The Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course, is a full time, campus-based conversion course for those who wish to teach mathematics but have a degree with relatively little mathematics content. The SKE course helps develop a deep understanding of mathematics at A level and beyond and includes over 5 weeks school based teaching placement. A place on a PGCE or PGDipEd course is not a requirement for admission to this course.
At the University of Birmingham we believe we should provide student teachers with the highest level of teacher training possible, and this is why we offer a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) rather than a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both qualifications lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but the PGDipEd also offers the equivalent of 120 credits at Master’s level (out of 180), which makes it a highly rewarding course by combining both theory and practice. The subsequent PGDipEd (QTS) course, currently attracts bursaries of up to £25,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified mathematics teachers.
Following satisfactory completion of the PGDipEd course, plus a successful induction year in school, students can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies (data collection and a 15,000 word dissertation).
If you are interested in applying for 2015, you will need to complete our online application form for this year and also complete the UCAS application for the PGDipEd (if you are successful, you will be offered a deferred entry for 2016 subject to completion of the SKE).
Further details may be found under the ‘How to Apply’ section.