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Teaching Adult Numeracy/maths: (Awarded by the University of Bedfordshire) Level 5 University CPD Certificate

Why study this course?

This is a 45 credit in-service University CPD Certificate. It is Ideal for teachers who already have Level 2/GCSE Maths, Level 3 Maths and even a degree in a Maths related subject. This course will provide specialist Maths professional teacher training for teachers who teach Maths up to Level 3 in the Skills for Life area of post-compulsory education. The programme is recognised by the Department for Education and Skills and incorporates the 2014 Education and Training (ETF) teacher teaching standards. It is recommended for teachers of Functional Skills and GCSE Maths. The course allows a teacher to become a Maths Subject Specialist. Although applicants should be aware that all teachers of Maths are required to gain a full initial teaching qualification (CertEd/PGCE) in addition.

What will I study?

This is a 1 year part-time course and weekly attendance is required. The course covers the following areas:
• Use understanding drawn from educational theory to conceptualise the process of developing a command of numeracy/maths
• Recognise barriers to numeracy/maths learning and develop strategies to overcome them
• Develop and evaluate a range of teaching methods and approaches and associated materials
• Develop your own numeracy/maths skills to standards required in Subject Specifications at NQF Level
• Demonstrate threshold standards of quality and consistency of practice
• Identify areas of your practice which can be improved
• Research through literature and consult with tutors, mentor and colleagues as a means to improve those areas
• Enhance your teaching through constructive use of reflection and feedback from students, colleagues, tutors and mentors

You will be able to:
• Understand fundamental attributes of mathematics and numeracy
• Understand the attributes of procedures within mathematics and numeracy
• Understand how learning theories and the origins and status of mathematics impact on numeracy teaching
• Be able to use evaluation of practice to improve numeracy learning and teaching
• Understand the links between popular perceptions of mathematics and their roles within numeracy learning
• Understand how numeracy can impact on different contexts and subjects
• Be able to use assessment processes to identify the skills and aspirations of numeracy learners
• Be able to use inclusive approaches to meet the individual needs of numeracy learners
• Be able to promote learning support and learner support within numeracy learning and teaching
• Understand how to liaise with others to promote the inclusion of numeracy and wider skills in learning programmes

What will I be able to do after I complete this course?

This standalone University Certificate in Skills for Life (SfL) is worth 45 H.E credits at Level 5. Although a standalone qualification the credit can be used towards a degree at a University. This course is a requirement for those Maths/Numeracy teachers wishing to gain QTLS as a Skills for Life (SfL) specialist.

How will I be assessed?

Most of the taught sessions will be used for discussions and group exercises which students will need to supplement with independent study. Assessment on the course is via a system of credits. Credits are awarded when students can demonstrate through a portfolio of work, assignment or presentation that they have met the Learning Outcomes of the modules. Some Learning Outcomes are related to practical skills, others to knowledge gained. When students have gained credits for all the modules, they receive the overall award. All assessments are subject to moderation by the University and also by an external moderator.

Assessment also includes:
1. Case Study (2,000 words)
2. Report Mathematical Skills and Knowledge (3,000 words)
3. Teaching File (Including Observation of Teaching)
4. Reflective Evaluation (2,000 words)