Entry requirements (Home)
To join this PGDE you should have a first degree (or recognised equivalent) at 2:2 or above. In applying for the Mathematics specialism you are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of Mathematics and to show a strong interest in developing children’s learning in Mathematics. Although not essential, you may hold a degree in Mathematics or a degree with a clear mathematical element (e.g. Psychology, Business Studies, Statistics, Engineering, Accountancy). You may have an 'A' or 'AS' level in Mathematics but a degree in another subject. Applications are also encouraged from those who may have experience in, an interest in and/or enthusiasm for Mathematics without a mathematical qualification beyond a good GCSE.
There are enhanced Bursaries offered for this specialism by the DfE Your Mathematical qualifications may have implications for the amount of bursary funding you receive. For further information on bursaries please visit Get Into Teaching.
Additional requirements at the application stage include:
- GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualification).
- A demonstrable interest in and enthusiasm for teaching within the 5-11 age range in a primary school. You could show this in a number of ways – time spent in schools, knowledge of the curriculum, relevant practical experience. A minimum of 10 days' work experience in a UK Primary school is recommended prior to interview.
Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be required at interview. For the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 numeracy and literacy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE grade C in Mathematics or English.
You are required by the Department for Education to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at Get into Teaching.
If you accept a formal offer from LJMU you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 7.0 overall and a minimum of 6.5 in all components or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.
If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.
Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.
In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
Application and selection
Applicants will be assessed for their:
- depth of relevant subject knowledge
- potential to work effectively at Masters level
- ability to work with others in teams
- ability to manage people and projects
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate:
- an interest and enthusiasm for their chosen age phase and/or subject area
- an ability to make learning exciting and meaningful to young people in a range of contexts
- commitment to supporting learners in areas of challenging social context
- enthusiasm and resilience
You should live within reasonable travelling distance of the University and our partner schools for the duration of the course.
Our selection events usually involve partner school staff and normally comprise:
- group tasks
- a written task
- an individual interview
- a Mathematics assessment for those applying for a specialism in Mathematics
Your performance in each part of the selection process is graded and a final decision is made on your performance across the day.
Full details of the interview process in each subject will be sent to you in advance of the selection event.
Months of entry
Train to become an outstanding Primary teacher at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with a specialism in Mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University. Graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 5-11 age range.
- Prepare for a career as an innovative and creative teacher of 5-11 year olds on a programme delivered in partnership with schools who are committed to ensuring your success
- Enjoy placements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes, supported by excellent teacher mentors
- Specialise in Mathematics with an enhanced focus on your specialist area both at LJMU and in school
- Dependent on qualifications, enhanced Bursaries are available for this specialism from the DfE
- Study over 10 months full time, with 120 days spent on school placement, predominantly within a “Home School”
- Qualify with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education featuring 120 Masters-level credits (ours is one of the few ITT courses to offer this) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the same cost and length of study as a PGCE
- Discover why 94% of our newly qualified teachers rate our training as good/very good and employment rates are above the national average
- Go on to complete your MA in your first year of employment and look forward to excellent career development opportunities.
Take this ITT course to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes required to be a primary teacher with a specialism in Mathematics.
Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” with a six week placement in an “alternative” school after Christmas. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time.
You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by your LJMU tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.
Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your personal tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.
You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.
Information for international students
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Course Enquiries
- 0151 231 5090