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Primary Mathematics Specialist with QTS

  • Train to be an outstanding primary teacher, capable of teaching pupils across the entire primary age range, with specialist expertise in Mathematics;
  • Become an advocate for Mathematics and inspire children to enjoy learning;
  • Join an innovative, school-led programme and learn from specialist tutors and expert practitioners at the cutting edge of developments in education;
  • Benefit from high quality training through our excellent partnerships with schools and experience a variety of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes;
  • Develop your own interests and receive individual support to challenge you to make outstanding progress.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

The presence of a Mathematics specialist in every primary school, who will champion this challenging subject, was a key recommendation of the Williams Report, 2008.

The PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist with QTS is a school-led programme which combines on-campus study with training in placement schools and settings.

You will train to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and achieve the Teachers’ Standards. The training experience is designed to fully prepare you for your first year as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

During the programme, you will study all of the National Curriculum subjects and you will specialise in Mathematics in great depth. You will qualify as a Primary teacher who will also be able to bring a passion for Mathematics and excellent Mathematics subject knowledge to a first teaching post.

Successful completion of this PGCE will lay the foundations for you to become a leader in mathematics, generating enthusiasm for Mathematics amongst children, and modelling and leading others in the development of enriching, engaging and challenging lessons.

Entry requirements

When you apply, you should already be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, normally founded on at least 10 days of experience in primary classrooms in the two years prior to your application;
  • GCSE at Grade A (or equivalent qualification) in Mathematics;
  • Suitable personal and presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English.

Before the programme commences, you must have:

  • A first class, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree from a UK university (or equivalent qualification);
  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in English Language;
  • GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 (or equivalent qualification) in Combined Science / Physics / Chemistry / Biology and two additional National Curriculum subjects (as taught in Key Stages 1 and 2).

In addition to the requirement for GCSE Mathematics at Grade A or A* (or equivalent) outlined above, an A or AS level in Mathematics would also be desirable. However, we are also able to take into consideration mathematical elements of your degree (for example, if you have studied mathematics, statistics, economics or other relevant degree subjects, such as psychology).

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics or English.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

An academic reference is required for all students who have graduated in the last five years. An interview and subject knowledge tests will form part of the selection process.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Course modules

PGP4100 Reflection on Academic and Professional Development (30 credits)

Reflection on Academic and Professional Development develops your knowledge, understanding and use of reflection as a tool for developing your own practice. The role of a primary school teacher is challenging, complex and ever-changing. This module will enable you to develop as a resilient, reflective, critically analytical, pro-active primary practitioner. You will be supported in developing a range of skills, knowledge and understanding that will assist you in positively impacting on the learning, progress and well-being of the children you work with. The aim is for you to develop a positive attitude to your future continuous professional and academic development and to start to become a practice-based researcher in your own context.

PGP4102 Evidence-based Research and Leadership for Mathematics Specialists (30 credits)

Evidence-based Research and Leadership for Mathematics Specialists enables you to become a leader of teaching and learning within Primary Mathematics with the potential to drive improvement and school development in your subject. You will develop the ability to critically ‘consume’ current research, theory and policy documents using research methodology, validity and ethics. Focusing on the critical identification and reading of source material, you will produce a literature review on a specific aspect of Mathematics relevant to primary education, gain confidence in accessing, evaluating and challenging relevant research findings, synthesise your findings to generate personal principles and perspectives, and apply these to classroom practice.

In addition to the above modules, the course features a range of non-modular activities, covering curriculum subject knowledge and professional practice. These activities will support you in the development of the professional skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes encapsulated in the Teachers’ Standards (Department for Education 2014).

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Assessment methods

A balanced combination of coursework and observed classroom experience will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. You will also complete rigorous subject knowledge audits and checks to ensure you have outstanding subject knowledge.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
PGCE Full-time £ 12,500 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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