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Teaching Mathematics - Functional Skills, Numeracy, Postgraduate Diploma

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) Canterbury, United Kingdom
Teaching Mathematics -  Functional Skills, Numeracy degree offered at Canterbury Christ Church University 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.


Teaching Mathematics -  Functional Skills, Numeracy degree offered at Canterbury Christ Church University 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.

What can I do next?

Completion of the diploma, in addition to a recognised teaching qualification, allows numeracy teachers to apply for QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Numeracy and the Learners
  • Understand the roles of mathematics and numeracy in the world at large
  • Develop knowledge 
  • Developing Numeracy Knowledge and Understanding
  • Understand the origins and status of mathematical knowledge 
  • Develop learners' mathematics and numeracy in a range of settings and contexts
  • Numeracy Teaching and Learning
  • Plan mathematics 
  • Select, develop and use appropriate resources for mathematics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Canterbury

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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