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Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE - Primary Mathematics

What makes PGCE Primary Mathematics at Worcester special?

At Worcester we were born to teach. The institution was founded in 1947 as a teacher training college with a mission to ‘win the peace through education’.

At Worcester, we offer a unique opportunity for you to train as a PGCE Primary Mathematics teacher. The course is led by experienced academic staff who are at the forefront of developments being carried out in schools in the area of mathematics teaching, ensuring that your learning is shaped by those helping to shape education itself.

We provide an ideal environment to hone your skills as an inspiring and innovative mathematics teacher.

Key features

  • Worcester is one of the country's leading providers of teaching training, with an excellent reputation in this area
  • Personalised support that continues beyond your study and in to the early stages of your career, helping you to identify your development needs and excel as a teacher
  • With 60 credits at Masters level and a strong international reputation, a PGCE can take you anywhere, from Masters study to a job on the other side of the world
  • Our Pedagogy & Professional Practice element explores wider issues of education and society, enhancing your prospects as a future leader in the profession
  • Take part in collaborative research with schools to develop practice and enhance children’s learning of and love for mathematics
  • Opportunity to become a Primary Mathematics Specialist
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Primary Mathematics Specialist pathway

As a specialist you will be supported to develop analytical and reflective skills to teach mathematics across the primary age-range to a high standard, and to develop you as a future leader to take on roles in school which will support colleagues in this core subject area. The specialist pathway will address mathematical subject knowledge, pedagogical understanding and leadership skills to develop confident teachers who are aware of the influences on learning and teaching. The course also supports you in being able to make a difference in the classroom for all the children you will work with, and skills to enhance the level of subject knowledge for all children. You will be equipped to meet the Professional Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) upon successful completion of the course.

Primary with Mathematics pathway

You will take part in a course supported by innovative content which aims to develop, enhance and deepen your subject knowledge of teaching and learning mathematics for primary pupils. The course allows you to explore and develop skills to teach mathematics across the primary key phase. The modules are incorporated into our current tried-and-tested best practice, as consistently evident in our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

You will be supported in developing a range of teaching strategies, considering the language and vocabulary related to mathematical concepts and procedures, including talk for mathematical understanding. Common errors and misconceptions will be identified, particularly those associated with primary arithmetic, and you will develop an awareness of how these might be addressed. You will consider how mathematics can be applied in other areas of the primary curriculum and ways of planning to provide a balanced learning experience that incorporates exploration, acquisition, consolidation and application of knowledge and skills. Through working with our placement partners, you will consider how to lead and work in collaboration with colleagues to develop good quality mathematics teaching and learning throughout the school.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry requirements

  • As a minimum, an honours degree (2:2) or equivalent in mathematics, science, engineering or mathematics related degrees
  • Non mathematical degrees are welcome. You should demonstrate through your application the relevance of your experience and commitment to the Maths pathway
  • Applicants who have an A Level in Maths (grade B or above) could qualify for additional funding from the NCTL
  • Grade C at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) passed at the time of application.  5-10 days experience in Primary Schools, Early Years and Nursery settings is desirable, but not essential, as this will help you to ensure that you perform confidently during the interview process.
  • Department for Education Professional Skills tests in English and Mathematics must be passed prior to entry. For further details visit the Professional Skills Test page.

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office.

You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks. In addition, the NCTL requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.

All applications for PGCE Primary should be made via UCAS Teacher Training.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.

Skills tests

All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have passed or booked the skills tests.

If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.

For more information visit the professional skills test pages on Get Into Teaching.

I would recommend the maths specialism to anyone thinking about teaching as I feel the opportunity the course provides to teach across the age phases is a huge advantage.

Alison Preece

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Indicative course overview

What will you study?

School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course and you will have school experience visit days and block placements in terms 1, 2 and 3.

In total, of the 38 weeks of the course, 24 will be spent in schools.

Indicative course content for 2017-18, subject to adaptation:

Subject Knowledge with a Deep Understanding

Indicative overview of content

Develop mathematical subject knowledge from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3. Understand the interconnected nature of mathematics, considering concepts such as patterns and mathematical thinking, and to understand progression within the primary curriculum.

Mathematics-specific Pedagogy

Indicative overview of content

Explore pedagogical knowledge to teach all children, provide enrichment, and additionality in mathematics. Develop a wide range of the, skills, knowledge and understanding to support inclusive practices informed by research and analysis specific to mathematics.

Pedagogy and Professional Practice

Indicative overview of content

Covers a wide range of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to become an effective self-evaluating practitioner, including how children learn, what impacts on pupil learning and progress and learning and teaching styles.

Subject Specialist Research

Indicative overview of content

Develop mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding through research in order to work with colleagues across the school in developing their subject and pedagogical knowledge. As a Subject Specialist, you will use existing strengths to further your academic knowledge and understanding in mathematics and to enhance this in a professional context within your school placements.

Foundation Subjects

Indicative overview of content

Develop knowledge and skills in foundation subjects and to foster those approaches and activities which facilitate effective learning. The emphasis will be on understanding how children learn and on the relevant requirements of the National Curriculum in Key Stages One and Two.

School Experience

Indicative overview of content

School experience is a substantial and integral part of the course starting in the first term through both serial and block practice, with further experience in the second and third terms. 24 (120 days) weeks will be spent in schools.

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Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of how children learn and develop in classroom settings
  • Manage different patterns of organisation and styles of teaching to best support effective learning and provide equality of opportunity for all children
  • Develop an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability through the application of inclusive teaching practices
  • Develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and teaching competence which will enable you to observe, plan, teach, organise and assess children’s progress and learning across the full primary range
  • Develop a clear framework for your own professional values and demonstrate a critical and reflective attitude towards your practice
  • Build on your Undergraduate research skills to become a trainee-researcher by undertaking a small scale school based research project in Primary Mathematics

Teaching approach

  • School experience in a range of settings
  • Studying all areas of learning and teaching across all EYFS and Primary National Curriculum subjects
  • Tutor-led workshops, lectures, seminars, fieldwork and guest lectures , primarily to introduce underpinning knowledge, theoretical argument, practical skills, central issues, key texts and inter-professional fields of study
  • Study of key texts and supplementary reading to enable students to identify subject matter that will enhance their understanding and intellectual ability
  • Participation in high level professional discussion, peer presentations and debate, to encourage trainees to actively engage with and critically challenge the field
  • Directed studies, Professional Enquiry Tasks, case studies and problem solving tasks provide opportunities to develop approaches that will deepen levels of understanding and professional judgement; development of practice-based competence and skills of critical reflection through guided individual mentoring during placements
  • One-to-one academic and personal tutorial support including access to our first class Firstpoint services

Assessment

In addition to subject assignments, subject profiles and individual subject assessment tasks, you will engage in a range of assessments during school experience, all of which combine as components towards your final award.

You will be involved in assessing your teaching skills and competence as they develop through the use of a Reflective Portfolio to which students, teachers and tutors contribute.

Throughout your course you will be supported to prepare for your first year of teaching through the Career Entry Profile, as part of your Continuing Professional Development.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

  • Dr Pinky Jain

    Pinky is passionate about education, especially the professional development of trainee teachers and the teaching of maths in schools.

    Pinky taught in a range of schools and HEIs before joining the University in 2011 where she joined an enthusiastic, dedicated and committed team within the Centre for Primary Initial Teacher Education. As well as her management responsibilities, Pinky teaches on the BA QTS and PGCE (Primary Mathematics Modules, Professional Studies and Independent Research Modules), is Subject Leader for Primary Mathematics and is Programme Leader for the PGCE Mathematics Pathway. She is currently supervising 4 Masters research students from the UK and abroad.

    Pinky completed her PhD in Primary Mathematics Education from the University of Nottingham where she developed a model to support the understanding of children’s prior knowledge in the primary maths classroom.

    Email Pinky: p.jain@worc.ac.uk

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

There is a high employment rate for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) from the course. Upon successful completion of the PGCE course, you take with you a Career Entry Profile to start the process of your continuing professional development as a teacher.

The quality and quantity of the maths teaching we received was a key strength of the course, and was a factor in gaining my first teaching job.

Sandra Johnson

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for UK and EU students registering on the PGCE in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard annual fee for international (non-EU) students enrolling on the PGCE in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Funding opportunities

Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18

See Get Into Teaching's page on bursaries and funding.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for essential books, stationery, printing and photocopying.

Travel costs for placements vary depending on the location of schools and your mode of transport, sometimes these may be reclaimed depending on your individual circumstances.

If you have lived overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. More information and guidance  on costs are available from the Home Office. You will also be subject to the usual prohibition list and criminal record checks.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying for the PGCE Primary Maths Courses:

PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist - UCAS/TT code X00G

All applications are through the UCAS teacher training system: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Dr Pinky Jain
01905 542265
p.jain@worc.ac.uk