School Direct (Tuition Fee): Primary Mathematics Specialist
School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a route into teaching at both primary and secondary levels. Trainees join other student teachers on the established PGCE programme at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), whilst undertaking their teaching experience at their host school or alliance.
Our Primary PGCE develops effective, confident teachers whose classroom practice is informed by an advanced knowledge of educational theory, and who will continue to learn and reflect throughout their careers. We will help students to acquire the skills and expertise to support children’s learning, prepare them to teach in an inclusive urban environment, provide professional development in all national curriculum subjects and ensure that students show a concern for professional values and demonstrate the positive attitudes and behaviour expected from pupils.
Students undertake two Master’s-level (level 7) modules of 30 credits each, totaling 60 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules, two at Master’s and one at undergraduate/Bachelor’s (level 6) level and three school placements.
- Teaching and Learning
This Master's level module focuses on Pedagogy and is based on the work of the Teaching and Learning Research Project. The module provides a critical, research and enquiry-led approach to teaching and learning based on current relevant research and publications. It provides an excellent basis for professional practice as a classroom teacher that meets and extends beyond the statutory requirements of the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Students are expected to develop their understanding of key aspects of the field of study and practice demonstrated through a grasp of issues and critical insight into professional pedagogic practice. This includes understanding of learning processes and the various contexts of learning and teaching. The module encourages students to be creative, independent and successful in the application of knowledge in teaching and other work with a range of learners and colleagues. Students build their capacity to analyse teaching and learning within immediate and wider professional contexts, drawing from and applying appropriate intellectual perspectives to teaching and learning.
- Specialism Module
This Master's level module enables students to deepen their understanding of a specialist subject or area of interest and examine its role in the education of young children. Examples of the specialism options include childrens literature, geography, mathematics, new media and physical education.
Students are encouraged to examine critically the principles underpinning teaching and learning in their subject area, to explore factors that have influenced its development and consider future directions. This allows them to develop their awareness of relevant current research, policy initiatives and developments in practice as well as develop techniques of research and evaluation and consider how they can be used to support their continuing professional development. Through conducting a project while on school experience, students are able to analyse the range of opportunities for learning in and outside the classroom and explore what is meant by effective learning.
Students applying to the PGCE Primary (Specialist Mathematics full-time) course will be automatically enrolled in a mathematics-focused specialism module.
- Professional Practice
The Professional Practice module combines practical experience in schools, where trainees observe and undertake classroom teaching, subject knowledge development through UCL Institute of Education (IOE) sessions as well as pedagogical and professional development in schools and IOE-based sessions. During teaching practice, trainees gain the practical experience they need to meet the Teachers Standards as required for the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Assessment for this module is undertaken by school-based mentors in collaboration with IOE tutors.
All Student Teachers take the Professional Practice module which is primarily assessed through the two main school placements, associated tasks and portfolio. The relevant Lead School will make the arrangements for school experience.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered via a programme of lectures, workshops, tutorials and self-study. Students will be supported through a virtual learning environment and will participate in school placements. Assessment is through assignments, audits, feedback and tutorials. A final assessment is based on a range of evidence, including observations of a student's teaching, assignments, subject knowledge development, professional conduct and responses to self-study.
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
Normally a minimum of a lower second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A Mathematics degree or degrees with significant mathematics content would be an advantage.
Mathematics at grade C required.
English Language, Mathematics and Science at grade C.
Prospective students must complete a minimum of ten days of school experience, in mainstream urban state primary schools, before they can be enrolled on the Primary PGCE. This should include five days in one class and five in a range of classes and key stages in one or more schools. This may involve observations, work experience (e.g. as a teaching assistant or cover supervisor), or voluntary work. Ideally applicants should have completed a majority of their school experience before interview.
If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. The total cost of these checks is £125. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults. More details can be found on the Entry requirements page.
All applicants must successfully complete professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before they can enrol. More information can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Primary mathematics trainees may be eligible for a bursary of £6,000, depending on previous qualifications. In particular, they must have Mathematics A level at Grade B or above. To find out what funding may be available to you, please visit the Department for Education website.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as classroom teachers and mentors to PGCE students, while others have jobs as deputy and assistant headteachers. Graduates in this area can also be found working as headteachers and educational consultants.
The Primary PGCE provision was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2013. IOE student teachers are in rated highly by headteachers across London and beyond.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Students on the Primary PGCE programme benefit enormously from the complementary skills and expertise of staff in partnership schools and at UCL Institute of Education (IOE).
The schools offer placements for teaching experience, and their teachers serve as tutors, mentors and joint assessors for our student teachers. IOE tutors have extensive experience of teaching, school management, inspection, research and consultancy.
Primary PGCE students can gain experience of teaching across one or more key stages; the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1; Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2; lower Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 9) and upper Key Stage 2 (ages 9 to 11).
Accreditation: This route leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
Department: Institute of Education
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Education
78% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The Primary PGCE full-time programme is suited to those wishing to gain Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in a UK maintained (state-funded) school and who have the following background: graduates of recognised UK higher education institutions; those with a degree obtained outside the UK which is accepted by UCL Institute of Education (IOE) as an appropriate qualification; those with a qualification that gives graduate status and which is acceptable to UCL.
Early application is advised as programmes may close as soon as places are filled.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now