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Primary Mathematics (Subject Specialist)

Course Description

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!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (2.2 or above). The degree should be in mathematics or a related subject OR you should have A-level mathematics and/or substantial work experience in this area PLUS English language, mathematics and science GCSE at grade C or above prior to application AND clear written and spoken English.

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