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Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist), PGCE Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Outstanding' in its recent report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • 98% of our students are employed within six months of graduation.
  • 24 weeks ‘on the job’ comprehensive training in two consecutive age ranges.
  • Second most satisfied students in London and second best provider in London (NSS 2016).


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Primary Education



1 years full time



Do you have a passion for engaging children, helping overcome their barriers and elevating their enthusiasm towards mathematics? 

Our PGCE (postgraduate and professional routes) will enable you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills to teach in primary schools - particularly those in the urban inner-city. Here you will engage in core practice and learn the professional values of teaching.

The quality of teacher training in Primary education was rated as "Outstanding" in the Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. Ofsted found that "Excellent use is made of specialist expertise within the partnership, to ensure that trainees are very well prepared to start their teaching careers."


Schools are keen to employ teachers at primary level with a deep understanding of mathematics and this is demonstrated by the 98% of our students who are employed within 6 months of graduation. 

As a subject specialist, you may well strive to become a mathematics subject leader or primary specialist as your career progresses. This focus on additional study in mathematics will give you a competitive edge in terms of employment opportunities and open up possibilities for career development.

On our PGCE you will cover all primary subjects with a focus on maths as a specialist route. Our programme will provide you with an understanding of the National Curriculum in all primary subjects and the essential learning needs of children.

Additional mathematics will focus on deepening your understanding at a primary level, not accelerating into higher mathematics. During your time with us, you will develop your professional values and practice so you can meet the broad demands of teaching.

School-based training

Our programme is run in partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, as well as further opportunities in a range of educational contexts. In school, you will be trained to teach all subjects, with additional opportunities to focus further on primary mathematics to enhance your mathematical understanding.

Student support

Studies also take place on the university campus and cover all elements of the National Curriculum.

Our workshops are interactive and encourage you to work collaboratively. These include practical tasks and exploring theoretical perspectives. Opportunities are also provided for you to take an enhancement course in an area of personal interest or expertise, e.g. Special Educational Needs.

Our expert staff are trained primary teachers and are active researchers.

During the programme, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your studies. Your tutor will be on hand to offer both personal career and academic guidance. Individual support and designated workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each of our individual students in order to ensure high quality outcomes.


Our primary students are the second most satisfied students in London and also voted us the second best provider in London (NSS 2016).

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

A good honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent qualification

PLUS grade C at GCSE in English language, mathematics and science prior to application. We will accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A* Star Teachers.


At least grade B mathematics A level or equivalent subject knowledge

Equivalence, as determined by the provider, will be:

1. Any Level 3 qualification strongly linked to mathematics, at grade B or above, e.g. Finance or Economics A Level, at grade B or above.


2. A degree in mathematics or more than one module within any degree strongly and clearly related to mathematics – this will be at level 4, 5 or 6 .e.g. A statistics module within a psychology degree.

In addition for candidates:

  • Recent experience of working with or observing children in a primary school classroom is encouraged
  • Have clear written and spoken English
  • Demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching
  • Pass Professional Skills tests in numeracy and literacy before beginning the programme
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Applications should be made at


You may be entitled to an enhanced bursary while studying on this Primary Mathematics Specialist Programme: see bursaries and funding information on the DfE website.

What people say

I didn't want to look in any other direction for next year's staff intake when the quality of your students was so high. They were amazing and a real asset to our school.

Head Teacher Southwark, Placement Provider (Primary Mathematics)

It feels that the university is building a community of local teachers, which can only have a beneficial impact on children's mathematical learning in the local area. The quality of the taught provision is clearly high. Without exception, the students at Greenwich were highly complementary.

Marcus Witt, External Examiner (Primary Mathematics)

Extra information


Students are assessed through National Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. With the exception of the first assignment, which is percentage marked, all assessments are pass/fail and are linked to the Standards specified for Qualified Teacher Status.


Graduates from this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools. Maths specialists should be able to develop a maths specific responsibility within the school, alongside their class teacher role.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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