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Education: Primary Mathematics (PGCert)

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics is a three module credit course at M level, consisting of a single taught module and a double module supporting your action research.

It is a part-time course designed for students working full-time. Each module has an attached assignment which can draw directly on your own practice and setting.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/Courses/Postgraduate/PGCert-Education-Primary-Mathematics/

Why choose this course?

- The course helps you to delve explore the issues surrounding the teaching of mathematics including curriculum demands, attainment and pupil progress.

- It focuses on inquiry, particularly into your own practice, or the practices of your organisation.

- It will introduce you to ways in which you can enhance mathematical pedagogy.

- You will receive support in researching, analysing and reflecting on an element of your practice or context.

- You will learn how to adapt to demands in the teaching of primary mathematics, and be helped to facilitate the achievement and progress of pupils within your setting.

This course in detail

Module details:
- Enhancing Mathematical Pedagogy
This module facilitates current professionals, including practising teachers, to improve educational outcomes associated with primary mathematics. You will enhance your own individual teaching practice in primary mathematics, and develop a deeper understanding of pedagogy and subject knowledge, together with an understanding of research into the teaching and learning of mathematics from ages 4 - 11.

Sessions will cover:
- good practice in primary mathematics teaching - through investigating key research in mathematical learning and conceptual development, and looking at how this links to classroom practice

- Mathematics as a culturally situated and identity driven practice - by looking at national and international practice in mathematics education, and models of social representation and dialogical identity, we will discuss many of the often ignored impacts on learning and development

- curricular change and development in teaching of mathematics, from ages 4 - 11, aligning teaching and subject knowledge, enabling you to identify areas for your own subject knowledge enhancement

- ways of 'surveying' mathematical teaching and analysing attainment in your class/classes, and using this to plan interventions and 'next steps' around specific mathematical concepts.

- Action Research (double module)
This double module supports you in reflecting upon and developing your practice by undertaking an action research project of your own choosing, in your own context.

It is intended that the results of this research should feed into a wider network of good practice. Session content is determined by the focus of the inquiries selected by students, adopting a 'learning set' approach.

Group seminars and workshops will provide a structured introduction to action research followed by the development of small working groups to support the stages of individual projects and provide peer group support. You will be introduced to relevant academic theory and research and have access to support material from the MA in Education online resources.

Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.

Attendance pattern

This course takes place on Wednesday evenings 5.00pm - 8.00pm at the Harcourt Hill Campus, and takes place in three academic terms: September-December; January-April; May-July.

How this course helps you develop

The PGCertificate aims to develop reflective practitioners at master's level.


Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement and students may change role / direction as a function of developing new understandings and skills from their work on the course.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Education: Primary Mathematics (PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Part-time £590 per single module; International: Part-time £1,415 per single module

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