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Postgraduate Certificate Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    18 months Part Time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    £2,490 (60 credits)

  • Location:


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The Postgraduate Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme is designed to enable teachers to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to become effective teachers and leaders of secondary level mathematics. The course focuses on enhancing teachers’ subject and pedagogical knowledge, as well as promoting, leading and researching positive change in mathematics practice within their own schools at Key Stages 2 to 4. This course is most successful as CPD because the school or college also benefits from the dissemination of effective practice in the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Updated 05/03/2021


  • Enhance your own mathematical understanding by focusing on developing thinking, reasoning and problem solving.
  • Develop your role by promoting and leading a project to improve an aspect of mathematics within your school, researching the impact on teaching and learning.
  • Enhance the quality of teaching and learning in mathematics within your school by developing effective practice with colleagues.

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Course Content

  • The Postgraduate Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher programme has two modules that develop mathematical understanding alongside leadership and research skills. Both modules are compulsory and will enable you to analyse and reflect upon approaches to teaching and learning mathematics at secondary level. The first module focuses on enhancing your knowledge and understanding of mathematics and related pedagogy. The second module develops your leadership and research skills within your own educational settings.

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

  •  We would require you to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent as well as the following:

    • You must be a qualified teacher with QTS or QTLS
    • You must have completed your NQT year
    • Have a recommendation from the Headteacher of the school you will be working with. This form can be downloaded here.

    English language Requirements

    All international and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the minimum English language requirements for study at postgraduate level.

    • IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
  • To complete your application you will need to upload :

    1. A completed Headteacher and Additional Information form, which includes a personal statement.
    2. Copy of QTS certificate
    3. Copy of Degree Certificate
    4. Any Change of Name Document (eg Marriage certificate) if your qualifications are in a different name to your current surname
    5. Photo ID (eg passport, driving licence)
    6. 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 at

  • 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)
    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)
  • Successful completion of this programme will lead to the award of 60 Master’s level credits. These can then be used towards a full Master’s in Education by studying further modules and a final dissertation.

  • How will I learn?

    The course is taught using an active blended learning approach, providing the opportunity to learn in both face-to-face and online settings. The main teaching with be through four Saturday Conference days per module, with workshops, seminars and group work. Two further week-day Teach Meet conferences per module will provide further development through keynote lectures, workshops and reflective discussions of practice.

    What is the schedule?

    The Saturday Conference dates for the first module will be:

    • Saturday 4th April 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30-17:30
    • Saturday 9th May 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30-17:30
    • Saturday 20th June 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30-17:30
    • Saturday 4th July 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30-17:30

    Two Teach Meet days:

    • Friday 3rd April 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30 to 15:30
    • Friday 26th June 2020 at Waterside Campus, 9:30 to 15:30

    The second module will commence in September 2020 with dates to be confirmed.

    How will I be assessed?

    The programme has one assessment for each module. The first assignment will consist of a reflective and analytical personal development portfolio that is based upon work within your own practice as a professional teacher of mathematics. The second assignment is a research report of a development project based within your own educational setting.

    What are the benefits?

    By continuing with your professional development through this programme, you will be able to lead change in mathematics teaching and learning within your school or college. This course will enable you to:

    • Attend workshops and network with a range of teachers across all key stages within mathematics
    • Engage in personalised CPD in mathematics that will benefit you and your school or college
    • Undertake CPD that links theory and research to your own and colleagues’ classroom practices
    • Reflect on shared enquiry with colleagues and develop your own confidence to lead on research-informed practice in mathematics
    • Engage in opportunities to join existing practitioner communities extending and sharing good practice
    • Have continual online and face-to-face support from course tutors
    • Gain recognition as a specialist teacher in mathematics
    • Use the 60 credits gained from successful completion of this programme towards a full Master’s in Education by studying the further modules available.

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