If you wish to train as a mathematics teacher, but your degree did not provide enough mathematics content for you to gain automatic entry onto an initial teacher training course, completion of this SKE course, might be made a condition of an offer onto a secondary mathematics teacher training course.
This course will prepare you for an initial teacher training secondary mathematics course by developing your skills and giving you the confidence to recognise areas in your own subject knowledge which you need to develop during the enhancement course, initial teacher education and beyond. It will also help you to develop a 'deep' understanding of the knowledge, concepts and skills associated with mathematics as a subject.
We aim to help you to come to a deep understanding of the concepts and skills associated with GCSE mathematics. In addition, aspects of A Level mathematics will be covered depending on the aptitudes and interests of the trainees.
This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.
The SKE mathematics course is suitable for graduates with a good degree from a UK higher education institution (or a recognised equivalent) who have sufficient mathematical knowledge to commence the course.
This could be through holding an A-level in mathematics, having an element of mathematics in your degree course and/or occupational experience of the subject.
Applicants must also meet the Department for Education (DfE) requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and completing successfully an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
In addition to academic qualifications, candidates will be expected to have good communication and organisational skills, possess a desire to learn more about mathematics and demonstrate a commitment to teaching the subject.
To be eligible to start this course you MUST hold a conditional offer of a place on an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary Mathematics course.
Starting: Feb 2020
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Starting: May 2020
Sorry, this course is not available to International students.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.
Once you have accepted a conditional offer onto a PGCE course you should apply using the link above. You will need to provide proof of this offer when you apply. Our admissions team will process your offer and further information will be sent to you
If you have any for further queries, please contact the Programme Lead for the SKE courses via email on: Tracey.Goodyere@bcu.ac.uk.
There are no course fees for this course. You may be eligible for a bursary, paid weekly. You can find details on the DfE website.
Throughout this SKE course you will learn the core principle of mathematics in relationship to the new syllabuses taught in school. You will focus on the 4 main areas of mathematics, Algebra, Number, Shape and Space and Data Handling and go into in topic in depth to understand why something is true and not just how.
You will explore excellent teaching resources and develop skills in how to plan a lesson as well as practice teaching with your peers. You will look at common misconceptions and how to teach for understanding to eliminate these. You will experience the difference between fluency, reasoning and problem solving as well as considering how to make pupils think more deeply.
You will be assessed through short tasks and tests relating to mathematical knowledge, a written assignment on the teaching and assessment of mathematics in schools and a subject presentation simulating a school taught session.
Pre-initial teacher training Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are intensive programmes, which have been accredited by the Department for Education.
As a provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Birmingham City University is regularly inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted).
Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial. It inspects and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
Ofsted inspections of ITT providers provide an expert and independent assessment of how well we are performing and the quality of teacher training offered. Information in the inspection report can help prospective trainees decide which universities suit their training needs.
In the latest Ofsted Inspection (March 2014) we were was awarded a grade 2 rating 'Good' for our primary and early years, secondary and post-compulsory education and training provision.
On successful completion of the SKE programme, you will progress directly onto a Level 7 Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course, for example a PGCE Secondary Mathematics course.
Our one year full-time PGCE Secondary Education Mathematics course, which starts in September, qualifies trainees to teach 11 to 16 year olds. The course offers the additional benefit of post-16 enhancement giving you maximum flexibility when looking for a job.
After you have successfully completed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement in Mathematics course and then an initial teacher training course, for example a PGCE Secondary Mathematics course you will be ready to begin your career as a mathematics teacher in the secondary sector.
Graduates of the PGCE Secondary Mathematics course at Birmingham City University are highly successful in finding teaching posts.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.
As part of these plans, the University's Education provision will join the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston during 2018.
This is the third phase of the University's project to move all teaching and learning to two campuses, City Centre and City South. By moving our Education provision, we are creating a hub for the provision of public service contracts and professional development at City South Campus and improving the student experience with a stronger sense of community and more consistent support services and facilities.
In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.
All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.
Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.
The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.
The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.
Martin completed a Bed in Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University and began his teaching career at a Secondary school in Sandwell. Martin then moved onto work as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Birmingham City University, teaching on the PGCE and SKE courses for four years, before taking up a post as Assistant Principal at a school in Dudley.
After 5 years back in school, Martin has returned to work at Birmingham City University as a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education.