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Lifelong Learning Sector (Numeracy), PCE Undergraduate prospectus

  • Rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in recent Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • 97% of our Lifelong Learning students are employed within 6 months of graduation
  • We arrange a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience in a placement college
  • You will be supported and assessed by a work mentor as well as a tutor at the university as you plan, deliver and assess teaching strategies.



Numeracy is one of the key skills required for future training and employment, to teach and inspire students at this stage is essential to their career prospects.

If you want to become a teacher of numeracy in further education, our full time Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) will give you the skills you need for teaching and classroom management. Whether you want a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres or community organisations our PCE programme will lead to the essential qualification required. 

We also encompass training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report found that "Trainees are taught the importance of reflecting on their own practice and apply this by continuing to evaluate and improve their teaching once they complete their course."

Your programme

Over the course of your training, you will plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies that generate enthusiasm for mathematics and challenge and empower your learners.

Our core programme will see you based in a placement college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

In Phase 1, you will be there for three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. For the remaining two days, you will be based at the university campus.

In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week, and the university for the last day. In total you will complete a minimum of 100 hours of teaching experience.

Throughout your training with us you will be supported and assessed by a mentor as well as a tutor at the university. Our experts will help you develop a knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts and processes. You will gain the pedagogical skills needed to teach numeracy in the lifelong learning sector. You will analyse innovative approaches to the teaching of both mathematical thinking and processes, review resources and activities across a range of models, plus strategies for dealing with errors and misconceptions.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

  • Minimum of Level 3 in your chosen subject area
  • Plus GCSE grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent) in English.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

  • You should have a level 3 qualification in a vocational subject related to numeracy
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition

Candidates will be required to:

  • Undertake selection tests and an interview 
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and occupational health screening.

Extra information


The programme is entirely coursework based. You will be assessed on the quality of written assignments and also your classroom teaching. Your teaching will be observed on eight occasions and you will need to pass all courses.


Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the lifelong learning sector.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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