Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Mathematics

This practical programme will help you reflect on your practice, and that of your colleagues, in order to improve your teaching and children's learning.

Full-time course commences in February for 24 weeks.
Teaching will comprise of up to 4 days taught sessions and directed task and at least 1 day of self-study.

Modules include Algebra, Calculus, Discrete Maths, Geometry and Trigonometry, Mathematical Thinking, Mechanics and Statistics.

Through this course we aim to:

  • Prepare you for your PGCE programme – we’ll highlight teaching and learning issues in mathematics;
  • Inspire passion for maths including all aspects of local, national and global developments within it;
  • Help you understand the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with maths;
  • Model imaginative and creative approaches to teaching and learning, and excellent practice in assessment;
  • Prepare you to teach maths up to Key Stage 4 level. You’ll have the opportunity to reach up to A-level standard teaching knowledge.

Entry requirements

You’ll require a referral from your Initial Teacher Education/PGCE provider. Your provider may refer you to an enhancement course where either you do not have a degree that contains more than 50% in mathematics or where they consider your mathematics knowledge is weak and offers no specialism.

Course modules

Teaching and learning will include a range of methods to enhance your knowledge and understanding including tutorials, practical tasks, essays, investigations, collaborative projects and presentations. In addition, there may be opportunities for school visits, fieldwork, trips and visits to help place your subject in a wider context.

You’ll be taught in a dedicated mathematics education room, by a team of tutors, each with specialist expertise. During the university day you’ll experience different methods of teaching and learning including:

  • Lectures;
  • Seminars;
  • Peer Presentations;
  • Practical mathematical tasks;
  • A practical investigation of your own choice;
  • Problem solving;
  • Independent study;
  • Using IT to support your learning and future teaching.

Assessment methods

There will be an assessment task for each unit of work. These will take a variety of forms depending on the unit of work. In addition you’ll be expected to sit a KS3 SAT paper; a GCSE paper and some A level papers.

You’ll be expected to achieve a sufficient or better standard in each category on each task. There will be one opportunity to re-submit any task that does not reach the required standard on first submission. You’ll be given the deadline for resubmission when the work is returned to you.

In the first week of the course we expect you to complete a self-assessment of your prior knowledge. This will be used during the first tutorial to discuss where your strengths and weaknesses lie and what you need to get from the course. It will also form the basis for ongoing self-evaluation throughout the course.

You’ll be asked to repeat the same process before each tutorial and to bring an up to date self-evaluation with you to each tutorial. This linked with achievements on all assessments and is used formatively to help you set appropriate targets for improvement.

Sponsorship information

If eligible you can access NCTL funding to cover the cost of the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Enhancement Course Full time September 2019 - Weeks

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