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PGCE (Primary with Mathematics)

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Teaching (General) Mathematics (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Our PGCE with Maths programme will support you to become a reflective, inclusive and creative primary school teacher. In addition, as a maths specialist, it will provide you with an enhanced understanding of maths teaching across all primary age phases.

Our Vision and Mission

We support the development of exceptional teachers for world-class schools. Our Teacher Education Partnership believes that to achieve this vision and to make a difference to young peoples' lives, it needs to be committed to:

  • Promoting reflection to help you develop a strong sense of identity that is built upon a close connection between research and experience
  • Recognising inclusivity to be rights-respecting, and recognise and challenge the political, social, economic, and cultural dimensions of practice
  • Celebrating creativity, taking informed risks, and using innovative strategies to support learning
  • Developing confidence and engagement enabling you to participate fully in steering the course of the teaching profession locally, nationally, and globally

Why Train with Goldsmiths?

You will be given a balanced and challenging introduction to teaching that is well matched to urban primary school and early years settings and is responsive to the needs of the wide range of schools we partner with. We currently have partnerships with more than 300 schools across London and beyond. During your time on the PGCE (QTS) programme, you will have the opportunity to work in contrasting schools and settings, which will provide breadth to your understanding of your role as a teacher.

Drawing on a range of expert colleagues from school settings and the university, we provide a wealth of experience and opportunities carefully designed to support you in developing excellent subject, pedagogical, and curriculum knowledge to provide a firm foundation for your future career.

Much of our university-based teaching takes place in seminar groups, providing opportunities for purposeful discussion and debate. When in school, you will learn from expert colleagues and mentors who will provide opportunities for you to consolidate your learning, as well as targeted and supportive feedback to help shape your teaching practice.

You will also be supported to make meaningful connections between theory and practice. This programme is taught and assessed at MA level which means that in addition to the award of QTS, you will graduate with 60 MA-level credits if you pass all academic elements of the programme at an appropriate level – this is equivalent to one-third of a master's degree. Full academic support is provided to ensure you are fully prepared for assessment, regardless of your prior experiences.

We provide opportunities for you to reflect on your own mental health and wellbeing from the outset of the programme and throughout the year. This is supported by a strong pastoral care system within the department.


School Experience (60 Credits) - Core
Curriculum Studies (30 Credits) - Core
Studies in General Professional Issues and Research in Education (30 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will need: to meet our fitness to train requirements: a GCSE Grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics, and a Science subject (either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or combined Science). Please note, we can only accept some UK and international GCSE equivalent qualifications. A complete list of accepted UK GCSE equivalencies can be found here. If you have a non-UK qualification that you believe is GCSE equivalent, you must check this with the Admissions team. They should have an undergraduate honours degree, at 2:2 or above from a university in the United Kingdom or an international equivalent.

University information

Goldsmiths, University of London is an institution that seeks to continually explore, question and shape the world around its academic community. With more than 115 years of academic heritage to reflect on, Goldsmiths has a prestigious history while being firmly focused on the future. Students attending the university will be able to challenge themselves through a wide range of cutting-edge degrees delivered by sector-leading academics and...more

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