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Certificate in Education and PGCE (Mathematics: Numeracy)

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    University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

The aim of this programme is to enable you to develop into an outstanding maths and numeracy teacher. You will learn how to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching and learning and undertake a full teaching role, working with students at early levels of numeracy and up to GCSE/Level 2 Functional Skills and beyond. Our highly experienced staff will support you in developing your knowledge and applying it towards becoming a highly successful maths tutor.

This course will be delivered through a combination of lessons, tutorials and practical experience in a classroom setting. You will undertake 150 hours of teaching practice in a range of maths/numeracy settings during the year, with 2 days per week in your placement and 2 days per week in college.

Bursaries for Maths Graduates

As an incentive to encourage more graduates into teaching mathematics and numeracy, the Government have been awarding generous bursaries attached to these courses. Read more.

What are the entry requirements?

Admission to the subject specialist mathematics:numeracy awards within the nationally endorsed LSIS schemes will be open to new applicants to teaching and in-service teachers, trainers and tutors in adult, community, work-based and training provision and the wider Further Education and Skills Sector, who, at the time of starting the scheme meet the following entry requirements:

  • 1. BA / B.Sc / B.Ed. in mathematics or A Level mathematics grade A-E or Level 3 knowledge and skills in mathematics (ascertained at assessment/interview). Similar qualifications in subjects closely allied to mathematics will also be considered.
  • 2. A Level 3 (QCF) qualification in a related subject, as a minimum. If some of the teaching is to be undertaken in a subject other than Numeracy, this qualification must be in this teaching subject specialism.
  • 3. Five GCSEs at Grade C and above, or equivalent, to include English and mathematics.
  • 4. The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).
  • 5. A teaching or training contract for a minimum of 75 hours of teaching per academic year for the part time programme, or 150 hours of teaching placement for the full time award. In some circumstances, a voluntary teaching placement may also be possible for part time trainees. The teaching hours must include at least 100 hours of Numeracy/Functional Mathematics teaching and practice must be undertaken within at least two of the three levels of the maths curriculum - Entry Level and one other (Level 1 or Level 2).

Teaching Hours
The scheme is considerably dependent upon trainee teachers putting into practice in their own classrooms the values, knowledge and professional skills they gain through their studies. It is a requirement of the programme that applicants should be employed or in a placement as teachers, trainers or tutors for a minimum of 150 hours during the programme. Whilst this is a benchmark, in cases where the quality, quantity or breadth of the teaching is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme, it may be necessary to arrange for trainees to carry out some additional teaching. Teaching practice must be carried out predominantly with groups of learners, although a little individual teaching can be undertaken. Effective teaching practice experience should ideally include:

  • Different teaching practice locations, settings and contexts
  • Teaching a wide variety of learners by age and ability
  • Experience of non-teaching roles

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance onto the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the University Centre and your placement provider. If you would like to discuss this issue in confidence, please contact Student Services Advisors in The Pod on 0151 353 4444, or call in to speak to them in person.

What can I do if I complete this course?

It is anticipated that demand for specially trained maths teachers in the Further Education sector will rise in line with the government initiatives that will see students studying maths and English throughout their compulsory education. Therefore, successful candidates on this programme will likely take up careers in colleges, training providers and sixth form colleges to teach maths up to GCSE level. Functional Skills maths forms an integral part of almost all programmes of study for apprenticeships.


One year, full time or two years, part time


Primary contact:
Steve Whittle, tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5543 or email: stephen.whittle@hughbaird.ac.uk

Other contact:
Martin Harrington, tel: 0151 353 4444 ext 5536 or email: martin.harrington@hughbaird.ac.uk


You don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front – Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England. They are available to all eligible students regardless of household income. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe and you won’t need to start paying them back until you are earning more than £21,000 per year. Student Loans will also help to support your living costs.

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/student-finance

The standard full time tuition fee rate for this course in 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

  • £6,000 per year

The standard part time tuition fee rate for 2017/18 for Home and EU students is:

  • £1,000 per 20 credit module

The University Centre’s tuition fees are reviewed each academic year.

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