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Course content

Our PGCE Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist) routes will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools, with specialist training in primary mathematics.

You will be required to train in two consecutive age phases, Key Stage 1/Key Stage 2, or Key Stage 2 (7-9, 9-11). However, maths content will range from FS - KS2, with elements of Key Stage 3 also included within the specialist provision. This is so that you will have a clear understanding of progression in mathematics.

After being formally assessed against the national statutory requirements, you can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. The Postgraduate certificate also provides an opportunity for Master's-level credits, which you can gain through the submission of appropriate assignments. You will be registered initially on the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, but there will be opportunities to transfer to the Postgraduate award and gain Master's-level credits.

The programme is run in partnership with schools. You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a primary school, including extended experience in two schools, plus further opportunities in a range of educational contexts.

Students are required to study the listed compulsory courses and you will have opportunities to focus on teaching and learning in mathematics in several of the courses listed below.

The aims of the programme are:

- To develop practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with primary school children

- To train you to teach in two consecutive age phases

- To provide you with an understanding of the National Curriculum and learning needs of children

- To develop your professional values and practice so you can meet the broad demands of teaching

To allow you the opportunity to take on mathematics responsibility within a school setting.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/edupr/pgcemaths

Education - Primary

This programme enables graduates to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools. We work in partnership with schools in London, Kent, Essex and the south east of England and can offer a varied teaching experience to students ranging from the inner city to the rural and suburban context.

What you'll study

Full time
- Year 1:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Primary Specialist Mathematics (15 credits)
The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits)
Initial School Experience (15 credits)
Final School Experience (30 credits)
Children's Learning and Development (30 credits)
Professional Development (15 credits)
Creativity in Learning and Teaching: SSIP in Mathematics (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits)

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.


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.

Career options

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.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist) page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!






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