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Initial Teacher Training - Mathematics: Secondary with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) PGDE

Institution
Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health
Qualifications
PGDE

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Entry requirements

You will need:
  • an honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. See Details tab for subject specific requirements
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at minimum grade C/4 or equivalent. (Level 2 numeracy and literacy are not acceptable)
  • to demonstrate an 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
Additional information:
  • A minimum of 5 days’ work experience in a UK secondary school is normally expected prior to commencing the programme.
  • Original evidence of GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required if you are successful and form part of your conditions of offer
  • RPL is not accepted on this programme
  • If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a selection event

When to apply:

2022 Entry: Courses can be viewed on the government's Get into Teaching website from 5th October 2021, with applications opening 12th October 2021. Given the popularity of some specialisms and the limited number of places, we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

Ability

Applicants will be assessed for their:

  • depth of relevant subject knowledge
  • potential to work effectively at Masters level
  • ability to work with others in teams
  • ability to manage people and projects

Attitude

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen subject area
  • an ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
  • commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
  • enthusiasm and resilience

Location

You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.

Selection events

Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:

  • an individual interview
  • a written task for PGDE Modern Languages
  • a subject specific task for certain subjects
  • an individual interview
  • a practical assessment in some subject areas

Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day. Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.

Prior to entry

You will need 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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDE
    full time
    10 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
courses@ljmu.ac.uk
Phone
0151 231 5090