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Primary Education (Mathematics) PGCE

This pathway considers the teaching and learning of mathematics in primary schools both as a subject in its own right and also in terms of its relationship to other areas of the curriculum. An emphasis will be on developing innovative, practical and engaging ways to develop the teaching of mathematics in primary schools. You will be expected to review your own understanding of mathematics and engage critically with research into children's learning of mathematics.

The programme lasts 36 weeks and consists of University-based studies and school-based work.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of mathematics. This could be a degree in mathematics or a degree with a strong mathematical element (e.g. Psychology, Business Studies, Statistics, Engineering (typically a 2.2 or better). Applicants with an A level in mathematics and a non-mathematical degree are welcome to apply and will be considered. Applicants are also expected to show a strong interest in children’s learning in mathematics.

Passes at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science at Grade C. Please note that although the NCTL requirement is a grade C, we will generally only consider applicants with a grade B or above in Mathematics and English and a grade C in Science.

Course modules

The programmes have 4 main components:

Primary Educational and Professional Studies (EPSM000)
This module covers fundamental educational issues, which contribute to professional knowledge and understanding. Key areas addressed include race, gender, children's rights and responsibilities, citizenship, inclusion, special needs, behaviour management, and organising for children's learning.

Primary Curriculum Studies (EDUM033)
You are given substantial preparation for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Arts, Physical Education (PE), Humanities, Music and Modern Languages (ML) through taught sessions combined with self-directed activities based in the University or carried out in school. There is a particular emphasis on the teaching of reading and numeracy to reflect national concerns. ICT is taught  within subjects.

Primary Professional Learning (EDUM034)
The University has excellent working relationships with its partnership schools, all of which have mentors trained by the University who are responsible for students' learning and development. You will initially work in pairs with groups of children, before working independently with the whole class.

Primary Mathematics specialism (EMAM009)
The principal aims of the module are to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the background issues and practice of the current teaching of Mathematics in the primary school, and to enable them to meet the Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status (DfES, 2002).

Assessment methods

Through University and school-based assignments. There are no formal exams. Students are also required to pass the Government's numeracy and literacy tests.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,250 (Whole course) Home/EU 36 Weeks
PGCE Full-time £ 16,500 (Whole course) International 36 Weeks

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