Former student Ben Bebbington, who now works as a secondary mathematics teacher, talks about the Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement route for non-specialists.
The first year of this mathematics two-year route is a highly rated subject knowledge enhancement course (SKE). This is a conversion course for those who wish to teach mathematics but have a degree with relatively little mathematics content. The course helps develop a deep understanding of mathematics at A level and beyond. This includes the ability to carry out mathematics and also the ability to justify and account for why properties, relationships and procedures hold. The course works on two levels: the development of personal mathematics knowledge, and also thinking about teaching and learning issues whilst being a learner of mathematics. The course aims to develop a deep understanding of issues and complexities which surround the teaching and learning of mathematics. We wish to develop you as a thinking teacher who can be aware of choices in how to teach mathematics and make informed decisions about how you work with students. The second year, PGDipEd (QTS), currently attracts bursaries of up to £20,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified mathematics teachers.
Following satisfactory completion of courses, plus a successful induction year in school and references, students can return to complete an MEd in Teaching Studies (involving data collection and a 15,000 word dissertation).
If you have an Engineering or Physics degree you may also be interested in our new Physics with Mathematics PGDipEd(QTS) course.
If your degree has the equivalent mathematics content of 50% of a mathematics degree then you might like to consider one year Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics teaching course instead.
We also offer the Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematics course if you are interested in teaching young children.
The School of Education is committed to equal opportunities in the access to and provision of education. For more information please see the following documents:
School Mission Statement (PDF 23KB, opens new window)
Disability and Disability Equality Scheme
Information on our other PGDipEd (QTS) subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page.
There are no tuition fees for the Subject Knowledge Enhancement course (SKE). In the PGDipEd(QTS) year, fees will be at 2014/2015 rate: £9,000 UK/EU full-time, £13,665 overseas full-time.
Scholarships and studentships
Students are not eligible for statutory support during their SKE period. Home/EU students will be eligible to apply for statutory support from their relevant funding agency during the PGDipEd year. Please view the Funding for Initial Teacher Education page for more information.
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries