The SKE Mathematics course at Birmingham is a highly rated subject knowledge enhancement route for those who wish to teach Mathematics. The course will help you to increase your confidence by developing a deep understanding of Mathematics at A level and beyond. The majority of the SKE course will be University based with face to face sessions with experienced Mathematics teachers. There will also be opportunities to visit schools in order to gain experience of mathematics being taught in a secondary school allowing students to reflect on developing good practice in teaching and working with school students.
The subject enhancement course at Birmingham works on two levels: the development of personal mathematics knowledge, and also thinking about teaching and learning issues whilst being a learner 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 SKE course is suitable for career changers as well as those who have recently graduated. Former students include those who have worked in law, banking and marketing as well as those who have worked in schools as teaching assistants.
It is possible to follow a 24 week SKE programme or a 12 week programme depending on the need of each student. You are welcome to apply at any time and if successful will be placed onto a suitable programme of study.
Following successful completion of the SKE course, you will automatically be eligible to take up your place on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) Mathematics course which currently attracts bursaries of up to £26,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to attract more well qualified Mathematics teachers as well as an additional £6,000 early-career payment once in teaching. You may also be eligible for a scholarship of £28,000 in lieu of the bursary from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Mathematical Association (MA), Maths in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS).
Please contact the course tutor if you require further information.
If your degree has the equivalent mathematics content of 50% of a mathematics degree then you might like to consider the 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.
Information on our other PGDipEd (QTS) secondary subjects may be found on the Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (QTS) course page.
Following satisfactory completion of the PGDipEd course, plus a successful induction year in school, you can return to complete an MA in Teaching Studies.
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