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School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary Mathematics Specialist PGCE

Course Description

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.

Degree information

Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.

Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s and one at undergraduate/Bachelor’s (level 6) level and three school placements. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Teaching and Learning
-Specialism Module
-Professional Practice

All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. The relevant Lead School will make the arrangements for school experience.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student's teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.


Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as classroom teachers and mentors to PGCE students, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as headteachers and educational consultants.

The Primary PGCE provision was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. IOE student teachers are in rated highly by headteachers across London and beyond.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.

Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11).

Visit the School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary Mathematics Specialist PGCE page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Prospective students must complete a minimum of five days of school experience before they can be enrolled on the Secondary PGCE. Applicants must ensure that their school experience is relevant in helping them to prepare for the Secondary PGCE, during which Student Teachers are placed in a wide range of schools across London and the South East. You will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.

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