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Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist), PGCE

Do you have a passion for engaging children? Do you want to elevate their enthusiasm for mathematics? If so, this PGCE in Primary Mathematics is the ideal option.

Schools are keen to employ primary teachers who specialise in maths at primary level. Our PGCE in Primary Mathematics (postgraduate and professional routes) covers all primary subjects but allows you to focus on maths. It will help you develop your knowledge and skills to teach in primary schools and help you understand the National Curriculum and the key learning needs of children.

We have exciting partnerships with schools, focusing in the urban inner-city, where you will be able to learn the professional values of teaching. We have exciting partnerships with schools, focusing in the urban inner-city. You will be able to train in two consecutive age ranges:

  • Key Stage 1 + Key Stage 2
  • Key Stage 2 (covering ages 7-9 and 9-11).

Over a significant placement, you will develop your professional practice so you can meet the broad demands of the profession. This PGCE provides a competitive edge in terms of career opportunities and will help you progress to mathematics subject leader or primary specialist.

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Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • You will spend at least 24 weeks in a primary school, with further opportunities in a range of educational contexts. You will have additional opportunities to focus on primary mathematics.
  • Voted in the top two universities in London with 96% student satisfaction in 2018 and 98% student satisfaction in 2017 (NSS) and 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016).
  • The quality of teacher training in primary education was rated as 'Outstanding' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016.
  • You may be entitled to an enhanced bursary while studying on this Primary Mathematics specialised programme.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist) PGCE. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of expert staff who are active researchers as well as being trained primary teachers.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • 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 accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development,  A Star Equivalency Testing and BCU.
  • Plus 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 (e.g. Finance or Economics A-level) at grade B or above.

Or

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.

We also accept:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

Candidates must also:

  • Have recent experience of working with or observing children in a primary school classroom (this is encouraged)
  • Have clear written and spoken English
  • Demonstrate interest, experience, skills and commitment related to teaching.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

The typical student intake per year averages 10-15. Students attend all lectures. Teaching groups are 20-25 and personal tutor groups 15-20.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Placements: you are expected to pay for your transport to your placements during the year.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Placements are a core element of teacher training which enable our trainees to put theory into practice in a supportive environment. 

We are extremely lucky to work with a wide range of partners across London, Essex and Kent to support our trainees. We work closely with trainees when deciding on placements to ensure that trainees get the best training possible whilst on our programmes. 

Our strong partnerships ensure our trainees are well supported and have outstanding experiences whilst training with us.

How long is my placement?

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, as well as further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from this course 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.

Employment rates are outstanding and have consistently been well above national and London averages. In 2017/18, employment rates were better than the sector and London - 96% of our trainees were employed in a teaching position.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

We hold an Employability Fair which is attended by Partnership schools.

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics.

Support from the department

During the course, 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.

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If you want to apply for a later session, please see our how to apply page.

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.