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Postgraduate Certificate Primary Mathematics

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
18 months
Location
Waterside
Start Date
February

Overview Updated 21/01/2020

We are passionate about transforming children’s lives and inspiring change. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics has the ambitious target of ensuring that every school has access to a mathematics teacher trained at Masters’ level.

This programme is based on the highly successful MaST course, which we have lead across a wide range of local authorities since 2009 with over 700 successful graduates.

Course

Highlights

  • strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development
  • enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom
  • develop your understanding and practice as a leader of mathematics within your own school context

Additional

Information

Your application

To complete your application you will need to upload:

  • A completed Headteacher and Additional Information form, which includes a personal statement
  • Copy of QTS certificate
  • Copy of Degree certificate
  • Any Change of Name Document (eg marriage certificate) if your qualifications are in a different name to your current surname
  • Photo ID (eg passport, driving licence)
  • Proof of funding (eg either a pdf on letterheaded paper from your sponsor or a purchase order). If you are self-funded, payment options are available.

For additional information, contact the programme leader Amanda O’Shea:
amanda.oshea@northampton.ac.uk

Course Details

The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics is for qualified teachers who wish to transform their own teaching practice and make an impact upon the mathematics teaching and learning within their own school. During the course we focus on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge.

You will enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom. We support you to work with colleagues in your school to develop mathematics teaching and learning through a range of professional strategies, such as coaching and mentoring.

In this way, the programme encourages you to strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a primary mathematics specialist teacher, giving you the confidence to teach and lead in this subject.

Read more

Open Days

See for yourself

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

The qualification from this course will recognise your skills as an excellent teacher and leader of primary mathematics teaching and learning. Some teachers have progressed into roles as leaders of mathematics in schools. Others have set up their own companies producing teaching and learning resources based on the principles of the programme. Furthermore, you could also gain additional modules and complete the full MA in Education through the Mathematics Pathway.

Contacts

Course enquiries
study@northampton.ac.uk

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Online enquiry form

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

Entry Requirements

Any qualified teacher working within a Primary School setting is eligible to apply. You do not need to be a leading mathematics teacher or a mathematics coordinator, but you will require the recommendation and support of your Head Teacher.

For more information on how to make an application for this course, please visit our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
    for study at postgraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Course Content

  • Leading Learning in Primary Mathematics (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM147
    Core Module Y
  • Developing Primary Mathematics (30 Credits)
    Module code: EDUM148
    Core Module Y

Continuing Professional Development

We recognise that some teachers may wish to attend the course for professional development without the requirement to complete assignments. This option is available for those teachers wishing to benefit from the course content by attending the Saturday Conferences, but for whom the Postgraduate Certificate assessment is not suitable. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon successful completion of this CPD route. Further details of this option can be obtained by emailing the Course Leader, Dr Amanda O’Shea, at Amanda.OShea@northampton.ac.uk.

Facilities &

Special Features

The success of this course is attributable to the direct impact on teaching and learning across your whole school. By continuing your own professional development, you will be able to lead change in mathematics teaching to benefit all of your colleagues and pupils. This course enables you to:

  • attend workshops and network with a range of teachers within your own subject
  • engage in personalised CPD that is relevant to your own development as well as that of your school
  • reflect on shared enquiry with colleagues and develop your own confidence to lead
  • undertake CPD tasks that link theory and research to your own and colleagues’ classroom practices
  • have continual online support from course tutors
  • have opportunities to join existing practitioner communities extending and sharing good practice
  • gain recognition as a Specialist Teacher in mathematics
  • use the 60 credits gained from this programme to complete a full Master’s in Mathematics Education by completing further modules
Reading List
  • Askew, M. (2007) Transforming primary mathematics. London: Routledge.
  • Barmby, P., Bilsborough, L., Harries, T. and Higgins, S. (2009) Primary mathematics: teaching for understanding. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
  • Boaler, J. (2009) The elephant in the classroom: helping children learn and love maths. London: Souvenir Press.
  • Gifford, S. (2005) Teaching mathematics 3-5: developing learning in the foundation stage. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Lee, C. (2006) Language for Learning Mathematics: Assessment for learning in practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Littleton, C. & Mercer, N. (2013) Interthinking: Putting talk to work. London: Routledge
  • Mason, J., Burton, L. & Stacey, K (2010) Thinking Mathematically. 2nd Edn. Harlow: Pearson

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

20/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Part Time: £2,475 (60 credits)

The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and Saturday Conferences. It does not include school cover and travel costs. Schools are often willing to help with costs and some Local Authorities will also support students.

19/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Part Time: £2,250 (60 credits)

The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and Saturday Conferences. It does not include school cover and travel costs. Schools are often willing to help with costs and some Local Authorities will also support students.

Scholarships

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…


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Updated 21/01/2020

  • We are passionate about transforming children’s lives and inspiring change. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics has the ambitious target of ensuring that every school has access to a mathematics teacher trained at Masters’ level.

    This programme is based on the highly successful MaST course, which we have lead across a wide range of local authorities since 2009 with over 700 successful graduates.

    Course

    Highlights

    • strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development
    • enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom
    • develop your understanding and practice as a leader of mathematics within your own school context
  • The Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics is for qualified teachers who wish to transform their own teaching practice and make an impact upon the mathematics teaching and learning within their own school. During the course we focus on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge.

    You will enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom. We support you to work with colleagues in your school to develop mathematics teaching and learning through a range of professional strategies, such as coaching and mentoring.

    In this way, the programme encourages you to strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a primary mathematics specialist teacher, giving you the confidence to teach and lead in this subject.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Your application

    To complete your application you will need to upload:

    • A completed Headteacher and Additional Information form, which includes a personal statement
    • Copy of QTS certificate
    • Copy of Degree certificate
    • Any Change of Name Document (eg marriage certificate) if your qualifications are in a different name to your current surname
    • Photo ID (eg passport, driving licence)
    • Proof of funding (eg either a pdf on letterheaded paper from your sponsor or a purchase order). If you are self-funded, payment options are available.

    For additional information, contact the programme leader Amanda O’Shea:
    amanda.oshea@northampton.ac.uk

    • See for yourself

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a postgraduate stall, where you can speak with tutors about the postgraduate courses that interest you, to give you all the information you need about studying at the University of Northampton.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • The qualification from this course will recognise your skills as an excellent teacher and leader of primary mathematics teaching and learning. Some teachers have progressed into roles as leaders of mathematics in schools. Others have set up their own companies producing teaching and learning resources based on the principles of the programme. Furthermore, you could also gain additional modules and complete the full MA in Education through the Mathematics Pathway.

  • Any qualified teacher working within a Primary School setting is eligible to apply. You do not need to be a leading mathematics teacher or a mathematics coordinator, but you will require the recommendation and support of your Head Teacher.

    For more information on how to make an application for this course, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course enquiries
    study@northampton.ac.uk

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Online enquiry form

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Leading Learning in Primary Mathematics (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM147
      Core Module Y
    • Developing Primary Mathematics (30 Credits)
      Module code: EDUM148
      Core Module Y
      • Askew, M. (2007) Transforming primary mathematics. London: Routledge.
      • Barmby, P., Bilsborough, L., Harries, T. and Higgins, S. (2009) Primary mathematics: teaching for understanding. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.
      • Boaler, J. (2009) The elephant in the classroom: helping children learn and love maths. London: Souvenir Press.
      • Gifford, S. (2005) Teaching mathematics 3-5: developing learning in the foundation stage. Maidenhead: Open University Press
      • Lee, C. (2006) Language for Learning Mathematics: Assessment for learning in practice. Maidenhead: Open University Press
      • Littleton, C. & Mercer, N. (2013) Interthinking: Putting talk to work. London: Routledge
      • Mason, J., Burton, L. & Stacey, K (2010) Thinking Mathematically. 2nd Edn. Harlow: Pearson

    Continuing Professional Development

    We recognise that some teachers may wish to attend the course for professional development without the requirement to complete assignments. This option is available for those teachers wishing to benefit from the course content by attending the Saturday Conferences, but for whom the Postgraduate Certificate assessment is not suitable. A certificate of attendance will be provided upon successful completion of this CPD route. Further details of this option can be obtained by emailing the Course Leader, Dr Amanda O’Shea, at Amanda.OShea@northampton.ac.uk.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    The success of this course is attributable to the direct impact on teaching and learning across your whole school. By continuing your own professional development, you will be able to lead change in mathematics teaching to benefit all of your colleagues and pupils. This course enables you to:

    • attend workshops and network with a range of teachers within your own subject
    • engage in personalised CPD that is relevant to your own development as well as that of your school
    • reflect on shared enquiry with colleagues and develop your own confidence to lead
    • undertake CPD tasks that link theory and research to your own and colleagues’ classroom practices
    • have continual online support from course tutors
    • have opportunities to join existing practitioner communities extending and sharing good practice
    • gain recognition as a Specialist Teacher in mathematics
    • use the 60 credits gained from this programme to complete a full Master’s in Mathematics Education by completing further modules
    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Part Time: £2,475 (60 credits)

    The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and Saturday Conferences. It does not include school cover and travel costs. Schools are often willing to help with costs and some Local Authorities will also support students.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Part Time: £2,250 (60 credits)

    The fee includes all costs for Network meetings and Saturday Conferences. It does not include school cover and travel costs. Schools are often willing to help with costs and some Local Authorities will also support students.

    Scholarships

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our brand new £330 million campus.

Now Open

Discover the campus

360° Tour