Education (Mathematics: Numeracy) Cert Ed / PGCE

Education (Mathematics: Numeracy) Cert Ed / PGCE




Partner Institution

Why study this course?

The aim of this programme is to enable you to develop into an outstanding maths/numeracy teacher. You will learn how to plan, implement, assess and evaluate teaching and learning and undertake a full teaching role, working with students from very low levels of numeracy up to GCSE/Level 2.

Being numerate is a crucial life-skill. As a numeracy teacher you will help students to operate confidently, effectively and independently in their educational, personal and work life, by developing their problem-solving skills. Teaching maths/ numeracy is challenging and rewarding and requires not only a good understanding of maths, but also of how and why people learn.

The Certificate, and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Mathematics: Numeracy) are a nationally recognised qualification for teachers, trainers and tutors in the Further Education & Skills Sector. The qualification is not a secondary PGCE but there are opportunities to work in the secondary education sector on completion of the programme and completion of the professional formation leading to QTLS status.

The Further Education and Skills sector includes colleges, training providers, sixth forms, adult and community learning, prison education and apprenticeship provision. There are opportunities to teach a wide range of vocational courses and subjects that will help students of all ages to develop their skills and get jobs.

“The partnership is a very open and engaging one in which all partners are equal and each contributes very effectively to the whole.” Ofsted, November 2015

  • Duration:

    The part time course takes two academic years. The course is not currently being run full time.

  • Level:


  • Campus:

    Partner Institution

  • Award Type:

    Cert Ed / PGCE

  • Fees:

    Please contact the partner institution for information about fees

Entry Requirements


• ‘A’ Level mathematics grade A-E or Level 3 knowledge and skills in Mathematics (ascertained at assessment /interview) and GCSE maths.
• 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or equivalent) to include English.
• The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

Post Graduate Certificate:

• 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) and GCSE maths.
• 5 GCSE’s at grade A-C (or equivalent) to include English.
• The ability to communicate fluently, accurately and effectively in professional spoken English (IELTS 7.5 or equivalent).

Applicants applying for a specialist Maths: Numeracy course will be assessed at interview to ensure that their content knowledge and skills in Maths are at Level 3. There is a pre-interview task to help prepare and then an assessment will be set on the interview day. Based on the outcome of the assessment, a decision will be made regarding suitability for the programme. Applicants with a maths degree or Maths A level are exempt from the Maths Assessment


Further Information

What does the course involve?

On the programme you will spend time each week in class working on your understanding of numeracy and how to teach it. In these sessions, your tutors will model good teaching practice that you can use in your own teaching. The course will introduce you to planning and principles of learning, methods of teaching and assessing maths, and the underpinning educational theory to support your teaching practice and professional development. You will also develop your own understanding of maths concepts.
Your teaching placement is a central feature of the course. You are required to teach for a minimum of 75 hours per year over the period of the part-time course.

Whilst on the course you will be supported by the course team tutors and by a Mathematics: Numeracy Mentor, both of whom will observe you teaching and work closely with you to develop your practice and skills. The Subject Specialist Mentor will also provide valuable guidance in the teaching of maths/ numeracy.

“The quality of the training across the partnership is consistently good, with examples of outstanding provision.” Ofsted, November 2015

How do I apply?

Please apply directly to the college(s) of your choice, using the special application form they will send you. The contact details for each college can be found on the right under 'Partner Institutions'.

How do I find a placement?

If you are not already employed as a teacher, colleges may be able to help with finding you a placement but this is not always guaranteed. You will also need to take responsibility for finding a suitable placement for your teaching experience.

How will I be assessed?

Your course is assessed through a combination of a professional teaching practice portfolio and assignment work. You will be assessed throughout the course, with no final examination. In additional to these formal assessments, you need to demonstrate professionalism at all times, meeting the Education and Training Foundation Professional Standards.

What does this course qualify me to do?

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Mathematics: Numeracy) course at UCLan is primarily for those wishing to teach the 16+ age group. This qualification does not confer QTS or QTLS status. On successful completion of the course you can apply for QTLS status through the Education and Training Foundation which will enable you to be employed as a qualified teacher in a secondary school.

What jobs could this lead to?

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the Further Education and Skills sector. 69% of our July 2014 graduates are now employed in the sector.
‘Employment rates for trainees leaving their courses in 2014 are high’ Ofsted November 2015

A wide range of teaching opportunities exist across the learning and skills sector, in organisations including further education colleges, sixth forms, adult and community learning, the prison service and in private sector training organisations.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Mathematics: Numeracy) at UCLan is for those wishing to teach primarily in Further Education and sixth form. Whilst this is not a school teaching qualification there are now employment opportunities in some schools, particularly for teachers of vocational subjects.

‘Employment rates for trainees leaving their courses in 2014 are high’ Ofsted November 2015

Please download our course brochure for individual college contacts (.pdf 160Kb)


Partner Institutions

The UCLan partnership network offers higher education courses in 22 Partner Institutions, allowing students to study locally for their HE award. Partner students are able to take advantage of a wide-range of University facilities as well as accessing the facilities available at the Partner Institution.

Many of the courses run in partner institutions provide the opportunity to ‘Move On’ or progress to UCLan to complete a programme or to study for a higher qualification.


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Partner Institutions

This course is delivered at the following partner institution(s):





About the class sessions:

"Our tutor includes pictures and images to help us understand and remember. I have loved learning in this way and include this in my own sessions."

"Learning about deductive and inductive approaches really changed the way I think about teaching."

"Behavioural management discussion within the peer group is really helpful. We are all at the same level so we can discuss each other’s ideas."

"The lessons on ICT and resources have really developed my practice, using iPads, Nintendo DS, mobile technology, even in traditional A level classes."

"A variety of strategies were employed in the teaching sessions. On more than one occasion I used the same teaching method with my own students. It is these experiences which have informed the way that I now teach."

About teaching:

"Observations have been the most constructive and useful I have ever had."

"Action planning and creating personal goals after the observations is very helpful."

"The fact that we are teaching every week is very good, not teaching in blocks."

"Reflecting on my practice and valuing what I am doing is so helpful to my development."

"I spend less time in front of the board now; I am spending more time doing carousel activities to get learners involved."

"I’m incorporating greater differentiation now, and more inclusion."

"Through delivering a lesson, my subject knowledge is stronger now. I understand my subject more and I have a wider perspective."

"Good that we have made the transition to being a teacher who facilitates learning rather than ‘delivering’ it."

About support from staff:

"Moral support at challenging times, keeping myself and my learners safe."

"Great support and reassurance from the tutor, who is always approachable and responsive."

"Staff support has really helped to increase my self-confidence."

"Teaching observations have been the most constructive and useful I have ever had."

"I believe that throughout the course I have made a journey which has definitely helped me develop as a better teacher and has enriched my learning and teaching."