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Postgraduate Certificate Primary Mathematics

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year part time

  • Starting:

    February

  • Fees UK:

    £2,490 (60 credits)

  • Location:

    Online and Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

Overview


This Postgraduate Certificate programme is for qualified teachers wishing to become specialist leaders of mathematics in their own school. The aims are to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective teacher and leader of primary mathematics.  The programme will enhance each teacher’s subject and pedagogical knowledge by focusing especially on developing mathematical reasoning and problem solving within key stages 1 to 3. The programme promotes the role of each teacher as an evidence-informed leader of mathematics within their own school.

Updated 20/09/2021

Highlights


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

Course Content


  • The postgraduate programme is for qualified teachers wishing to transform their teaching practice and make an impact upon the mathematics teaching and learning within their school. During the course we focus on mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving in primary mathematics without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge. There are two modules: the first is aimed at developing subject knowledge, and the second is focused on leading mathematics development in school.

    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. This is the main focus of the first module

    The programme encourages you to strengthen your own practice whilst also having a sustainable impact upon your school’s professional development. The second module will equip you with the skills and knowledge to lead a project of developing mathematics teaching and learning within your own school. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a primary mathematics specialist teacher, giving you the confidence to teach and lead mathematics.

    This course is Masters’ level professional development for primary mathematics teachers. It focuses on new and evolving aspects of maths teaching such as fluency, reasoning and mastery and is therefore relevant for teaching mathematics in the 21st century.

    On this course you will have the opportunity to

    • enhance your mathematical subject and teaching knowledge
    • further understand how your pupils learn mathematics
    • evaluate your own learning to improve your teaching practice
    • build your collaborative and leadership skills through peer coaching
    • learn how to develop your schools’ approach to mathematics teaching and learning

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  • 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 6.5 overall (or equivalent)
      with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5

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

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Part Time: £2,490 (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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • How will I be assessed?

    In the first module, you will have two assignments. The first is a reflective discussion of your own mathematical learning with an activity, which you then relate to children’s learning for the same activity. For the second assignment you will mentor or coach a colleague and reflect on their development as well as your own as a mathematics leader.

    In the second module, you will undertake a small research project that develops an aspect of mathematics teaching at your school. You will reflect on everything you have learned to suggest an improvement and lead the project in school.

    The assignment submission is a final research report in which you will analyse and reflect on the impact of this development in your school. For all of the assignments you will receive personalised tutorials and feedback on drafts.

    How will I learn?

    You will be taught in a variety of methods including online tutorials, workshops and seminars as well as asynchronous activities completed within school. There are four Saturday conferences that will be held online. There is also an optional TeachMeet conference during the year for teachers to meet for further CPD opportunities and engage in further approaches to mathematics as a STEAM subject. This TeachMeet conference will be on a weekday from 9:30 to 3:30 to be advised at the start of the year. These TeachMeet days are held in conjunction with our related Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme. This is enable you to network with a broader range of mathematics teachers and approaches to teaching and learning.

    • Module 1: February 2022 to May 2022
    • Module 2: May 2022 to February 2023

    Further tuition on the course is arranged through blended learning approaches on our dedicated online NILE course site. Our library is stocked with a very large range of e-resources that will facilitate your independent learning at a distance.

    How many hours of study?
    • Teaching activities, workshops and seminars, online tutorial and support: 30 study hours
    • Directed tasks and network sessions: 50 study hours
    • Directed reading: 50 study hours
    • Self-directed study: 70 study hours
    • Assessment activity: 100 study hours

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Careers and Employability


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.