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PGCE (Primary with Mathematics)

Course Description

This course offers an exciting opportunity to become a qualified teacher across the curriculum, with Mathematics as a specialist subject. You’ll benefit from professional and college-based support networks to gain all the confidence and key skills you need- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pgce/primary-maths/

This programme follows the same structure as that of other PGCE (Primary) students, but you’ll also receive specialist training in teaching Mathematics to a diverse range of students. Through the integrated ‘Mathematics in Action’ research project in a placement school, you’ll be able to take part in sessions that highlight the global aspect of maths. These include the cultural, historical and literary aspects of the discipline.

School Direct

It is also possible to study this course via our School Direct programme. Please visit our School Direct page to see which schools offer this subject.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Department of Educational Studies.


During the Autumn Term you’ll undertake a block placement in your appropriate age range, and then in Spring Term you’ll take part in an enrichment placement, which is a chance for you to gain additional experience in an area of interest. You won’t be assessed during this period, but the outcomes of what you have learned will be assessed.

The final experience will take place in a consecutive age range, and usually in the Summer Term. This stage will see you taking responsibility for the whole class in your final step before becoming a qualified teacher.


We have been training teachers since 1904, and have established
a reputation for excellence in this field

Educational Studies

We see education as a window through which to view the world, and as something with the power to define who we are and how we live

As a department we’re interested in seeing what education can tell us about the social, political and economic forces of our times. And what these forces mean for the everyday lives of individuals and groups.

We place a strong emphasis on active and collaborative learning, and we'll train you to become a reflective and socially conscious teacher.

Teaching placements

We have partnerships with many London schools, offering you the chance to gain teaching practice in socially mixed, multi-ethnic urban classrooms.


We offer a high level of support through a system of school and personal tutoring.


Staff in the department carry out world-leading research – we're ranked 8th in the UK for the quality of this research.**

**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings

It delves into areas including culture and identity, gender, multilingualism, and youth cultures, and why we maintain a commitment to social justice and inclusion.

Learning & teaching

A range of teaching methods are employed across the PGCE programmes, including:

• Taught subject sessions
• Taught General Professional Study sessions
• Practical workshops
• Core lectures
• Group tutorials/seminars
• Individual tutorials
• Individual and group presentations
• Supported self-study

As with the other PGCE courses, you’ll be given the opportunity to work with children in a wide range of contexts. These might include focused interventions with individuals or groups, or larger scale events for the community.

How to apply

You apply for this PGCE through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Our institution code is G56 GOLD.

Please take a look at the information on applying, including the specific qualifications or experience you need for this course.

There's no closing date for primary or secondary applications, but we advise you to apply early to avoid disappointment.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

Visit the PGCE (Primary with Mathematics) page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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Banco Santander Scholarships - 7 Awards

In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico
* The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.

Application Procedure

Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.

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Goldsmiths Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Home and EU students (full-time and part-time).

Application Procedure

Applications for 2015 entry are now closed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have an undergraduate honours degree, usually a 2:1 or above, from a university in the United Kingdom. You will have GCSE Grade C or above (or recognised equivalents) in English Language, Mathematics, and a science subject, and ideally, your degree is related to primary education – for example, English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music, PE, Child Development, Educational Studies or Early Childhood Education. In addition, you should have a Mathematics qualification that is above GCSE level, ie AS-level or A-level, or be able to show a substantial amount of mathematics in your degree.

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