This is a full-time one year course throughout which you will learn from a combination of school placements and taught sessions. Placements are carefully structured to help you gradually build experience and develop confidence as an effective teacher. During your time in the programme you will be given the opportunity to:
Become an excellent primary teacher, with specialist expertise in Mathematics, who creates meaningful learning across all aspects of the primary curriculum;
Become an advocate for Mathematics and inspire pupils and teachers in this subject;
Benefit from high quality training with experts in primary education and mathematics, both at BGU and across our partnership of schools.
Award: Postgraduate and Professional graduate
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: 2:2 degree classification and 10 days experience
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: X00G
About the course
In the Williams report, 2008 the aspiration of having a Mathematics specialist in all primary schools was a key recommendation. This course offers you an opportunity to qualify as a primary school teacher with additional expertise in Mathematics, so that you can be an advocate for this subject in school and share your enthusiasm and passion for the subject.
The PGCE Primary Mathematics Specialist (with QTS) will enable you to develop your understanding of all the National Curriculum subjects in the primary phases, with an additional focus upon Mathematics. This will prepare you for your NQT year and enable you to have additional skills and expertise to bring to your first teaching post.
You will train to teach across the 5-11 age range in Key Stages 1 and 2 and you will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. You will also have experience in the age range 3-5 and in Key Stage 3. You will study PGCE modules that will help you to develop your understanding of learning and teaching in the primary classroom, with a focus upon Mathematics.
You will normally need:
- GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science at the time of application
- an honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above (Where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application)
- Experience – please see information below
- Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
- Declaration of Health
- DBS (formerly the CRB) Enhanced Disclosure
When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications:
- GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
- Degree Class and relevance of content
- Additional relevant qualifications
You must be able to evidence successful completion of your GCSE qualifications by July 31st 2016 for September 2016 entry. We are unable to consider applications with a pending GCSE qualification if the final result cannot be evidenced by July 31st. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.
In addition to the academic entry requirements above you will ideally have at least one of the following:
- GCSE at grade A or A* (or equivalent qualification) in mathematics
- A level (or equivalent qualification) in mathematics
- A relevant degree with an aspect of mathematics included (for example, mathematical statistics, economics, Psychology).
Experience in a relevant setting is important as it will help you to make sure that you are aware of the role of a teacher in the twenty-first century. The course is intensive and demanding and you need to be very sure that you understand and are suited to a career in the teaching profession. It is also important to obtain as we look for evidence of recent experience on your application form, and you will also need to talk about your recent experience in a relevant setting at interview, reflecting on what you have learned.
When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your experience:
- Days in school observing practice, recency and breadth
- Days of teaching
- Other relevant work experience
As a general rule, 10 days or more in a relevant setting would be a good starting point for you to get an interview for the Primary PGCE.
School-based reference are required as part of the application process, however, please be aware that we are not able to accept references from relations working in the same setting.
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course and this will be a condition of your offer if it applies to you.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of offer. Please click here for further information.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) – formerly the CRB and Health
In addition you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. In addition, all students will need to pay £44 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Fees, Funding, Scholarships and Bursaries
There are financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2017 / 18. For further information and clarification regarding eligibility please visit the Get into Teaching website.
We offer a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops independent study and school-based training. Assessments include written assignments and make strong links between theory and practice.
Modules studied on this course at present
- Learning and Teaching
- Classroom Focused Development
- Learning and Teaching
- Classroom Focused Development