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PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ Mathematics (Numeracy)

PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education (M) 14+ Mathematics (Numeracy)

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Full time | University of Bolton | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Basic Mathematics (Numeracy) Teaching Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Flexible Learning Design Mathematics Teaching

Course type


Course Summary

There’s a national shortage of mathematics and numeracy tutors. If you have a bachelor’s degree along with a talent for maths and the desire to help people overcome their fear of numbers, this Master’s level qualification opens the door to teaching up to Level 2/GCSE mathematics and numeracy to learners aged 14 and over.

Course Details

There’s a national need for more people who can teach mathematics and numeracy. If you have a bachelor’s degree and a strong background in mathematics at Level 3, equivalent to A-level, this course offers you a route into a rewarding career helping people aged 14 or over gain mathematics and numeracy skills up to Level 2 (GCSE standard). This can significantly improve their life chances. Offering 60 credits at Master’s level that can be transferred to a full Master’s award, it’s designed to show your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education.

Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you’ll be able to explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of mathematics and numeracy, and how they link into current research in education.

We’ll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our expert and supportive tutors will work to help you become a skilled, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

Key Features:

  • This is a pre-service ITE course - you don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • This PGCE 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET) which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the sector. It‘s ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, universities, the prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills) which is recommended for teaching in the further education and training sector.

Career Opportunities

The course aims to equip you to be an effective teacher in the classroom and is designed to lead to a teaching career in the FE and Skills sector. As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, including communicating mathematical ideas clearly, team work, planning and the ability to solve problems, in relation to education.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills on a professional placement in a post-14 context, gaining the excellent classroom and behaviour management skills which are essential for this career path.

What Can I Do With This Qualification?

This course is designed for those who wish to work in teaching or training. Career opportunities exist across the sector in FE Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, training providers, prisons and within work-based and community learning in the subject you are qualified in.


This module centres upon subject specific delivery in the education sector. The purpose of the module is to enable you to focus on the theoretical issues involved in promoting positive behaviour and well-being for the learning environment. You will develop critical understanding and knowledge of inclusive practice through an exploration of key learning theories. You will develop your understanding of your role as a teacher in the education sector, and will develop strategies to promote best practice in inclusion and promoting positive behaviour. You will critically evaluate the impact of this on the teaching and learning environment and explore the boundaries and legislation that affect you as a teacher.

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Entry requirements

You must have a good Second Class Honours degree (2:1 or above, or equivalent) in a relevant subject, plus a level 3 qualification (or equivalent) in mathematics (e.g. A-level Mathematics or an IMA Polymaths Certificate). If you don’t have the required mathematics qualifications, then the University has a pre-course task book and assessment that will enable you to show evidence of your mathematics skills at level 3 and that may be accepted as meeting the entry requirements. If your qualifications aren’t from a recognised UK education institution, advice will be taken from the International Office on comparability. If your Honours degree is in Mathematics, and you wish to teach mathematics at Level 3 or above (e.g. A-level), please see our PGCE 14+ course details. However, if you would prefer to teach mathematics and numeracy up to and including Level 2 (e.g. GCSE) then our PGCE Mathematics (Numeracy) courses, including this one, are appropriate. If you have an HND, Foundation Degree or DipHE, please see our CertEd Certificate in Education 14+ courses. If you have a Lower Second Class (2:2) or Third Class Honours degree (or equivalent), please see our PGCE Professional Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ courses.

University information

The University of Bolton has a long history of providing high-quality education in the northwest of England. Founded in 1825, today it offers students a contemporary campus just a short distance from the town centre. Home to 11,000 students, the University of Bolton is ranked number one in the North West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021). Postgraduate study is a challenging, exhilarating and rewarding advancement,...more