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Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Mathematics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

This PGDE course prepares you for a fulfilling career as an innovative and creative teacher of Mathematics, to enable you to deliver an engaging and inspirational education to pupils. You can look forward to practical workshops, seminars and lead lectures to explore the context of pupils attainment in Mathematics. Explore how Mathematics “is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems” (National Curriculum 2014 purpose of study).

During your training you will focus on signature pedagogies for Mathematics emphasising how the subject is taught, challenging common misconceptions in the subject, and barriers to learning. Sessions will help you deepen your understanding of the role and nature of Mathematics in the curriculum and your own personal philosophy for teaching. You will explore the importance of your subject, how children learn and develop a rigorous understanding of the nature of Mathematics education, and the important role that Mathematics plays in everyday life. These sessions will help you identify strategies to support how children learn in the subject.

The aims of the National Curriculum for Mathematics state that children should:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason Mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using Mathematical language
  • be able to solve problems by applying their Mathematics knowledge to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

In addition to sessions developing your understanding of teaching and learning in Mathematics, subject knowledge workshops will explore the key knowledge and skills that define the subject; and are supported by your subject knowledge development and didactics journal.

You will usually have a minimum third class honours degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Mathematics-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. Previous applicants include those with a good “A” level in Mathematics who have studied engineering, accountancy, finance or psychology.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Mathematics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Mathematics (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Mathematics but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively. For further details see Get into Teaching.

Entry requirements

To join this this PGDE, you will usually have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) in a Mathematics-related discipline with significant content in your chosen subject area. The degree classification should be at third class Honours or above. Previous successful applicants include those with an 'A' level in Mathematics who have studied for example engineering, accountancy, finance or psychology.

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Mathematics because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach Mathematics (and be eligible for the bursaries it attracts) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. So, if you want to teach Mathematics but have an insufficient level of the subject in your degree to access the course, you should consider a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement course in Mathematics which could help prepare you to train to teach the subject effectively.

Some offers may be conditional upon completing a subject knowledge enhancement course prior to commencing the PGDE, this will be discussed at interview.

Additional requirements for the programme include:

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).  
  • A demonstrable interest in teaching within the curriculum area. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the chosen curriculum area, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a UK Secondary school is normally required prior to commencing the programme. We can help to arrange this for successful applicants

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.

You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching.

If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

Course modules

This is an intensive, full time programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic PGDE award. University-based study includes: a full time block of three weeks at the start of the course; one day per week until January; week-long, full time study blocks between January and June and a number of conference days.

Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements. 

The University-element of the programme is based around six core modules focusing on:

  • Professional Practice (a series of school-based investigations of current issues)
  • Developing Reflective Professional Practice (enabling you to effectively evaluate your school-based practice)
  • Subject Pedagogy in Mathematics (in depth support and practical training in your subject specialist area, drawing on the latest research and classroom-based innovation)
  • Pedagogy in Practice (focusing on the skills required for effective teaching and learning including medium-term planning and assessment in your subject)
  • Learning Teaching and Assessment (developing your skills in school-based action research so that you can identify what works best for your learners
  • Inclusion (ensuring you are fully prepared to meet the diverse needs of your classes)

Assessment methods

The course employs a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, seminars, interactive workshops, group discussion and reflection, problem solving and micro-teaching. Full use is made of online learning through BlackBoard (our virtual learning environment) and web-based resources.

School-based training involves the preparation and delivery of learning sequences and lessons to small groups and whole classes of learners, with expectations and workload increasing during the course. This work is supported by a Teacher-Mentor who will enhance your professional learning experience in school.

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on research and practice, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences, presentations and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.

Sponsorship information

A range of Bursaries are available to support those training to teach. The amount of Bursary depends on your subject and degree classification. For further information you should consult the Get into Teaching website.

If you are eligible for a Bursary you do not need to apply for one; once you are enrolled at LJMU you will begin receiving payments from the beginning of your course.

To encourage graduates to train as Science, Technology Mathematics and Languages teachers, Bursaries of up to £25,000 may be available. Alternatively, if you have a good first degree, you can apply for a scholarship from professional subject bodies such as the IoP, RSC, IMA and BCS.

Full time students on PGDE courses are eligible for the same range of financial support as undergraduate students. This includes:

  • a non means-tested student loan to cover your tuition fees
  • a means-tested student loan to help cover your living expenses
  • a means-tested maintenance grant, which does not have to be paid back
  • a means-tested LJMU Bursary worth up to £500, which does not have to be paid back

Fees

  • You will be charged a tuition fee of £9,250 (subject to yearly increases) for your PGDE course - you can take out a tuition fees loan to pay for this
  • Your tuition fees loan is not-means tested and covers the full amount of your tuition fees. This money is paid direct to LJMU
  • Maintenance loans are means-tested and the amount you receive will depend on your household income (parents’ or partner’s income plus yours)
  • You only start repaying your students loan after you graduate and start earning over £21,000

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGDE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGDE Full-time International 1 Years

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