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Postgraduate Certificate Secondary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year Part Time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    £2,490 (60 credits)

  • Location:

    Online and Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


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 14/10/2021


  • 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.

Course Content

  • This 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 secondary mathematics without any assumption of pre-existing mathematical knowledge. There are two modules: the first is aimed at developing subject knowledge from Key stage 2 to 4. The second module is focused on leading mathematics development in school department.

    You will enhance your own mathematical reasoning and relate this to effective teaching in the classroom. We support you to develop mathematical pedagogy within your own classroom as a small action research project. 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 department. Through this programme you will attain professional recognition as a secondary mathematics specialist teacher, giving you the confidence to teach and lead mathematics.

    This course is Masters’ level professional development for secondary 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
    • learn how to develop your schools’ approach to mathematics teaching and learning

    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.
  • 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.

  • 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

  • How will I be assessed?

    In the first module, you will have one assignment. The first part is a portfolio of evidence demonstrating your developing subject knowledge. For the second part of the assignment you will conduct a short action research study in an aspect of mathematics in your own classroom.

    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. The 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 Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme. This will 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 secondary 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.