University of York

University of York

Secondary Education (Mathematics)

The course prepares students to become effective teachers of mathematics with pupils in the 11-18 age range; students benefit from university-based sessions led by experienced staff and guest teachers from schools, and from a strong system of mentor support during school-based training; university-based sessions include formal presentations; whole and small group discussions and practical workshops; national concern about mathematics teaching, and developments in our knowledge about how children learn mathematics, have led to major changes in emphasis and teaching approaches to meet the needs of the whole ability range in schools; these have included; the national curriculum being supplemented by the national strategy for key stage; changes to A-level and other post-16 curricula; students consider these changes as they learn how to help pupils engage in mathematical thinking and how to use and evaluate different approaches to teaching mathematics; these include practical work; problem solving and open ended investigative work; mental methods of calculation; the use of calculators and computers and stronger links with other subjects and the world of work; students also learn how to assess both their own teaching and their pupils' learning; training encourages students to reflect on what they learn and experience; so that they can make secure progress during the year; the course combines a practical approach with a strong theoretical basis; offering opportunities to develop personal subject knowledge and to share technical skills such as using computer equipment and packages; the pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills; university tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences; to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading; the main phases of school experience currently are: An initial primary school placement; a 2 days per week autumn term placement, plus a 4-week mini-block teaching placement; a 15-week block teaching placement during most of the spring term and the early part of the summer term; a period of professional enrichment during the summer term; successful completion of this course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), subject to satisfactory performance in skills tests.

Entry requirements

Degree or equivalent in a relevant subject; all entrants must have qualifications in English language and mathematics at GCE O-level or GCSE grade C or above or equivalent; an offer of a place on the course may be conditional on attending an extension or enhancement course to improve applicants' subject knowledge; admission is dependent upon satisfactory medical examination; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have reached the required standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves; assessment is continuous, there are no final examinations; all trainees also have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy set by the Teaching Agency in order to be awarded a qualified teaching certificate.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Alcuin College York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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