University of Worcester

University of Worcester

Primary Education (Mathematics Subject Specialist)

The course allows you to explore and develop specialist skills to teach mathematics across the primary key phase. Throughout the course, you will be supported in developing a range of teaching strategies, considering the language and vocabulary related to mathematical concepts and procedures, including talk for mathematical understanding. Common errors and misconceptions will be identified, particularly those associated with primary arithmetic, and you will develop an awareness of how these might be addressed. You will consider how mathematics can be applied in other areas of the primary curriculum and ways of planning to provide a balanced learning experience that incorporates exploration, acquisition, consolidation and application of knowledge and skills. Through working with our placement partners, you will consider how to lead and work in collaboration with colleagues to develop good quality mathematics teaching and learning throughout the school.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree or equivalent status with usually 50 per cent of the degree or professional qualification applicable to subject choice; grade C in GCSE or equivalent in English and mathematics; GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications should have been obtained at the time of application; applicants should have some work experience in a primary school setting before application and are required to show at interview that they have the required level of subject knowledge in their chosen subject; this may be through their degree, other advanced studies, or experience in the workplace; applicants from non-traditional routes, mature applicants and those wishing to change career are considered; all successful applicants must demonstrate that they have spent some time gaining experience within a school setting and have an awareness of current educational issues; short-listed applicants are interviewed; the TDA (Training and Development Agency) requires all trainee teachers to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire and obtain a Criminal Records Bureau enhanced disclosure.

Assessment methods

Students are involved in assessing their teaching skills and competence as they develop through the use of a professional development profile to which students, teachers and tutors contribute; at the end of the course students are advised about their 1st year in teaching through the career entry and development profile, as part of their continuing professional development.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 9,000 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
St John's Campus Worcester WR2 6AJ West Midlands

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