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This course is designed to support you in achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher, with a focus on primary mathematics. It is written for anyone who enjoys learning mathematics and wants to teach children to fully understand and be fascinated by the subject.

The course will enable you to be a generalist primary class teacher but will also prepare you to be a specialist teacher of primary mathematics, who leads mathematics across the school, teaching more mathematics than other subjects. You will study primary mathematics in depth, exploring the most effective ways of teaching mathematical ideas. You will also gain a strong understanding and experience of teaching other subjects.

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Course detail

All PGCE pathways cover three main areas: Curriculum Studies, Professional Studies and Enhanced Studies. However all learning on the programme is designed to complement professional practice and the academic study should be informed by and inform practice. PGCE students will be placed in two schools for a mixture of blocked time and serial (e.g. one day a week) time adding up to meet the current Government requirement for a minimum of 120 days in school.

You can exit the PGCE pathways with one of two awards. The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is awarded to those students who gain less than 40 Level 7 credits, but who pass all modules, gaining 100 or 120 Level 6 credits. If you achieve 40 or 60 Level 7 credits and pass all the modules, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). All students completing a Professional or Postgraduate Certificate in Education will also be recommended for QTS.


Students will be assessed in two main ways- via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

Students will submit academic assignments for 20 credits in each curriculum, professional and enhanced studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but students may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to their chosen subject options.

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Fees and Funding

See our Teacher Education Funding page to discover the scholarships and bursaries available.


Visit the PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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