Entry requirements

The programme is suitable for qualified, practising teachers. To be accepted onto the programme you must match one of the following examples and be:
  • Teaching in a primary school, committed to improving the quality of learning and teaching of mathematics, and enthusiastic about becoming an ambassador for mathematics in both your own and other settings;
  • Teaching in a secondary or middle school, seeking a better understanding of the pedagogy of teaching Key Stage 2 mathematics, and wishing to develop your knowledge of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in order to facilitate a smooth transition into Key Stage 3;
  • Teaching in a secondary school, meeting the needs of children who have not reached expected standards of mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2;
  • Teaching in a special school, seeking to improve your mathematics subject knowledge, and able to differentiate for all learners through the use of a variety of pedagogies;
  • Teaching in a teaching school seeking support to deliver continuing professional development to other settings in the same cluster.
Places (subject to availability) will be allocated to all suitably qualified applicants who have the support and endorsement of their headteacher.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

If you are a qualified, practising teacher, seeking to improve your subject knowledge of mathematics, then this could be the programme for you. The PGCert replaces the previous MAST programme, and has the same aims of developing personal practice and whole school impact. In essence, it is a school improvement programme. The whole programme (from PGCert through to MA) is designed to enhance your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills, improve your understanding of the primary mathematics curriculum, identify school priorities, and engage you in a practice-development project. You will discover a range of approaches to teaching and learning and become conversant with the requirements of the national curriculum with the knowledge and capability to support its delivery across your school. The programme also offers the opportunity to network and share good practice with colleagues from around the country and engage in critical debate about current issues in maths education.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for studying on this Postgraduate Certificate or MA are: £37 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the course in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £1,110 per 30 credit module; £38 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the course in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £1,140 per 30 credit module. 60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate, while 180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert / MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


You will be assessed through coursework based on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171