Having taken the maths specialism route, I feel confident in teaching maths to primary children and that I will get results doing so. I genuinely feel ready to start putting all this new-found knowledge to use in the classroom.


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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 become a leader in mathematics across a school setting.

Through our PGCE we will help you build on this passion for teaching children in early years up to year six not only in maths, but also wider subjects. On successfully completing your PGCE, as well as pursuing your teaching career and moving into completing your NQT induction, there is also potential for you to engage in further study for a full Master's and on to a Doctorate in Education.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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All about the course

This course aims to enable you to meet, and exceed, the Teacher Standards’ criteria as set out by the Department for Education and the Teaching Regulation 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.

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


You will study the following modules:

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

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.

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 also hold QTS and have had experience in the classroom.

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.

The Government have announced that the Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy will no longer be an entry requirement for applicants to initial teacher training applying to start from September 2020 entry. The tests will be replaced with a new system where trainees will demonstrate competence against a set of fundamental maths and English skills by the end of their training.

At Christ Church we will offer tools for trainees to track their current competence and self-study activities to support trainees in updating any gaps in their knowledge. In order to begin to assist trainees in identifying any gaps, short English and maths activities will be embedded into our interview process.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

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 DonaldsonProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

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

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.

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 course. At the end of your final placement you will be awarded your final grading against each of the Teachers' Standards.

Your future career

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 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.


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
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 2021/22 only. Please read the 2021/22 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.

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