Mathematics (11-16 age range QTS)

The programme will introduce you to a range of perspectives on the mathematics classroom and enable you to develop a variety of approaches to address pupils’ needs. You will learn how to make mathematics meaningful and to teach effectively. The UCL IOE’s mathematics educators have an international reputation for research and innovation and their research interests include curriculum, assessment and accountability in mathematics education; digital technologies in mathematics education; language and the learning of mathematics; identity in relation to learning mathematics; and social justice issues in mathematics education. The course introduces you to this research, prepares you for critical thinking about learning in general and learning mathematics in particular, and helps you to make connections between theoretical perspectives, research, policy and practice.  The course considers the purposes of mathematics education in the wider school context and in society as a whole, and looks at how mathematics can be made more relevant for pupils.

By the end of the course, you will be confident about teaching mathematics across the 11 to 16 age range. There will also be opportunities to develop some understanding of post-16 teaching. The course provides a strong basis for further professional development and leadership in mathematics education.

Mathematics Subject entry requirements

It is essential that you enjoy mathematics yourself and that you can explain mathematics in a clear way to stimulate pupils’ interest and self-confidence. You must have some recent experience of at least one urban state school. This will ideally include a visit and lesson observations across the age and achievement range. Good spoken and written English are also essential, and previous experience with children and young people is desirable.

Normally we expect you to have a degree in mathematics, or with substantial mathematics content (for example, mechanical engineering or physics). Ideally, you will have studied a broad range of mathematics, extending at least three of the following topics significantly beyond A level: analysis, algebra, geometry, calculus, mechanics, probability and/or statistics. We also consider applicants with a degree with some mathematics content; for example, statistics, chemistry and some economics or accountancy degrees.

Your degree should include specialist mathematics extending at least one of the topics listed above beyond A level. If you have a degree in a subject highly relevant to education such as psychology, philosophy or sociology, you are expected to have a grade A in mathematics at A level and further mathematics is desirable. It is essential that you enjoy mathematics yourself and that you can explain mathematics in a clear way to stimulate pupils’ interest and self-confidence. You must have some recent experience of at least one urban state school. This will ideally include a visit and lesson observations across the age and achievement range. Good spoken and written English are also essential, and previous experience with children and young people is desirable.