Bath Spa University

Secondary Mathematics

Excellent teachers make a difference to the lives and futures of the people they teach. Developed in partnership with schools and Early Years settings, this Ofsted Outstanding rated programme will support you to become an innovative and inspiring maths teacher.

Our full-time programmes last for approximately 40 weeks; you’ll spend about two thirds of this time in a school or educational setting. Throughout the programme there is a dynamic relationship between your training in the University and your training in schools.

This practical programme will teach you about life in the classroom. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to improve your teaching and children's learning.

You’ll learn how to focus on an overarching goal related to teaching maths, as well as exploring research questions through collaborative and individual practices.

Children’s learning is at the heart of the programme; we’ll ask you to consider what ‘understanding’ means and how it can be developed and assessed. 

When you graduate, you’ll be fully qualified to teach, with the essential skills and confidence that you’ll need to be successful in the classroom.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to be well suited to the teaching profession both personally and academically.

Course modules

University Training

The programme provides a carefully structured balance of University and school based phases. During the first university phase we will concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for your first teaching practice. During the second university phase we consider teaching and learning at Key Stage 4 and A-level in greater depth.

School Training

The School phases are with two different partner schools. The first six-week phase is before Christmas and the second fourteen-week phase runs from March. The first of these phases is usually in a pair, so you’ll take responsibility for teaching the classes while your partner supports you.

Assessment methods

Assessment is designed to be progressive and to assist you in the provision of evidence to support your achievement against the Standards for QTS.

PGCE programmes are assessed in University, schools or other settings.

The evidence base includes:

  • Formally assessed assignments;
  • Professional dialogue in progress reviews;
  • The Professional Learning and Practice portfolio;
  • School phase reports and observations;
  • Professional development activities;
  • Subject knowledge tests and tasks (where appropriate).

A personalised process of continuous assessment ensures that learning is appropriate and effective. Assessment takes account of both the programme experience and the school or setting and includes researching developing practice through assignment tasks. Support is provided to develop a rigorous evidence-based account of your educational journey.

As the programme is practical most of the University sessions can be thought of as workshops. We consider issues related to the engagement and motivation for the learning of mathematics and prepare you to be active participants in the mathematics education community through networking and engaging with various projects locally, nationally and internationally. We consider how a child’s learning progresses, develops and depends on enthusiastic teaching of the subject, and how teaching styles can aid this. We visit local classrooms to gain insight into these aspects of Maths education and to test the ideas developed.

ICT plays a major part in teaching mathematics in schools so you are given opportunities to develop your skills in the use of mathematics-specific software, as well as how to use web-based tools to share your resources with your colleagues in the field.

Learning and teaching in PGCE programmes takes place through a combination of the following methods:

  • tutorials at key points across the year;
  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentation; group discussion; role play and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings
  • blended learning employing electronic resources, including the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva);
  • observation of teachers’ including other Bath Spa Teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in University and school or other settings.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 40 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 40 Weeks

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