Prof Grad Cert Ed (Post-16 Education and Training) (Mathematics) (Full Time)

Prof Grad Cert Ed (Post-16 Education and Training) (Mathematics) (Full Time)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The Level 6 Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Mathematics) (Full Time) is designed for beginning teachers of mathematics students in the post-16 sector. A degree is required for entry to the programme.

This full-time course aims to provide a fully immersive teaching experience by giving you access to employment and professional development opportunities in the Education and Training sector.

You will be placed for a minimum of 100 hours (at least 50 hours in any one semester) at Leeds City College.

You will achieve a sound conceptual and practical understanding of how to influence the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in mathematics across multiple contexts in the post-16 sector.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the key theoretical frameworks that underpin the acquisition of mathematics and explore how learners engage in mathematical reasoning. You will also investigate and enact a range of approaches to support emergent mathematical resilience and promote mathematically resilient behaviour in mathematics instruction.

There are opportunities to investigate international perspectives relating to mathematics learning and pedagogical models, with a particular emphasis on international differences in mathematics pedagogy.

Through innovative teaching and learning strategies such as collaborative teaching and in-the-moment coaching, this pre-service, full-time course aims to model practices that you can enact in classrooms across different curricula and changing contexts in the sector.

Duration 1 year
Study mode Full time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72652-10
Fee £7,250 (per academic year)

What You Learn / Units

You will undertake the following three generic modules in the first semester:

  • The Psychology of Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare in Education and Training
  • Demonstrating Professional Knowledge and Competence

You will then undertake three specialist modules in the second semester, which may include:

  • Teaching Mathematics in the Education and Training Sector: Curriculum and Cultural Context. In this module you will critically appraise the impact of recent mathematics education reform in the UK and critically analyse the changes to the ways in which mathematics is taught in the Education and Training sector.
  • Mathematics: Theoretical Frameworks. In this module you will critically analyse the fundamental attributes of mathematics and numeracy and critically examine the attributes of procedures within mathematics and numeracy.
  • The Pedagogy and Practice of Mathematics Teaching and Learning. This practice-based module aims to extract the principles of good practice from classroom observations and experience. In this module you will critically appraise a range of specialist resources that meet the needs of learners and the challenges of the post-16 mathematics curriculum.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop the ability to:

  • Generate answers to complex practice problems relating to the delivery of mathematics, drawing upon subject-specialist knowledge and signature pedagogies.
  • Critically appraise core pedagogical practices that are applicable to the learning of mathematics.
  • Critically explore how learners engage in mathematical reasoning and ways to develop thinking skills and metacognition in mathematical learning.
  • Critically assess the contribution of research into the teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics to the quality of student mathematical learning experience.
  • Formulate solutions to complex mathematical curriculum issues, with a particular focus on the potential barriers to participation.
  • Interrogate the theories and principles of numeracy acquisition and the processes involved in the development and assessment of these skills.

How you will be assessed

A range of assessment strategies will be used. These may include the following:

  • Teaching Practitioner File
  • Teaching observation
  • Reflective writing
  • E-presentation 
  • Evaluative Report
  • Academic poster
  • Research study

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry Requirements

All potential applicants are required to attend and successfully pass an interview and will need to fulfil the following entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:

  • Five GCSE subjects, including three at GCSE level Grade C or above (which must include English and Mathematics) and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject.
  • An honours degree in Mathematics (or a degree with a significant subject-specialist component), with a minimum 2:2 classification.
  • Successful completion of Entry Assessment of Mathematics skills at level 3 (or Accreditation of Prior Learning)
  • All places are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our full-time teacher education courses for September 2019, please apply here

What's Next

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Mathematics) (Full Time) course provides routes to Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. Candidates who successfully complete the programme may wish to progress onto Masters level study.

It is anticipated that trainees will have the opportunity to be employed by the institution offering the placement after their traineeship has been completed.

In 2017/18 82%, and in 2016/17 62%, of trainees secured employment in education by the end of their course.

Campus Locations

University Centre

Park Lane
West Yorkshire
0113 216 2406
Nearest train station
Leeds Central Station, 0.6 MilesWebsite

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