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What makes PGCE Secondary Mathematics at Worcester so special?

The course here at Worcester aims to train maths teachers who are skilled, reflective and critically evaluative.

Unique opportunities to:

  • Explore mathematical concepts by engaging with a range of mathematical activities
  • Consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a mathematics classroom
  • Reflect on your own learning and explore research evidence
  • Discuss the place of mathematics in the curriculum and current issues within mathematics education
  • Continue to develop your own subject knowledge and reflect on what it is to be ‘mathematical’
  • Engage with the Further Maths Support Programme and the Royal Institution Masterclasses Programme
  • Develop an understanding of the post 16 mathematics landscape including the specific pedagogies and their place in the qualification framework
Overview

Overview

Key features

  • explore mathematical concepts by engaging with a range of mathematical activities
  • consider what effective learning and teaching looks like in a mathematics classroom through reflecting on your own learning, exploring research evidence and observing mathematics classrooms at work
  • discuss the place of mathematics in the curriculum and the current issues within mathematics education
  • further develop your own subject knowledge throughout the course and reflect on what it is to be ‘mathematical’

NB Mathematics is offered through both Core and School Direct routes.

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"I really enjoyed my PGCE year at Worcester; it gave me a very supportive start to my teaching career."

Victoria Honeybourne, PGCE Secondary graduate

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Scholarships and Bursaries

If you study this course you may be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship.

Visit the Get Into Teaching website for information on eligibility and how much funding may be available to you.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree (normally 2:2 or higher) from a UK higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in Mathematics or a related subject.
    Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) passed at the time of entry.
  • School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them   

Qualifications not listed? Contact the Admissions Office for advice by email: AdmissionsA@worc.ac.uk

 

Other information

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

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Taster evenings

Our PGCE taster events give you the opportunity to take part in taster sessions, ask questions about the course, explore our facilities and meet a selection of practising teachers. The upcoming dates are:

  • 4 February 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 17 March 2020, 5pm-7pm
  • 12 May 2020, 5pm-7pm

These events are designed for those considering applying for the course, rather than those who have already applied. To request a place email insiders@worc.ac.uk.

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

  • Enrich your subject knowledge drawing on the expertise of tutors who engage in research
  • Work in partnership with school mentors with excellent current practice in your specialist area
  • Develop confident subject knowledge and an understanding about how pupils learn: the majority of your time in university is in subject workshops

Specialist Subject Opportunities

  • Plan and deliver a Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass
  • Participate in a joint session with Business/ Economics trainees using materials developed in the PFEG Financial Literacy project
  • Access Subject Association meetings, local Maths Hub events and Further Maths Support Programme activities

Pedagogy

  • Understand and apply theory and research on how children learn and develop.
  • Explore a range of learning and teaching styles, and classroom organisation.
  • Discover how to promote progress through observing, planning, teaching and assessing learning.

Professional Studies

  • Explore a range of practices and wider issues of education.
  • Understand equality and develop inclusive teaching strategies.
  • Develop your research skills as teachers with these skills are capable of bringing about change.

Enhancement Activities

  • Gain expertise through one of our unique Enhancement Activities: Citizenship - Developing a Second Subject - English as an Additional Language - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - Technology Enhanced Learning

School Experience

  • Grow through at least 120 days placement in our strong school network across the counties. Experience at least 2 contrasting schools.
  • Be supported and challenged by our blend of school-based Mentors and Personal Academic Tutors.

Your career

  • Become a reflective self-evaluating practitioner.
  • Enjoy great employment prospects; our support takes you from trainee to NQT and onwards.
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation.

"It has been really nice to get ideas that I can use in the classroom and tasks that are mathematically rich. I have found that the sessions have been tailored to the needs of the trainees and have supported my development."

Trainee Math Teacher

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

PGCE seminar teaching session

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings.
  • Professional Studies sessions in school and at University.
  • University-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures.
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading.
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate.
  • Directed studies, case studies and problem solving tasks; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements.
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services
PGCE students doing tasks in seminar room

Assessment

  • Assignments are carefully designed to develop your skills as a teacher.
  • Assessments that move from highly structured to more open briefs as you develop your professional skills.
  • The opportunity to develop skills as a research informed practitioner.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.

You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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Jane Moreton

Jane took on the role of Mathematics Subject Tutor in September 2012 following a number of years teaching mathematics in secondary schools and working as an advisor.

Jane has always been enthusiastic about teaching mathematics. She seeks to encourage a ‘can do’ approach to learning and teaching mathematics. 

Careers

Where could it take you?

Male and female PGCE students

 

  • Great employment prospects
  • Prepare for leadership and your Masters with 60 credits and a strong research foundation
  • Many University of Worcester trainees gain promotion within the first few years of teaching
Amy Vilcans

Amy Vilcans

With a love of Mathematics since her childhood, Amy Vilcans now imparts that passion for the subject onto her pupils.

Since graduating two years ago Amy’s career has flourished and she is now second in the Mathematics department and has been given responsibility for ensuring good numeracy across her school.

“With each working day I get to work with so many different young people and help them to achieve their potential in Mathematics,” she said.

Teaching was a career the 28-year-old, of Brierley Hill, in the West Midlands, had thought about since childhood.

“I love Mathematics as it is an important life skill and I had been very successful at it during my own education,” said Amy. “I wanted to teach children to love Mathematics and see the creative side to it. Whilst working in a mental health hospital I was given the opportunity to assist patients in the on-site school. I loved this and it made me realise that that was where my passion was.”

Nazish Sikander

Nazish Sikander

Nazish, who has achondroplasia, more commonly known as dwarfism, refused to let her disability stand in her way and graduated with a PGCE in 2016.

“I want to inspire students with special educational needs and disabilities to chase their dreams and not limit themselves because of what others perceive them as,” she said. “Some things are more achievable than others but if I hadn't overcome them myself I wouldn't be where I am today.”

Nazish’s height did present some challenges, as it limited her reach to high objects such as the whiteboard.
Not to be deterred, Nazish, found equipment that would connect an electronic tablet to a projector allowing her to teach from anywhere in the room.

“Worcester gave me the chance to prove to the world I can become a good enough teacher as any other,” she said. “My subject tutor encouraged me and built up my confidence in my ability to teach and guided me to fulfil my dreams.  My ultimate goal always lies in special needs and it was lovely to teach a group of 10 students all with different needs from autism to visual impairments and even disabilities such as Down's syndrome. By the end of my placement I had grown a great bond with them.”

After completing her course, Nazish has gone on to teach at Hodge Hill Girls’ School in Birmingham.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £13,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Teacher training funding

You can get help with the costs of teacher training. A student finance package will include a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan. You may also be eligible for extra help if you have children or have a disability.

Most courses are also eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship depending on your subject, degree classification or highest academic qualification.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

We organise day and residential visits to increase subject knowledge, sharing good practice and field work skills. The costs are at your own expense but we do encourage car sharing.

In addition, we encourage you to join subject specific associations. The cost is typically between £25 to £50 for which you benefit from their support, guidance and resources.

The DfE requires all trainee teachers to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, which you will need to pay for.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Not sure about your subject knowledge?

Build up or refresh your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme before the course.

Subjects offered:
English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, design technology (food), French, geography

Find out about the bursary.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Part-time route

You can apply to study this course on a part-time basis.

The part-time route runs for 4 school terms and starts in September each year. You will spend terms 1 and 2 in one school and terms 3 and 4 in a second school. In the first 3 terms you will typically spend 3 days per week on the course, either in school or university. Term 4 will be full time in school.

The bursary will be spread across four terms, and the fees will be the same as the full time route.

For more information get in touch via details below. You can also discuss this route in more detail at interview.

Applying through UCAS Teacher Training

UCAS Teacher Training is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto PGCE courses

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

GX11

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Secondary PGCE Office

Jane Moreton

Personal Academic Tutor