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Early Mathematics Intervention

  • Gain a detailed, theoretical understanding of young children’s mathematical development and of early intervention strategies;
  • Make a positive impact on your own practice;
  • Study online at a pace that suits you.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Early Mathematics Intervention provides a theoretical and knowledge base for early mathematics intervention practitioners. It will enable you to reflect upon and make informed decisions about your own practice and to research and contribute to the development of policy and practice on a wider scale.

The programme is available to Every Child Counts practitioners, Numbers Count Teachers, and other members of the teaching profession who are interested in interventions. We may also be able to offer places on the course to teachers who are not directly involved in Every Child Counts but who would like to learn more about how to assess, teach and support young children at Key Stage 1 who have difficulties with mathematics.

Course modules

To gain a PGCert in Early Mathematics Intervention, you will study the following modules:

PBM4027 Early Mathematical Development and Assessment (30 credits)

Early Mathematical Development and Assessment will enhance your understanding of children’s early mathematical development. The module will cover theories of how children learn mathematics and consider the importance of diagnostic assessment in developing effective teaching approaches for children with very low attainment in mathematics. Factors that lead to low attainment will also be considered.

PBM4028 Effective Early Mathematics Intervention Strategies (30 credits)

Effective Early Mathematics Intervention Strategies develops your skills in delivering effective mathematics intervention to individuals and small groups of children. You will be encouraged to see each child as a unique individual who will need carefully targeted support. The module examines the approach to intervention adopted by the Every Child Counts programme and pedagogy appropriate to intervention. You will also consider how to develop working partnerships with other practitioners and parents and carers to ensure that intervention is as effective as possible.

To progress to studying an MA Education (Early Mathematics Intervention), you will also study the following modules:

PBM4029 The Impact of Educational Practice (60 credits)

The Impact of Educational Practice provides you with the opportunity to plan, execute and evaluate a practice-based enquiry which will have the highest levels of impact and outstanding outcomes for learners. The module will enable you to develop a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of enquiry-based research, critically analysing your own practice by means of a sound evidence base, before identifying an area of enquiry which will seek to have high levels of impact on your educational practice. Taking any ethical implications into consideration, you will design, apply and critically evaluate your chosen methodologies, methods of data collection and analysis before critically evaluating your chosen enquiry. The aim of the module is to inform the development of outstanding educational practice.

PBM4035 Exploring Practitioner Research and Research Methods (30 credits)

Exploring Practitioner Research and Research Methods develops your professional attributes, knowledge, understanding and skills in using practitioner research as an approach to collaborative professional learning and change in practice within an educational setting. The focus of the module will be on educational research and associated methodological issues.

To complete an MA award, you will then select a total of 30 credits from the following modules:

  • PBM4000 Investigating Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4001 Improving Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4002 Evaluation of Professional Standards in Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4003 Excellence in Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • PBM4004 Developing Outstanding Assessment (30 credits)
  • PBM4005 Behaviour for Learning (30 credits)
  • PBM4006 Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning (30 credits)
  • PBM4007 Observation of Outstanding Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4008 Developing Subject Knowledge (30 credits)
  • PBM4009 Enhancing Subject knowledge (30 credits)
  • PBM4010 Evaluating Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)
  • PBM4011 Developing Mentoring and Coaching (30 credits)
  • PBM4012 Strategic Planning for Educational Improvement (30 credits)
  • PBM4013 Leading Educational Change (30 credits)
  • PBM4014 Developing Self and Leading Others (30 credits)
  • PBM4015 Excellent Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Learning Environments (30 credits)
  • PBM4016 Developing Excellent Consultative and Collaborative Working Practices (30 credits)
  • PBM4017 Understanding Autism (30 credits)
  • PBM4018 Effectively Managing Diversity for those with Dyslexic Profiles (30 credits)
  • PBM4019 Shaping the Future in Primary Education (30 credits)
  • PBM4020 Inspirational Primary Subject Leadership (30 credits)
  • PBM4021 Inspiring 14-19 Year Old Learners (30 credits)
  • PBM4022 Inclusive Curriculum Models in 14-19 Education: Closing the Gap (30 credits)
  • PBM4023 Excellence in Early Years: Principles and Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4024 Excellence in Early Years: International Perspectives (30 credits)
  • PBM4025 Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the Lifelong Learning Sector (30 credits)
  • PBM4026 Outstanding Practice in the Lifelong Learning Sector (30 credits)
  • PBM4027 Early Mathematical Development and Assessment (30 credits)
  • PBM4028 Effective Early Mathematics Intervention Strategies (30 credits)
  • PBM4030 Special Educational Needs: Policy and Practice (30 credits)
  • PBM4031 Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs (30 credits)
  • PBM4032 Investigating Dyscalculia / Maths Learning Difficulties (30 credits)
  • PBM4033 Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Students with SpLD (Dyslexia) (20 credits)
  • PBM4034 Assessment and Practice for Learners with Dyscalculia (30 credits)
  • PBM4036 Reflection on Learning through Professional Development 1 (10 credits)
  • PBM4037 Reflection on Learning Through Professional Development 2 (20 credits)
  • PET4706 Higher Education in Further Education Settings (30 credits)
  • PET4730 Leading and Managing Professional Development (30 credits)

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


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.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through the submission of portfolios in which you will critically analyse your practice.


Tuition fees for part-time study on this PGCert/MA are £32 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2017/18, i.e. £640 per 20 credit module;

60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate with a further 120 credits required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 32 (Credit) Home/EU 1 5 Years
MA Part-time £ 32 (Credit) Home/EU 1 5 Years

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