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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.

Course/institution codes

X00G

Department

Teacher Education

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 will accept equivalency tests from Equivalency Testing for Career Development and A* Star Teachers.

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, at grade B or above, 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.

Candidates must also:

  • Have 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.

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.

You can also read our admissions policy.

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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Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

Studies cover all elements of the National Curriculum. Our workshops are interactive and encourage you to work collaboratively. Sessions include both practical tasks and reflections of theoretical perspectives. 

University study is from 9am-4pm daily and 8am-4.30pm when on placement within a school.

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 will need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for course work, presentation and portfolio subject knowledge. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. You can also join a range of student societies, including Education.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.

Assessment

Assessment methods include essays, portfolios, presentations, and practical teaching in school. All assessments are linked to the standards specified for Qualified Teacher Status.

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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?

Our course 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.

There will also be further opportunities to engage in school-based training in a range of specialist schools and educational contexts.

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.

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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