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At the heart of teaching mathematics is the need to understand the way people learn maths, and an effective teacher employs a variety of ways of introducing the subject to a range of learners. Well qualified and enthusiastic mathematics teachers are in short supply, and there are a number of financial initiatives available to support those who want to teach mathematics. Visit the Department for Education's Get into teaching website for more information. Wherever you want to teach – from primary to FE – you will have to understand how the learning and teaching of mathematics are linked. And you will need to have enough maths yourself to enable learners to engage with the mathematical problems they will meet in daily life.

Whether teaching mathematics is your personal career choice, or you’re an educational organisation looking to bring your staff’s skills and knowledge right up to date, the OU Centre for Mathematics Education provides flexible and cost-effective study support, including:

  • distance learning courses, books and resources to develop your own mathematical abilities
  • courses to enhance your teaching approach, from early years through to tertiary education, covering subjects such as algebra, geometry and statistics
  • professional development programmes for schools and local education authorities.

Degrees ( More about Degrees
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Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.

For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.

With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.

You can use a degree to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
  • gain professional recognition
  • go onto postgraduate study, such as a diploma or masters degree.
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  • Mathematics and its Learning
    This degree combines the study of mathematics with the theory of the learning and teaching of mathematics. You will get a grounding in pure and applied mathematics, in statistics, and in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
  • Open degree
    The BA/BSc Open Degree is a qualification that gives you a huge choice in terms of subjects and modules that you study to make up your degree.

Diplomas of Higher Education ( More about Diplomas of Higher Education
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A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.

DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.

You can use a DipHE to:

  • change careers or progress your current career
  • gain technical and professional skills
  • gain a greater knowledge and understanding of a subject you are interested in
  • gain professional recognition
  • achieve a full honours degree through additional study.

The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.

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OU Diplomas ( More about OU Diplomas
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OU Diplomas are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the most popular route into a career in teaching at secondary level in Scotland.

You can use an OU Diploma to:

  • enhance or progress your current career
  • to gain professional recognition.

 

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Certificates of Higher Education ( More about Certificates of Higher Education
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A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.

You can use a CertHE to:

  • gain confidence to study successfully at university level
  • change careers or progress your current career
  • build on your existing experience and gain new skills
  • gain a broad introduction to a subject you are interested in
  • achieve a foundation degree, DipHE or full honours degree through additional study.
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Getting started with an Access module

There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.

Choose a qualification to find out more.

Study a module as a standalone course

You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in Mathematics Education.

Postgraduate options

If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Mathematics and Statistics.

Are you already an OU student ? Go to StudentHome for information on choosing your next module.

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If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.

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