University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Teaching Adult Numeracy and Mathematics

This course qualifies students to work in the post-compulsory sector (e.g. further education, adult and community education, prisons or work-based learning); it is designed for practising teachers of adult numeracy who do not yet hold a recognised teaching qualification; it gives students the chance to gain the skills required for teaching learners above the ages of 14 (more commonly 16) based on a sound understanding of theories of learning as applied to students' own subject specialism; in year 1, students study with a subject-specific group of developing teachers; students deepen their understanding of numeracy as a subject area; this includes knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts in the subject, as well as the development of personal skills in the subject area; students extend repertoire of learning and teaching methods and strategies in the subject, and develop understanding of the diverse needs of learners; students consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of the subject; they are encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of the subject, and to develop their own considered approach to teaching numeracy; in year 2, students study alongside those planning to teach other subjects at post-16 (from leisure and tourism to music technology and beyond); they look at broader issues in post-compulsory education, learning and teaching from their perspective as a subject specialist, and work on projects with course participants from their own and other subject areas.

Entry requirements

A teaching qualification (generic post-16 Cert Ed/PGCE or equivalent, or a primary or secondary teaching qualification); you must be teaching groups of post-16 learners a minimum of 3 hours a week in your chosen specialist subject from the start and throughout the course. Teaching needs to be at a minimum of 2 core curriculum levels, eg, entry level and level 1; your teaching must take place in an approved environment, normally further education, adult education, voluntary sector or publicly funded training provider and references from your employer are requested; where English is not a native language IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent is required; a health declaration, enhanced DBS check required as appropriate; an interview is required for this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment is closely connected to your teaching and professional development. Methods include presentations, micro-teaching, case studies, seminars, teaching practice observations and critical evaluations of your own practice. There are no formal written examinations.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Advanced Certificate Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus, Newport Newport (Wales) NP20 2BP Wales

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