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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education, Bachelor

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
If you don’t have a specialist mathematics background, this course will give you the subject knowledge and teaching techniques to be an effective mathematics teacher in primary and secondary schools. It’s also suitable for numeracy consultants, learning support assistants or if you’re working in home education. You’ll develop your mathematical thinking, knowledge and understanding of underpinning mathematics at all key stages; and awareness of how people learn mathematics.

About

If you don’t have a specialist mathematics background, this course will give you the subject knowledge and teaching techniques to be an effective mathematics teacher in primary and secondary schools. It’s also suitable for numeracy consultants, learning support assistants or if you’re working in home education. You’ll develop your mathematical thinking, knowledge and understanding of underpinning mathematics at all key stages; and awareness of how people learn mathematics.

Key features of the course
  • Ideal professional development for teachers
  • Comprises short modules at honours level on the QAA framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Provides experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
  • Develops your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics.
Career impact
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Skills for career development

This diploma will help you develop the subject knowledge and teaching methods needed to teach mathematics at all key stages without a specialist mathematics background. It will also enhance highly-valued transferable skills including:

  • communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
  • explaining mathematical ideas to others
  • understanding complex mathematical texts
  • working with abstract concepts
  • thinking logically
  • expressing problems in mathematical language
  • constructing logical arguments
  • working on open-ended problems
  • finding solutions to problems
  • interpreting mathematical results in real-world terms
  • analysing/interpreting data
  • using professional and relevant software.

Career relevance

This course provides ideal professional development if you wish to enhance your existing teaching qualifications or specialise in teaching mathematics. It will also equip you with transferable skills and knowledge sought after by fields such as finance, accountancy, engineering, science, defence, the pharmaceuticals industry and business.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Exams and graduation only
    • Teacher support
      Only feedback on assignments and exams

Programme Structure

This graduate diploma comprises 120 credits.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

You’ll start by developing your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics in schools (with an emphasis on Key Stage 3) and broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. You’ll then choose two or three modules focusing on teaching and learning in different areas of mathematics – including statistics, algebra and geometry.

Optional modules (120 credits)

Select from these 30-credit modules:

  • Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620)*

This module is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics. It is suitable for any Key Stage, and will broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on two tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In order to complete the assessments, you will need access to learners of mathematics. Students on this module have worked with a variety of learners from Key Stage 2 pupils to adults. Places are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so you should register as early as you can.

  • Developing algebraic thinking (ME625)

This module is for you if you are interested in developing your knowledge and understanding of the learning of algebra particularly at Key Stages 2–4. It integrates development of the core ideas of algebra with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use algebra. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on three tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In order to complete the module assessments, you will need access to learners of algebra at Key Stages 2–4, which could include adult learners.

  • Developing statistical thinking (ME626)

This module will help you develop your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the learning of statistics particularly at Key Stages 2 to 4. As well as improving your statistical thinking, you’ll learn about different teaching approaches, including use of ICT tools such as scientific calculators and computers. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on three tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete these assessments, you’ll need access to learners of statistics at Key Stages 2–4, which could include adult learners.

  • Developing geometric thinking (ME627)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the learning of geometry particularly at Key Stages 2–4. This module integrates development of the core ideas of geometry with relevant pedagogical constructs and principles, and will extend your awareness of how people learn and use geometry. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on three tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete these assessments, you’ll need access to learners of geometry at Key Stages 2–4, which could include adult learners.

and the 60-credit module:

  • Researching mathematics learning (ME825)**

This module is designed for the professional development of anyone working with learners of mathematics – whether as a teacher, classroom assistant, lecturer, adviser or parent. You’ll develop ways of exploring mathematics teaching and learning; interpret current thinking on the subject; and investigate aspects of the social and political context. You will consider tasks to generate pupils’ activity and explore the impact of different tasks on learners. You’ll also reflect and work on you own mathematics, develop your mathematical autobiography and explore further the readings and ideas that influence you most.

*If you choose this module, we recommend that you study it as your first module

**If you choose this module, we recommend that you study it as your final module

On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, you will be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. However, it’s assumed that you’ll have some experience in the area of teaching and learning mathematics. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

Work Experience

In order to complete your studies, you’ll need access to learners of mathematics working at Key Stages 2 to 4, which could include adult learners.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5264 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5264 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5264 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5264 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.

Funding

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