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Primary with Mathematics (PGCE)

Course Description

This programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status. It equips you to teach primary age pupils and covers all areas of the curriculum, through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll gain 60 Masters level credits and be awarded with a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. You'll develop your expertise in the subject and pedagogy of Mathematics and build an understanding of progression in the subject. For your Alternative Education Setting (AES) pleacement you'll have an opportunity to work in the Mathematics department of a secondary school. At Masters level you'll develop leadership skills and expertise in the subject and pedagogy of Mathematics.

The programme will give you an in-depth understanding of inclusive practice, equality and diversity to prepare you for a career in London schools. LSBU has a particular focus on social justice and equality that is well matched to the needs of schools in urban and multicultural areas. At LSBU we encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues.


The Government provides the following bursaries to be off-set against tuition fees, via the Training Agency. Tuition fees need to be paid by all students direct to LSBU. Students can use any bursary they receive from the Training Agency for this purpose.

As a primary teacher specialising in mathematics, dependent on your mathematics A level qualification, you could be eligible for a training bursary of either £6,000 with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD or £3,000 for other degree awards.

You do not need to apply for bursaries. Once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer of a place on a Teacher Training course (and supplied proof of your degree grade) the University will liaise with the Department for Education to put your bursary in place.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/primary-mathematics-pgce


H Level Modules:
- Core curriculum
This module covers all aspects of the English, mathematics, science and computing national curriculum at Key Stage 1.

- Professional studies
This module covers theories of learning, planning, teaching and assessment, classroom management and employment.

- Foundation subjects
This module covers the national curriculum foundation subjects including: history, geography, art and design, music, and design technology.

- School experience
School experience begins in week four of the course. During your Reading Mentor placement you'll be placed in a local school three times a week, gaining experience in the teaching of reading. You'll have opportunities to work with a designated child to develop an in-depth understanding of how teaching relates to pupil learning and progress. Your first block school experience is eight weeks and culminates with you leading a class. School experience 2 is a nine week block, and by the end of this placement you will be expected to teach the whole class for up to three days a week.

- Alternative education setting
In term two you will take your Alternative Education Setting placement in the Mathematics department of a secondary school. This enables you to have an understanding of progression in mathematics and compare primary and secondary school pedagogy.

M Level Modules:
- Equality, inclusion and citizenship
This module will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context. You'll undertake a small piece of classroom research.

- Raising Achievement in Mathematics
You'll gain the depth of knowledge and understanding you will need to successfully teach mathematics with competence and confidence, and begin to develop as a specialist in this area. You will explore progression and application across different strands of primary mathematics and at Key Stage 3, including developing pedagogical approaches which will help you motivate and inspire the next generation of mathematics learners. This module will also help you consider what it means to lead mathematics across a school, including considering curriculum design and teacher development.


Completion and employment rates for our PGCE are both above the sector norms and we have been identified as a good provider of initial teacher training (OFSTED 2014). Although we pride ourselves in providing teachers for London schools, successful students enter the teaching profession in a variety of schools/nurseries within the UK.

All students entering the course have the possibility of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, which can be used by students to count towards the award of full Masters qualifications (such as the LSBU MA in Education) gained via further study after graduation.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

- direct engagement in modules from employers
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search Academics from other institutions and related industries are invited as guest speakers to form part of the Equality Inclusion and Citizenship module. The Alternative Educational Settings (AES) placement provides an opportunity for you to experience teaching and learning in a completely different environment, and is one of the unique aspects of our programme. This placement will provide the opportunity to work in a secondary school mathematics department to gain insights into children's progression in mathematics between KS2 and KS3.


During the course you'll undertake placements in at least two schools. Placement schools are chosen to provide different experiences including size, organisation and location. Our partnership works with a wide range schools across London. Placements are allocated as best fit for each trainee, but if you live in outer London or beyond it may require careful planning by you so that you are able to work at assigned schools.

In addition you'll undertake a two-week placement in an Alternative Education Setting (AES) and a two-week placement in a secondary school Mathematics department. A key element of the programme is to prepare you to work in multi-cultural, urban settings. In terms of school experience placements, you'll normally be required to do at least one practice in an inner or outer London state school.

Teaching and learning

We provide a thorough training course incorporating all areas of the primary curriculum.

The university based sessions are taught through lectures, workshops, practical sessions, seminars and tutorials. The aim throughout is to encourage creativity, reflective pedagogy and sensitivity to educational issues, aims and objectives. We aim to provide a learning community that actively challenges inequality and injustice. The Masters level course in Raising Achievement in Mathematics and the opportunity to work in a secondary maths department will enhance your understanding of the teaching of mathematics.

In particular, the module on Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship will allow you to reflect on key issues such as equality, diversity and sustainability in the educational context.

You will be encouraged to make links between the theoretical and practical elements of the course. We use an interactive model of teaching and learning and you will be encouraged to think critically about subjects to inform your understanding of effective methods of teaching and learning and how best to apply these in classroom situations.

Visit the Primary with Mathematics (PGCE) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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