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PGCE | Postgraduate Taught

Education (Mathematics)

Entry year
2020
Entry requirements
At least a 2.2 Honours degree
Duration
1 years (Full Time)
Places available
approx. 25
  • Overview

    The PGCE in Mathematics is broadly aligned with the Northern Ireland Curriculum, training graduates to teach Mathematics across the 11-18+ year age range. The programme aims to develop your competence and confidence in the teaching of Mathematics and in the general professional role of the teacher.

    Our PGCE will appeal to you if you wish to move into teaching and if you are a graduate in Mathematics (or cognate discipline) or about to graduate in Mathematics (or a cognate discipline).

    Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

    Education (Mathematics) highlights

    Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014).

    Professional Accreditations

    • We are a General Teaching Council (GTCNI) accredited provider of Initial Teacher Education programmes.

    Student Experience

    • The Education and Training Inspectorate has assessed the ‘Outcomes for learners’ on the course to be ‘Outstanding’. Students are involved in active, enquiry-based and research-informed learning throughout the course.
    “The PGCE at Queen’s attracts a lively mix of students from different parts of the UK and Ireland, from a variety of local and national universities and colleges, and from different academic disciplines. We prepare confident, innovative and high quality teachers who find employment both in Northern Ireland and the UK as well as in international schools worldwide.”

    Dr Pamela Cowan, Pathway Convenor (PGCE IT/Computing)

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    After enrolment in early September, you will complete an Induction week followed by a two-week block experience in a primary school.

    The next block of the course is devoted to university-based tuition consisting of subject-specific and generic taught sessions and directed independent study before you commence your first eleven week period of professional placement based in a school.

    At the beginning of February, you return to university-based tuition in preparation for your second eleven week professional period in a school. A final week of university-based tuition completes the course at the beginning of June.

    Successful completion of the PGCE depends on achieving satisfactory standards in both practical teaching and in course work.

    The extended placements, which we arrange, are in two different schools, normally one spent in a school catering for 11 – 16 age range or a non-selective school, and the other in an 11 – 18 age range or a selective grammar school. This ensures a varied experience of teaching in different schools and working with pupils from the whole ability range.

    In the two post-primary schools you will work closely with members of each school’s staff. Your subject lecturer from Queen’s will also maintain close co-operative links with these teachers during your school placements.

    Course DetailsThe programme combines university-based tuition, consisting of taught sessions and directed independent study, with professional placements in schools and is organised around three interdependent strands:

    Professional School-based Experience - focuses on developing practical teaching competence particularly through working closely with experienced teachers during periods of school placement.

    Subject Studies - how to teach Mathematics.

    Education and Professional Studies (EPS) - EPS provides a common core of experiences where students’ professional values and professional knowledge and understanding are developed. In this module, through lectures, seminars and Collaborative Inquiry Groups (CIGs), students have opportunities to reflect on regional policy and practice in the light of international research and theory. Students are in mixed subject groups for EPS seminars, workshops and CIGs which is regarded as an important aspect of the module and is designed to encourage learning across disciplines and develop collegiality. The content of EPS is organized around four broad themes: Curriculum, Learning and Assessment; Pastoral Care; Diversity and Inclusion; The Teacher as a Professional.

    Extra places are reserved to prepare those who are interested in teaching their subject through the medium of Irish in Irish-medium schools. An additional certificate in Irish Medium Education (IME) is awarded in conjunction with St Mary's University College.

    People teaching you

    Dr Ian Cantley
    Pathway Convenor

    SSESW
    Dr Ian Cantley coordinates and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Mathematics programme. His research interests encompass both mathematics education and aspects of the philosophy of education. Dr Cantley is particularly interested in the influence of teacher attributes and organisational/societal factors on the pedagogical practices of mathematics educators and students' mathematical learning. He is also interested in the influence of active learning strategies on the affective domain in mathematics education. From a philosophical and mathematical perspective, Dr Cantley retains an interest in the theoretical foundations of educational measurement models, such as item response theory, which was the focus of his doctoral research. Dr Cantley’s current main research interests are: • The influence of teacher characteristics and organisational/societal factors on mathematics teachers' pedagogical practices and students' mathematical learning; • Strategies for improving students' mathematical learning outcomes; • The mathematical and philosophical foundations of educational measurement models.

    Dr James Nelson
    PGCE Programme Director


    Email: j.nelson@qub.ac.uk Dr James Nelson has oversight of the PGCE.

    Teaching Times

    Typically Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm. School-based placements are dependent on the host school's timetable for the school day.

    Career Prospects

    Introduction
    This PGCE prepares students for teaching in secondary-level schools (age 11-18+). You will gain qualified teacher status (QTS).

    Qualified teachers have found employment in secondary schools, progressing through either a subject specialist or pastoral route into middle and senior management. Others have gone on to successfully complete further postgraduate study.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities available with this course are outlined below:

    Indicative Number of Modules per Semester

    1.5 modules per Semester (30 CATS points)

    Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

    80% lectures, 20% private study.

    Assessment

    Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:

    Coursework comprises subject studies assignments, practical teaching and core tasks arising from lectures, seminars and tutorials addressing key educational issues.

    Facilities

    The Graduate School
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  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    Graduate
    Please note the closing date for 2020 entry to this programme is 1st November 2019 at 5pm.

    Applications received after the closing date will be regarded as LATE and will be considered only if vacancies exist when all applications received by the closing date have been processed. Normally we do not consider ‘late’ applications before June at the earliest.

    All applicants must possess the following:

    - At least a 2:2 Honours degree (and/or higher degree) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, in an acceptable discipline relevant to teaching mathematics (for example, mathematics, joint degrees involving mathematics with relevant curriculum modules, physics, engineering, accountancy, actuarial science, finance, economics or business studies). Degrees in cognate areas may be considered if 50% or more of the modules studied are deemed currently relevant to teaching mathematics. Applicants with numerate degrees in a subject other than mathematics must possess at least a Grade B in A-level Mathematics, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, at the time of application.

    - At the time of application, GCSE Mathematics grade C, and GCSE English Language grade C or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

    We reserve the right to enhance the shortlisting criteria if the course is over-subscribed.

    Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

    Further information is available at https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/ssesw/Study/PostgraduateTaught/PGCE/

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £4,395
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £9,250
    Other (non-UK) EU £4,395
    International £16,900

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

    Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges.

    Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.

    If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.

    Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.

    There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Education (Mathematics) costs

    "Students are required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI costing £33 and a Fitness to Teach assessment costing £45.
    Students have two mandatory eleven week placement and are responsible for funding any travel, accommodation and subsistence. These costs vary depending on the location of the placement provider. Students will be expected to dress professionally and may incur additional costs for clothing. Additional costs will be incurred for the creation of teaching materials whilst on placement, which may be partly absorbed by the placement school.

    How do I fund my study?

    Applicants are eligible for Undergraduate related funding, rather than Postgraduate. Please see the following sources for more information:

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
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