Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism

Year of entry

Applications for September 2017 can be made through UCAS Teacher Training.

This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher, with a focus on primary mathematics.

The course will enable you to be a generalist primary class teacher but will also prepare you for a future role as a specialist teacher of primary mathematics, who leads mathematics across the school. You will study primary mathematics in depth, exploring the most effective ways of teaching mathematical ideas. You will also gain a strong understanding and experience of teaching other subjects.

The course is written for anyone who enjoys learning mathematics and wants to teach primary aged children to fully understand and be fascinated by the subject.

The course forms a pathway through the PGCE Primary, which is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment towards joining the teaching profession as a primary-phase teacher, and who seek to become the very best teacher and ‘leader of learning’ they can.

The more understanding you bring with you about the nature of teaching and learning in UK primary schools from the early years up to Year 6, and the role of the professional teacher, the better. That is why a minimum of 10 days experience in a primary school setting/working with children is a condition of being offered a place on the PGCE Primary course.

Please note: having been accepted onto the programme, you would then be required to independently arrange and complete a further period of preliminary observation time in a primary school, currently 10 days, completing an Independent Study Pack in preparation for the official start of the programme.

This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) for teaching across the primary phase of education.

The course will not restrict you to a limited age-range for your career. It will support you in meeting the NCTL requirement to teach across two consecutive age-phases, and within two different school settings. You will be able to request whether to be based with 3-7, 7-9 or 9-11 age-phase for some professional placements. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the course to apply for a professional placement in a SEN school. Please note that all such requests cannot be guaranteed, but they will be taken into consideration when allocating students to placement offers received from schools.

The School of Teacher Education and Development, within which this course resides, enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years’ settings. They are fully involved in all aspects of the programme, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development, leading support for your progress against the Teacher Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teacher Standards.

All PGCE courses cover three main areas: Professional Studies, Curriculum Studies and Enhanced Studies. All learning on the course is designed to complement professional practice and your academic study will be both informed by, and also inform, practice. 

Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as a newly qualified teacher and to successfully pass that part of your induction into the teaching profession. From there, your teaching career can take you on to a very rewarding and exciting professional journey involving learning and teaching, leadership and management, research and advisory roles. There is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters’ degree and on to a Doctorate in Education.

In particular, the course will prepare you for a future role as mathematics specialist in a primary school.

You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. Academic tutors on this programme have also got QTS and teaching experience.

This full-time PGCE programme will comprise a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops tutorials and self-study, balanced with your periods of professional practice. You can expect to be busy, and it is a full time commitment.

Currently for example:

Term 1 is a blend of university based sessions and your first professional practice and assignment.

Term 2 comprises university based sessions, serial and research days in school, and your second professional practice. Your other two assignments are due during this term.

Term 3 largely comprises your final professional practice, and completion of your Record of Development.

Fees

2017/18 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 **£11,500
Part-time £4,625  

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

**Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

 

You will be assessed in two main ways, via academic assignments and assessment of their teaching.

You will submit three academic assignments for 20 Level 7 credits in each curriculum, enhanced and professional studies modules. Each submission will include a written element, but you may also be assessed via presentations or practical performances as relevant to each assignment. You will also be required to develop and complete an ongoing record of your professional practice and engagement.

Professional practice will be formally assessed at the end of each professional placement, of which there are three. Each must be successfully passed in order to progress through the programme. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teacher Standards.

You can exit the PGCE courses with one of two awards. The Postgraduate Certificate of Education with mathematics specialism (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with mathematics specialism (PGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits.  All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS.

Applications can be made through UCAS Teacher Training from 18 October 2016 for the September 2017 intake.

Before you start the course you will need to have undertaken both a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health clearance through the University.

Offers of a place on the programme are conditional, subject to successful completion of the Occupational Health clearance, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and completion of the Government’s professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

Professional Placement: You should be aware that schools have the right to terminate a professional placement at any time during the course if they believe that pupil learning/progress is being unduly compromised, or with any serious professional conduct and/or safeguarding issues. Maintaining good levels of professional conduct throughout the course is therefore critical for successful completion. (Professional regulations apply to this course; see the Professional Code of Conduct, NCTL). Any serious breaches of professional misconduct would necessarily be referred to a Professional Capability Panel.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • 2M9W

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

    The course forms a pathway through the PGCE Primary.

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (2:2 or above), GCSE Maths at Grade B, GCSE English Language and GCSE Science at Grade C or above (or equivalent) and to have passed the government's skills test in literacy and numeracy. It is desirable that you also have an A level in mathematics or a related subject at grade C or above, and/or significant related, education based work experience.

    You will be asked to complete the primary mathematics subject knowledge enhancement course to ensure your understanding of mathematics in the primary curriculum is completely secure before you start the course.

    You will need to have a minimum of 10 days recent experience in a primary school. If you cannot spend the full 10 days in a primary school prior to your application, we can still consider your application as long as you have spent five days in a primary classroom. If you are then successful in being offered a place on the course, completing the additional five days would be a condition of your offer and would need to be undertaken prior to starting on the course.

    Please note: if you are accepted on to the course, you will be required to independently arrange and complete a further set period of preliminary observation in a primary school, currently 10 days, supported by an independent study pack. Further details would be sent together with your offer.

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