Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics

Overview

This course is an opportunity to develop the mathematical subject and pedagogical knowledge and is designed for people who are currently teaching mathematics in a primary setting. It is ideal for people who are passionate about the learning and teaching of mathematics and want to be able to influence their colleagues. Both modules involve examining and developing your own practice, as well as working with others. There will also be taught sessions on research to help you design and conduct your own small-scale study.

Key Facts
Award: PG Cert
Academic School: School of Teacher Development
Duration: 1 year
Mode of Study: Part-time
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of lower second class honours (or equivalent). Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics students will normally be working in an educational setting where they are involved in primary mathematics education.

You will require written support from your head teacher/manager of your educational setting.

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 enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

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.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

About The Course

This programme is designed for practitioners who are in a setting where they teach primary mathematics. It is ideal for practitioners who want to increase their knowledge of mathematics education to improve their own practice and have an impact on the wider mathematics education within their setting.

In order to support this, the first module focuses on developing your understanding of mathematics pedagogy, taking a critical look at how different approaches developed and how they work in a UK context. You will examine this in your own mathematics teaching through Lesson Study, where you will work collaboratively with colleagues. You will also develop your own understanding of mathematical concepts involved in number and calculation.

In the second module you will learn about coaching and mentoring and how to design and undertake an action research project so that you can take a leadership role in improving an aspect of mathematics education in your setting.

This programme will support you in applying for mathematics co-ordinator roles or senior positions such as deputy headships.

Delivery

You will attend a series of taught sessions at BGU, consisting of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Directed tasks will be set during the taught sessions to be conducted in your setting and discussed in seminars at later sessions. An important aspect of this programme will involve you sharing and be evaluating your practice so that you can learn from each other, as well as from the tutors and yourself. You will be expected to undertake individual study, which will be supported by the VLE and the library resources.

Assessment

Different types of assessment are used across the two modules to appropriately test and apply different areas of knowledge and to allow you to demonstrate a wide range of skills. These will take the form of a coursework task, along with presentation of your research. Both modules will require you to demonstrate your understanding, including the application of the knowledge in practice.

Careers & Further Study

By the end of this course, your employability will have been enhanced by the specialist mathematics training you will have received. The demand for confident mathematics teachers is on the rise as industries continue to play an increasingly dominant role in global economies. In addition, you will be enhancing your potential for promotion to senior posts through your work during the programme on coaching and mentoring colleagues, along with leading a research project for school improvement.

Modules
Pedagogical issues in Primary Mathematics will be explored, with a particular emphasis on current approaches and a critical awareness of their origins and applications. Key issues in this module will be the Big Ideas of representation & structure, mathematical thinking, fluency, variation and coherence, as well as the use of language, to develop conceptual understanding.
This module will further develop critical understanding of pedagogical issues in Primary Mathematics, including the attitudes and self-efficacy of both learners and teachers and the impact these have on mathematics education. You will learn how to design and conduct an action research project in Primary Mathematics, including how to support colleagues through coaching.
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Studying at BGU is a student experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests. We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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