Taught course

PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism (QTS)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

All applicants to the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education with Mathematics specialism course must hold a degree from a UK Higher Education Institution. This should be a 2.2 or above (and this will be a condition of any offer where the degree is not already awarded).

Evidence of strong mathematics subject knowledge and enthusiasm for mathematics is required. We welcome applications from candidates with A level Mathematics and/or degree content, as well as those who have a passion for mathematics.

You need GCSE Mathematics (Grade 7/A or above) or equivalent qualification and English and Science (Grade 4/C or above) or equivalent qualifications which will be a condition of any offer, if not already achieved. Equivalency tests will be accepted but only from equivalency testing.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact us on ITEadmissions@contacts.bham.ac.uk

You must also:

  • complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up a place.
  • complete relevant checks to ensure you have the health and physical capacity to teach.
  • agree to abide by the University of Birmingham Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCE Primary with Mathematics Specialism programme will enable you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects as well as developing specialist expertise in teaching primary mathematics. You will be fully prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where as a class teacher you will 'champion' mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future mathematics lead or specialist teacher in a primary school.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. You will benefit from our collaboration with a wide range of partner schools and the diverse communities we serve will enrich your experience. You can choose to focus on the 3-7 or 3-11 age range. Students choosing the 3-7 age range will undertake placements in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Students choosing the 3-11 age range will undertake placements in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

On our programme you will be challenged to develop informed and justified decisions about how you approach your teaching, in order to enable you to continue to develop over your career. On successful completion of your PGCE you will be awarded 80 credits towards your Masters and you may return to study with us on a part-time basis to complete your Masters qualification.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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