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Postgraduate Diploma Primary Education (SSPIP) Mathematics

University of Birmingham · School of Education

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Entry requirements

We recruit graduates with a good honours degree (preferably 2.1 or above). Evidence of strong mathematics subject knowledge is required, normally a grade A or B in A-level Mathematics (which will qualify trainees for a higher bursary than a generalist primary course). For further guidance, or if you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact Dr Kirsty Wilson on 0121 415 8225, or k.e.wilson@bham.ac.uk

A minimum of five days experience in a mainstream school primary school (not an independent or overseas school), observing mathematics teaching and the wider curriculum is also required prior to application.

Candidates have to also:

  • have a GCSE in Mathematics, English and Science (grade 4 or above) or an equivalent qualification. If you are offering a qualification other than a GCSE please check with us before making an application; alternatively you might be advised to take an Equivalency Test. The DfE require us to check original certificates; you therefore cannot start teacher training unless you already hold these qualifications
  • pass Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy; please see the Professional Skills Tests section of the Department for Education web site for more information on the core skills required by trainee teachers
  • provide a satisfactory medical form
  • complete an enhanced DBS/police check
  • complete a Declaration of Suitability to Teach
  • adhere to a Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise

Please note that for the Primary Mathematics Specialist initial teacher education course at the University of Birmingham we prefer applicants to have passed the Skills tests prior to attending an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The Primary Mathematics Specialist teacher training course is ideal if you want to teach young children and you have a strong interest in mathematics.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Education is a teacher training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This Subject Specialist Primary ITT (Initial Teaching Training) Programme (SSPIP), enables you to develop your subject expertise within a primary context. You will learn to teach all the primary curriculum subjects, and will develop specialist expertise in mathematics. The course lays the foundations for you becoming a future leader in mathematics. You will be prepared for employment in a generalist role at the start of your career, where you will ‘champion’ mathematics and inspire children and teachers. The course also prepares you for employment in a more specialist role, teaching mainly or solely mathematics.

We are looking to recruit graduates with strong mathematics subject knowledge who demonstrate an enthusiasm for mathematics and an understanding of the primary context. This course attracts bursaries of £6,000 (depending on qualifications) in line with the government’s priority to increase the number of primary mathematics specialist teachers.

The programme offers the equivalent of 120 credits and these may be used towards our MA in Teaching Studies. Additionally, the School also offers a number of specialised Professional Development programmes which will enable you to further develop your career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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