The School of Education at the University of Birmingham has a long tradition of delivering teacher training courses. Its teaching has been recently graded as 'outstanding' for the third consecutive time by Ofsted inspectors which reaffirms the University’s status as one of the UK’s leading institutions for excellence in teacher training. The Ofsted report states that “such is the confidence of schools that trainees from the University of Birmingham are of high quality, employment rates for both primary and secondary phases exceed national averages by some margin. Trainees display excellent professional qualities: they are clear that good teaching leads to pupils who are interested in their work, enjoy learning and behave well.”
Former student Dave Lehman talks about his experiences of the PGDipEd(QTS) Secondary Mathematics course
This Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course is 36 weeks long of which 24 weeks are spent on placement in partnership schools. There are five phases: Preparation (university and some school-based activities); School Placement 1 (seven week placement in school); Development (university and one week in your second school); School Placement 2 (12 week block placement and some university days); Completion (two further weeks in second school and two weeks in university).
The course will not pretend that teaching mathematics is straightforward, because it is not! Our sessions will rarely be of the form of a lecture, instead we use activities and discussion as the main way of working.
We will help you become aware of issues relating to planning lessons, assessment, the difference between telling students information and teaching students, standard misconceptions students have about mathematics topics, how different approaches to teaching a topic can change the learning experience for students and how choice of resources and technology can change the sort of mathematics with which students engage. Along the way we will, of course, also introduce you to the National Curriculum and we will also do a lot of mathematics ourselves!
Download a summary of the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics programme (PDF, 74KB)
Subject Knowledge Enhancement course
If you don’t have a degree with at least 50% maths content then you might like to consider our Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) - Mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement route for non-specialists course instead.
If you have an Engineering or Physics degree you may be interested in our Physics with Mathematics PGDipEd(QTS)course.
We also offer the Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematicscourse if you are interested in teaching young children.
Information on all our other PGDipEd secondary subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page.