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Primary Maths Specialist Teaching (MaST) (PGCert)

Course Description

This programme enables students to improve their mathematics teaching at primary level, take a lead in their school in mathematics education, gain a deep knowledge of mathematics from Foundation Stage up to Key Stage 3, assess children’s learning, and gain 90 ‘M’ level credits to put towards a Master’s degree.

Degree information

This programme aims to develop students’ knowledge and methods of teaching and learning mathematics. It will prepare participants to play a leading role in supporting their colleagues in developing their mathematics teaching. The programme covers topics such as algebra, geometry, fractions, early counting, and working with colleagues.

Students undertake modules to the value of 90 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits).

Core Modules:
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Mathematics and Pedagogy
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Theory into Practice
-Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching: Whole School Issues

-There are no optional modules on this programme.


Teaching and Learning:
The programme is delivered through a combination of face-to-face sessions and activities to be carried out in school between sessions. Assessment is through written assignments and a portfolio of work, including a reflective essay.

Fees notes

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Postgraduate Certificate's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.


There are a number of scholarships available that are relevant to this department. For more information please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/postgraduate-certificate-primary-mathematics-specialist-teaching-mast

For a comprehensive list of the fundingopportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

English Language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.


The Williams report identifies the Mathematics Specialist Teacher as someone who, in partnership with the senior leadership team, will share the "responsibility and planning for improving, strengthening and developing mathematics teaching and learning within the school". For a Mathematics Specialist Teacher working in a cluster or federation of small schools, this may involve fulfilling this role more widely.


On successful completion of the programme, the Mathematics Specialist Teacher will have deep mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge that informs and is informed by their own practice through study, analysis and research. They will have developed the collaborative, practice-transfer skills needed to work with colleagues across the school to develop their subject and pedagogical knowledge and to implement improvements in the teaching and learning of mathematics for all children in the school.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education has developed an internationally recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department provides opportunities for specialist study of early years and primary education in initial teacher education and at postgraduate and doctoral levels. It also offers and hosts a range of events including research seminars and conferences in the field.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within UCL Institute of Education.

Application and next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?
The programme is designed for fully qualified teachers working either full- or part-time at primary level or in an early years setting (including special needs schools or pupil referral units) in the UK.

Applicants are normally expected to be:
-enthusiastic about and committed to developing the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become a Mathematics Specialist Teacher
-well placed to lead imprrovements in the teaching and learning of mathematics in their school and have a good working relationship with the school's leadership team
-prepared to undertake personal, extended professional learning activities, maintain a professional learning log and undertake professional development tasks that will involve them carrying out in-school support to colleagues.

Application deadlines: 29 July 2016

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
-why you want to study Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching at graduate level
-why you want to study … at UCL
-what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
-how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
-where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

Visit the Primary Maths Specialist Teaching (MaST) (PGCert) page on the University College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or an equivalent professional qualification is required. Applicants who do not meet these criteria will be asked to demonstrate their ability to meet the demands of the programme through a personal statement. Applicants must have the full support of their headteacher to participate in the programme as they will be using school-based activities in the classroom and working with colleagues as part of the programme and the assessment process.

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