Primary Education (Part Time Progression Route)

PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism

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Important: We are no longer accepting applications for this course for September 2020.

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. 

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 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 Faculty of Education 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 Teachers' Standards when you are on placement, and grading you against the Teachers' Standards.

During the PGCE you will study modules on Curriculum and Pedagogy, Contemporary Issues in Education and 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 both informed by, and also inform your teaching. 

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 also hold QTS and have had experience in the classroom.

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.

Changes to the professional skills tests

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.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250 £12,430
Part-time N/A  

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.  The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 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

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

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for 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. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. 

You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are accepted on to a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria you will receive information on the bursary prior to your enrolment on the course.

Scholarships

If you have the potential to be an inspirational teacher and are passionate about your subject you could apply for a scholarship to support your training.

Scholarships of up to £28,000 are awarded to the most gifted trainees in a range of areas and in partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations.

Subject scholarships are available in:

  • Physics
  • Computing
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Languages
  • Maths

View the Department of Education’s Get into Teaching pages to see details about the bursaries and scholarships available.

20% PGCE Alumni Discount

Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2020-21 if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department of Education bursary, or professional subject association scholarship. 

Please refer to the terms and conditions on our Teacher Education Funding page

Free DBS Check and Equivalency Tests

If you have an offer of a place to study a PGCE (primary or secondary) in 2020-21, Christ Church will fund your DBS Check and Equivalency Tests. 

Please refer to the terms and conditions on our Teacher Education Funding page

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.

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

Apply via UCAS Teacher Training from October 2019. 

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 course code

  • 2M9W

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time

    The course forms a pathway through the PGCE Primary.

Starts

  • September 2020

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.

    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.

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