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Course summary

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Every school needs a mathematics expert. That could be you. Our PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist with QTS course provides a high-quality teacher training experience. You’ll learn how to educate children aged 5-11 in all primary curriculum subjects, and craft specialist knowledge in teaching mathematics. You’ll spend lots of time on placement in schools, where we’ll support you in meeting the Teachers’ Standards. You’ll gain the essential professional skills and knowledge for a two-year induction as an early career primary teacher and mathematics specialist. Graduating as a primary mathematics specialist, you’ll be a role model and a leader to your colleagues. You’ll set an example for teaching in ways that are enriching, engaging and inspiring for young children. What you'll study The course is made up of four key elements. The first is academic study at Masters level. This will teach you vital academic and professional skills for teaching and analysing contemporary issues in primary education. You’ll also get to work on your specialist knowledge of primary mathematics. The next element is the development of professional curriculum subject knowledge. You’ll learn how to make sure children progress with, and enjoy, their learning, become familiar with the National Curriculum for England, and develop approaches for teaching each subject. Teaching workshops will boost your confidence in managing classrooms. You’ll develop subject and teaching knowledge through professional placements. This is essential for achieving qualified teacher status, and will allow you to spend a significant amount of time in schools and other educational settings. You’ll also collaborate with peers and tutors through online study. Finally, there’s the mathematics conferences element. You’ll attend events (sometimes scheduled at weekends) and engage with international and historical perspectives of teaching primary mathematics.


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Assessment method

Assessment strategies will include presentations to different audiences, academic essays individually tailored around your own professional interests, and ongoing task submission. During professional practice your school-based mentor will assess your development through reflective conversations, reviewing and discussing your planning and assessment records, observing your teaching, and gathering the perspectives of other adults and, of course, of the children who work with you. In all cases, you will be given clear assessment guidance. The assessment criteria will be shared with you and you will be given constructive feedback to help you to set targets and identify actions to help you make further progress. You will compile an electronic portfolio that brings together evidence to demonstrate your professional development and your ability to meet the Teachers’ Standards. There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Primary

How to apply

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Entry requirements

When you apply, you are expected to have: A commitment to, and understanding of, primary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher; GCSE at Grade A or Grade 7 or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics; Suitable presentational qualities, including a good standard of written English. Before the programme commences, you must have: A degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above). No specific subjects are required; 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 or Biology. In addition to the requirement for GCSE Mathematics at Grade A or A* (or equivalent) outlined above, A or AS level Mathematics would 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).

Fees and funding

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PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist at Edge Hill University - UCAS