Taught course

Primary Education with Specialism in Mathematics with QTS

Birmingham City University · Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's Honours degree, at upper Second Class level or above from a UK higher education institution or a recognised equivalent in a subject that provides the necessary foundation for work as a primary teacher.
You must have an appropriate degree or equivalent understanding / experience for example, a degree with mathematics content or further study of mathematics for example A Level mathematics.
GCSE at grade C or above (or its equivalent) in English and a science subject, mathematics at grade B or above is also necessary at the point of enrolment.
A good understanding of mathematics at GCSE level with an appreciation of mathematics as being about pattern, structure and relationships; a propensity to look for and make connections in mathematics; a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the subject; and positive beliefs and attitudes towards mathematics teaching and learning and a willingness to question and reflect throughout your training.
For entry onto a teaching course you will also be required to pass the Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy. Please visit the DfE website for further information. Applicants who have accepted a place at the University will be offered support with the tests if required.
It is essential that you have spent time in British state primary schools and have some familiarity with the current National Curriculum before submitting an application. You will provide a 'Seen Teaching Form' signed by a senior member of a primary school or other appropriate state setting as part of the selection process.
You must also meet The National College for Teaching and Leadership requirements for Initial Teacher Training, which means being medically fit and successfully completing an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to gain a flying start to your teaching career – by gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - but want to highlight your mathematics expertise at the same time – this course has plenty to offer.

The PGCE Primary Education with Specialism in Mathematics with QTS will enable you to become a reflective, critical and enquiring primary teacher who can specialise in mathematics.

It will give you the ability to respond flexibly to changing circumstances and will allow you to build on your knowledge and skills throughout your professional life.

The ‘value of children’ is at the heart of everything you’ll learn. We’ll provide you with the skills and understanding that you need so that you can inspire every child in your primary school classroom and encourage them, particularly in mathematics.

You’ll discover that the way we teach you and the time you spend in schools in the Birmingham area will give you a broad experience of working with children who come from a wide range of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on degree class.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Pre-entry Enquiries Team