Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Primary with Mathematics Specialism

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.

The programme is designed to not only meet the criteria outlined in Qualifying to Teach (the standards that all newly qualified teachers must meet), but to provide enhanced training and experience in the teaching of Mathematics to primary age learners, with 50% of the course dedicated to this aim.

Lectures and workshops will enable you to explore pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning with a particular focus on the core subjects, including the teaching of Phonics. Choosing a specialism in Mathematics will mean that you spend up to 50% of your programme focusing on the teaching of Mathematics at Primary level, including through a specific module in the teaching of Mathematics and through enhanced opportunities both within and across schools. An emphasis will be on developing innovative, practical and engaging ways to develop the teaching of Mathematics in Primary schools. You will be expected to review your own understanding of Mathematics and engage critically with research into children's learning of Mathematics

Entry requirements

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.

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 required prior to interview

Applicants will need to pass Professional Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to entry to this programme. A Disclosure and Barring Service check and a DfE Fitness to Teach health form are required.

Course modules

The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:

  • developing your subject and pedagogical knowledge in order to support you in becoming a reflective, skilled and effective practitioner
  • critiquing effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment in your subject and/or age phase
  • promoting your ability to design inclusive, engaging and impactful sequences of lessons to meet the diverse needs all learners
  • informed and deliberate use of educational research to improve pupils’ learning

Assessment methods

Course assessment methods include: critical reflections on practice, a literature review, small scale research projects, the design and analysis of learning experiences and a portfolio of professional activities.

You will need to monitor your progression towards achieving the professional standards required for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and to maintain a professional development portfolio associated with these.

A final assessment of your achievement of the Teachers’ standards required will be based on observation and assessment of your teaching practice and the evidence base that you develop during training.


Please note the fees for 2018/19 are still awaiting final confirmation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGDE Full-time September 2018 £ 9,250 per Academic year (Home) 10 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
IM Marsh campus Liverpool L17 6BD North West

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Campus or study location: 
IM Marsh campus
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Telephone number: 
0151 231 5090