Level 5 Diploma
|Qualification||45 credits NQF Level 5|
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 teaching placement or be in a teaching role 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.
|Dates||Year one: to be confirmed.|
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Course content (2017/18)
- Maths and the Learners: perceptions & attitudes towards maths; personal & affective barriers; language & maths; mathematical learning difficulties
- Developing Mathematical Knowledge and Understanding: learning theories & viewpoints about maths & maths education; research into effective maths teaching & learning; historical & cultural development of maths
- Maths Learning and Teaching: conceptual understanding & misconceptions; making maths meaningful & accessible; developing skills & understanding in number, data handling, measures & geometry, algebra; ICT in maths learning
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.
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.
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