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.

Qualifications

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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