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Diploma in Teaching Mathematics

Level 5 Diploma

Starts October 2018
Qualification 45 credits NQF Level 5
Entry requirements

A full generic teaching qualification. Level 3 assessment/qualification in Maths. English at level 2. A cleared DBS check and a subject specialist mentor. A mathematics teaching placement or be in a maths teaching role (either GCSE or Functional Skills) that provides at least 50 hours of practice over the year.

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0.

Length One year
Dates 11/10/18 (induction), 02/11/18, 07/12/18, 11/01/19, 08/02/19, 15/03/19, 12/04/19, 24/05/19
Time Fridays, 9.30am-16.30pm (except induction)
Contact Please use our Contact page to send us an enquiry
Cost £2,250

Course content (2018/19)

  • Attitudes & barriers to maths learning
  • Number & calculation
  • Making maths accessible
  • Theories & approaches to maths learning
  • Conceptual understanding & misconceptions
  • Language & maths
  • Assessment for learning
  • Maths & the real world
  • Problem solving
  • The role of algebra
  • Mathematical learning difficulties
  • Statistics & data handling
  • Technology & maths learning

Course induction

You will be expected to attend an induction day prior to the start of the course. This is particularly important for an introduction to the IT element of the course.

Taught sessions

You will meet once a month, approximately, for a taught session. Sessions last for a whole day, typically 9.30-4.30 with breaks and lunch. The days are highly interactive and combine a range of pedagogical approaches designed to model good practice and give you ideas which could translate into your own classrooms. This usually involves presentation, whole and small group work, peer learning and assessment, and the use of a range of new approaches & resources to develop maths skills.

Between each taught day, you will work online to complete a set of distance learning tasks that will prepare you for the subsequent taught day, or enable you to apply learning from the previous day.

Observation of teaching

You will be observed on your teaching 4 times in each module (usually 3 by a subject specialist teacher trainer and one by an experienced subject mentor). It is anticipated that you will build on and develop your practice throughout these observations, in line with Ofsted standards for trainee teachers. You will also have the opportunity to observe a peer. Teaching observations form a key aspect of the summative assessment for this course. Although we work to the Ofsted standards, the emphasis of observations is definitely on development of teaching skills and professional knowledge.


You will complete 3 assignments. Assignments provide you with an oppurtunity to link theory to practice and include themes on discourse analysis, teaching methods, action research and curriculum design. Assignments are a key part of the summative assessment for this course. For those who are new to assignment writing, or may not have done this for some time, there is sound support offered from tutors and a range of online materials to help with academic writing.

Reflective practice

As a teacher trainee, you will be required to reflect on your practice and many of the distance study tasks on this course are reflective in nature. Students keep on-line reflective journals (blogs) which allow a constant dialogue between them and their specialist teacher trainers.

Portfolio of evidence

At the end of the course, you will submit a portfolio of evidence, including distance study tasks, assignments and observation records. This is maintained online using an e-portfolio which can then be saved and 'taken away' by successful candidates after the courses has finished.

Tutorials and support

All students on the Diploma in Teaching courses will have a subject specialist course tutor and mentor. Online guidance as well as face-to-face opportunities are integral to this course.



Steve Pardoe, Programme Lead