Mathematics with Secondary Education

Diploma Teaching Mathematics: Functional Skills/Numeracy

Year of entry

This diploma course offers an additional qualification for functional skills/numeracy teachers who have already undertaken an initial teaching qualification. It is also appropriate for teachers of other subjects who wish to teach numeracy.

The course provides a framework for teachers to complete a Canterbury Christ Church University Diploma and meets the requirements for functional skills/numeracy teachers working in the Post Compulsory sector.

There is an emphasis on allowing teachers to develop their knowledge of issues in functional skills/numeracy through relevant academic study and interaction with other course members.

On most courses participants are drawn from a wide range of professional settings, so you will learn from the experiences of your peers and expand your professional network.
The course is for teachers of maths (functional skills, GCSE, numeracy) working in the post-compulsory sector (further education colleges, adult education).

Module content

  • Numeracy and the learners
  • Understand the roles of mathematics and numeracy in the world at large
  • Develop knowledge of the effects of learner backgrounds and needs on numeracy and mathematics learning
  • Developing numeracy knowledge and understanding
  • Understand the origins and status of mathematical knowledge and the effect on mathematics curriculum development
  • Develop learners' mathematics and numeracy in a range of settings and contexts
  • Numeracy teaching and learning
  • Plan mathematics and numeracy related module outlines and lessons considering learner needs, curriculum requirements, diversity and equality of opportunity
  • Select, develop and use appropriate resources for mathematics/numeracy learning, including ICT where appropriate.

Throughout each module you are encouraged to develop your subject knowledge and adopt appropriate approaches to mathematics and numeracy teaching.

Completion of the diploma, in addition to a recognised teaching qualification, allows numeracy teachers to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).
You will attend a number of taught sessions, usually three hours a week over an academic year. Each module is assessed through a combination of academic assignments and assessment of teaching practice.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  TBC N/A




Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.
Assessment is through written assignments and four observed lessons

If you are interested in applying for this course, please contact Nicola Clamp, Programme Administrator for a preliminary discussion.

Nicola Clamp, Programme Administrator,
Diploma in Teaching Mathematics:Functional Skills/Numeracy  School of Teacher Education and Development
Post Compulsory Education
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury CT1 1QU
Tel: 01227 923459

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 100 taught hours over one academic year

Entry requirements

  • To be selected for the course, you will need to have:

    • An initial teaching qualification (e.g. PGCE/Cert Ed./DTLLS) or be working towards one
    • A background of working at a suitable academic level
    • Good numeracy skills (there will be an initial assessment of numeracy skills at interview)
    • An existing teaching placement or the possibility of arranging at least 50 hours of numeracy teaching at two different curriculum levels in an appropriate context
    • An experienced colleague in the workplace who would be willing to act as a mentor.



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