may also be asked to review points from the group discussion, teaching activity or your application document.
How school placements work
School or college experience is central to the Secondary PGCE at NTU. At least 24 weeks are spent on placement in at least two secondary schools or colleges. For both placements, training is planned by mentors to enable students to attain QTS. This practical teaching element is assessed on a regular basis via formal observation by a subject mentor and University tutors, enabling us to monitor each individual trainee’s progress and effectively support their development. We are in partnership with a wide range of schools so your placements may be in city centre, suburban or semi-rural locations. This variety provides opportunities for a wide range of teaching experiences and lays a good foundation for your future professional development.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £22,000
- a bursary of £20,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you’ll also get early career payments of £5,000 each in your third and fifth year of teaching (£7,500 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 how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent with at least 50% of the degree focused in the area you wish to teach; GCSEs or equivalent at grade C / 4 or above in English and Mathematics. We accept the GCSE equivalency taken via equivalencytesting.com. Applicants with pending qualifications will be considered. Two references: one academic and one vocational. NTU offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (SKE) for those wishing to training as secondary subject teachers but do not have the necessary qualifications/subject expertise to enter a teacher training programme. Find out more at www.ntu.ac.uk/ske
You'll need to pass the governments professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service, Prohibition Order checks and complete a Occupational Health form before you start the course.
About the training provider
Nottingham Trent University's (NTU) reputation is long established. We've been training teachers and educational professionals for well over 50 years. Our greatest strength is our extensive links with schools and educational settings. These relationships enable every student to gain experience through placement in a wide variety of educational environments.
Why choose NTU?
Working with schools
A great strength of our courses is the extensive partnership links that we have with over 600 primary, secondary and post-16 settings across the East Midlands. These relationships enable you to gain a wide experience of teaching in many different educational environments. Experiences vary from city centre to suburban and semi-rural settings, laying a sound foundation for future professional development.
We are committed to promoting a diverse body of teacher trainees. Our students are made up of different backgrounds, nationalities and faiths.
Experienced lecturers and informed courses
NTU is home to an enthusiastic, expert group of academic staff who are leading researchers and practitioners in the education field. This means that, not only is your course informed by the latest thinking, but also that you will learn from people with a real passion for their subject.
Training with disabilities and other needs
You will receive lots of support based around your school placements, with planning sessions, mentors and pastoral support from your tutors and colleagues. You can also tap into a range of services at any time, including: Financial Support Services, Counselling, Disability Support, Support, Mature Student Support and Mental Health Support.
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