When I decided to change career and retrain as a Primary School teacher, my love for mathematics made it a clear choice, I took the mathematics specialism route. I'm so glad I did! Studying a PGCE at CCCU was engaging, inspiring and challenging, whilst the chance to focus my studies on mathematics enabled me to develop a greater depth of knowledge and understanding than I thought possible.


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    The course is aimed at graduates who have a real passion, enthusiasm and commitment to joining the teaching profession as a primary teacher with maths specialism, and who might want to lay the foundations to become a leader of mathematics in the future.

    Through our PGCE we will help you build on this passion for teaching children in early years and primary education. You will prepare to teach all subjects across the curriculum, and study primary mathematics in depth. On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as pursuing your teaching career and moving into completing your Early Career Teacher induction, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Masters and on to a Doctorate in Education.

    Why study PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism?

    This course is designed to support you in gaining a PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism and achieving the standards to be a Qualified Teacher. It also provides you with an opportunity to gain 60 Masters level credits.

    The course will focus on learning and teaching across the primary phase of education as well as with a focus on primary mathematics.

    Initial Teacher Education placements statement

    We are keeping our approach to Initial Teacher Education placements under constant review. At present we are planning to run all our Initial Teacher Education Courses as advertised.

      All about the course

      This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards criteria as set out by the Department for Education and the Teacher Regulations Agency 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 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, 5-11 or 7-11 age-phase for some professional placements. Similarly, there will be opportunity within the course to apply for a professional placement in a special educational needs 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.


      You will study the following modules:

      • Curriculum and Pedagogy
      • Contemporary Issues in Education
      • Researching Teaching and Learning
      • Professional Placement.

      You will study all subjects but some modules will be adapted so you can also consider primary mathematics in depth. All learning on the course is designed to complement your work in the classroom. Your academic study will be informed by, and also inform your teaching.

      The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education enjoys a strong partnership with local primary schools and early years’ settings. School-based mentors and teachers are fully involved in all aspects of the course, including recruitment and selection, course planning and development and leading support for your progress against the Teachers’ Standards when you are on placement.

      Note when applying

      When you press apply, you will be taken to the government 'Apply for teacher training' website where you can select and apply for the subject area of your choice at Canterbury Christ Church University. It's very straightforward, but it's also worth noting the course code, which is: 2M9W.

      Entry requirements

      A good honours degree (2:2 or above), GCSE maths at Grade B or Grade 6, GCSE English language and GCSE science at Grade C or Grade 5 or above (or equivalent). It is desirable but not essential 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.

      Your application will need to be supported by two professional references. (References from personal email accounts cannot be accepted).

      Successful completion of the Occupational Health Clearance and a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check.

      You will be asked to complete the online primary mathematics Subject Knowledge Enhancement course to ensure your understanding of mathematics in the primary curriculum is completely secure before you start the course.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      Hons Degree

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught and supported by a range of academic tutors and professional colleagues from our school partnership. Academic tutors on this course have a wealth of experiences in the classroom as qualified teachers and are experts within their field.

      This full-time PGCE course 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.

      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 (professional and academic) and who gain 40 or 60 Level 7 credits. The Professional Graduate Certificate of Education with Mathematics Specialism (ProfGCE) is awarded to students who pass all modules (professional and academic) on the programme and with less than 40 Level 7 credits. All students completing a PGCE will also be recommended for QTS. 

      A maths specialist teacher is a leadership role in a primary school, and this programme is designed to lay the foundations for your future career as a leader of mathematics. It is ideal for you if you have a passion for mathematics and are determined to inspire children to love the subject too. You will also learn to teach all other subjects to a high standard. Engaging with the subject knowledge enhancement course before you arrive will enable to you to study maths more deeply during the programme.

      Gina DonaldsonCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed in two main ways, via your three academic assignments and the assessment of your teaching across professional placements.

      You will submit three academic assignments for Level 6 or Level 7 credits in each of the three academic modules. A range of different methods of assessment are included to help you to show your knowledge, understanding and skills. These currently comprise a written critical essay-based assignment, a presentation and a digital assignment.

      Replacing the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy, student teachers are now required by the Government to demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training. These will be assessed and supported across the course to enable all students to meet the expectations.

      Professional practice will be formatively assessed during each professional placement experience, of which there are three. At the end of your final placement you will be assessed against the Teachers' Standards.

      Your future career

      Following successful completion of this course, the usual next step is to seek employment as an Early Career 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.


      2022/23 tuition fees for this course

        UK Overseas
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time N/A N/A

      Important Information on Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding year on year fee increases. Students studying FULL PGCE courses may be eligible to apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. You can find out more on our fees and funding web pages.

      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

      Loans and other funding

      With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.

      Visit GOV.UK and use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, e.g. if you’re disabled or have children.

      20% PGCE Alumni Discount

      Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship.

      Read the Terms and Conditions.

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