PGCert Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice

Gain a deep understanding of mathematics subject knowledge and pedagogy within the primary curriculum on a programme with a strong focus on practice development and whole school improvement.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 1 Year Part-Time
      Start Dates: October 2021, October 2022
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University
      St James', Manchester

      If you are a qualified, practising teacher, seeking to enhance your subject knowledge of mathematics and pedagogical skills, this could be the programme for you. The Postgraduate Certificate replaces the previous Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST) and retains the same aims of developing personal practice and whole school impact. This is achieved by improving your understanding of the primary mathematics curriculum, identifying school priorities, and supporting you in working with colleagues to develop the teaching and learning of mathematics in your school. You will discover a range of approaches to teaching and learning as you become conversant with the requirements of the national curriculum and develop the knowledge and capability to support its delivery across your school. The programme also offers the opportunity to network and share good practice with colleagues from around the country and engage in critical debate about current issues in maths education.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The programme provides a strong focus on mathematics subject knowledge in relation to the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 curricula, including progression from the Early Years Foundation Stage and into Key Stage 3. You will have the opportunity to support this subject knowledge with an exploration of appropriate teaching strategies.

      How will I study?

      The course is delivered in blended mode, with modules having three face-to-face conference days, which are usually scheduled on Fridays at St James’ in Manchester.

      As a blended programme, there is a teaching interface via a virtual learning environment through which you will have access to module and university library resources, activities and interactive support, both peer-to-peer and tutor-to-peer.

      How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed through coursework based on a range of professional learning activities and projects. Opportunities for formative feedback will be scheduled throughout each module.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The programme team have considerable expertise in the field of mathematics education and postgraduate professional learning. Tutors have recent and relevant experience of teaching and leading mathematics in primary schools.


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      MST4010Specialist Primary Mathematics 1 (30 credits)

      Specialist Primary Mathematics 1 aims to deepen your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills in order to develop your own practice and support colleagues in improving the mathematical learning of all pupils within school. You will attend conference days, face-to-face sessions and online learning to support your development. Assessment will be based on a short classroom-based inquiry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      MST4011Specialist Primary Mathematics 2 (30 credits)

      Specialist Primary Mathematics 2 enhances your knowledge of the Primary Mathematics curriculum. The module will deepen your mathematical subject knowledge and pedagogical skills in order to develop your practice as a Specialist Mathematics practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to critically evaluate your own practice, identifying appropriate methods for supporting colleagues in addressing and overcoming misconceptions in Mathematics.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      The programme is suitable for qualified, practising teachers. To be accepted onto the programme you must match one of the following examples and be:

      • Teaching in a primary school, committed to improving the quality of learning and teaching of mathematics, and enthusiastic about becoming an ambassador for mathematics in both your own and other settings;
      • Teaching in a secondary or middle school, seeking a better understanding of the pedagogy of teaching Key Stage 2 mathematics, and wishing to develop your knowledge of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in order to facilitate a smooth transition into Key Stage 3;
      • Teaching in a secondary school, meeting the needs of children who have not reached expected standards of mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2;
      • Teaching in a special school, seeking to improve your mathematics subject knowledge, and able to differentiate for all learners through the use of a variety of pedagogies;
      • Teaching in a teaching school seeking support to deliver continuing professional development to other settings in the same cluster.

      Places (subject to availability) will be allocated to all suitably qualified applicants who have the support and endorsement of their headteacher.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      On completion of this programme, you will be well placed to apply for more senior roles both in your current school and at other institutions.

      As a Specialist Primary Mathematics Practitioner, you will have the knowledge and skills to make a significant and positive contribution to a range of school improvement and school-to-school support initiatives.

      You can also continue your studies to Masters level with our MA Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are:

      • £34 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2021/22. This is equivalent to £1,020 per 30 credit module;
      • £39 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £1,170 per 30 credit module.

      60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide at

      Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses in academic year 2022/23 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      7th July 2021 - Change of Tuition Fees

      The part-time tuition fee rate for UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22 has been reduced to £34 per credit, i.e. £1,020 per 30 credit module.

      Covid-19 - Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice Essential Information

      Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice Course Statement

      The face-to-face sessions that would usually take place at St James' in Manchester will be delivered online. These arrangements will be subject to a review at the end of the Autumn term.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.

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