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Subject Knowledge Enhancement: Secondary Mathematics

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Mathematics is an essential and compulsory subject at secondary level (Key Stages 3 and 4). It is also a subject where there is a relative scarcity of experienced and qualified teachers. Employment prospects for maths specialists are excellent.

UK faces desperate shortage of science and maths teachers  
(Independent, 13 August 2013)

If you are a graduate intending to embark on an initial teacher training (ITT) course,or if you are a qualified teacher who has trained to teach another subject, this course is an attractive professional development opportunity to improve your mathematical knowledge and skills in order to add mathematics to the subjects you are able to teach.

You will gain a thorough grounding, combined with critical insight into the mathematics taught at secondary level to Higher Level GCSE and beyond.

Through regular scheduled classes and workshops, you will also develop your confidence to deliver mathematics in an engaging way using a variety of approaches.  

"I originally applied to undertake this course because I love Maths but felt that after not using the knowledge on a daily basis I was losing my strength ... I undertook this course to refresh my memory in all aspects of the Mathematics curriculum ... I realised I wanted to use this knowledge within my work, so made the decision to leave primary teaching and apply for secondary teaching posts. Thanks to this course, I now have a permanent full time teaching position, teaching my most loved subject. Thank you UCS!"

A bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership may be available for Initial Teacher Training entrants. All other applicants will be charged £1,650 for the course.

If you have any further queries, please contact the Infozone on 01473 338833 or the course administration team on 01473 338450 or submit your query using our Online Form.

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Course modules

The course focuses specifically on the mathematical content of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4, and on the new GCSE specifications.

Emphasis will be placed on problem solving, practical application, and mastery of technique. The mathematic topics covered in the course includes: 

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability and statistics
  • Proof and problem solving

Assessment is in two parts: 

(i) A critical analysis and review of past GCSE examination questions in the light of the new National Curriculum requirements

(ii) A timed examination

The course covers a 24 week period, from February to August. Attendance will be on 21 days plus guided independent study. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.