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Canterbury Christ Church University was founded as a teaching college over 50 years ago. By joining this course you will be taking part in one of our flagship degrees through which we’ll support you in achieving qualified teacher status.

BA in Primary Education with Mathematics Specialism is designed to equip you with not only the knowledge, but the practical skills to become a generalist classroom teacher with a focus on maths. You’ll learn about every aspect of teaching including child development and behaviour, the curriculum, planning and assessment and much more.

School placements will ensure that by the time you have achieved newly qualified teacher status, you’ll be ready for an exciting career in one of the most rewarding professions.

Why Study Primary Education with Mathematics Specialism?

A career in teaching is highly rewarding and by working in primary education you will play an important role in helping children learn and develop while getting a huge amount of satisfaction yourself. 

By study Primary Education with Mathematics Specialism, you'll be preparing for  a role working as a mathematics specialist or subject leader at the beginning of, or later in, your teaching career. You'll study primary mathematics in depth, exploring the most effective ways of teaching mathematical ideas. You'll also gain a strong understanding and experience of teaching other subjects.

Our University is renowned for delivering teacher education and we will share our experience and expertise with you to help set you up for your career and meet your full potential. 

During the course, you'll study children’s learning and development, while gaining experience of teaching the curriculum. You'll explore the nature of primary education and will develop your own educational philosophy.

Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 112 UCAS points, or equivalent. You will need to be assessed as fit to teach, including passing an occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You will need GCSE English and science at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) and GCSE mathematics at grade 6 or above. An A level in mathematics or related subject is desirable.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

By choosing the Mathematics Specialist pathway, you'll explore the learning of children from the early years and into Key Stage 3 and you'll focus on in-depth learning and mastery of mathematical ideas. You'll critically examine a range of approaches, manipulatives and mathematical images while developing a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum as a whole.

Throughout the course, you'll study academic disciplines specific to teaching and learning and you'll develop professionally by undertaking placements in schools and education settings. This combination will support you as you become a creative and flexible teacher practitioner who can teach in innovative ways that will motivate and inspire children.

As you begin your transition into teaching and learning in higher education, you'll be supported to develop essential study skills and over time you'll develop your own philosophy of teaching.

You'll gain knowledge and skills related to children's learning and you'll develop a strong knowledge of the primary curriculum. As your understanding of children’s development deepens, you'll be able to apply your knowledge to the classroom and make a positive impact as you support children in their learning.

You'll participate in placements during each year of the course. This experience  will enable you to gain confidence and build your skills in observation and collaboration as you work towards solo class teaching. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own practice and develop a range of appropriate teaching styles and strategies. As well as placements, there are also opportunities to participate in school-based tasks and projects.

We provide an almost unparalleled range of learning opportunities for you in schools and in other educational settings, including optional opportunities to participate in overseas study visits. Our students are highly sought after by local head teachers because of the depth of knowledge, creativity and professionalism that they bring to teaching.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, school placements and self study. All of these are supported through Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment.

Normally, a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 50-60 hours of this is completed through University contact days or directed tasks.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours of which 140-160 hours per module consists of study that is completed in your own time.

The course is normally completed in three years. You will complete 120 credits during each academic year which equates to approximately 1,200 hours of taught and independent learning. 

Many of the tutors are senior lecturers and have studied at Masters and doctoral level, and the majority are also experienced classroom practitioners.

Because we work with you for three years, we are able to help you gain in-depth knowledge, skills and confidence in your teaching and build really strong professional relationships in a range of educational settings.

Tracy ParvinProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

You will be assessed through assignments and your teaching in school. The assessments for taught modules will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, oral presentations, action research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning.

The assignments will all be designed to help you investigate in detail particular aspects of teaching strategies, educational theory or research which will have relevance to your teaching, and to reflect on how theory has informed or can inform your practice.

Your professional learning in school or other education settings will be underpinned and informed by an assessed professional portfolio which will demonstrate your ability to evaluate and analyse your own practice in the contexts of both the schools and other settings in which you are working, and of national policies and curricular requirements.

Your future career

Recent graduates have gone on to work in schools in the UK and abroad. A mathematics specialism will enhance your prospects of securing a mathematics subject lead role.

A number of our students continue to develop their academic progress through postgraduate study such as an MA in Education. 

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our Primary Education with Mathematics Specialism students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £7,050 £9,910
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £13,000

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £13,000 relate to 2020/21 only. Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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