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University of Cumbria: Primary Education with QTS: General Primary with Maths

Institution University of Cumbria View institution profile
Department Institute of Education
Study type Taught


Looking for a career where you can nurture children from the very start of their academic life? With a PGCE General Primary with Mathematics Specialism, you can equip children from 5-11 years with the essential maths skills needed in everyday life.

Our respected PGCE course fully supports you in your journey from student teacher to fully-fledged professional, And, because the programme has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a teacher the minute you graduate

COURSE OVERVIEW Grounded in the learning of our acclaimed PGCE General Primary, this Mathematics pathway allows you to hone your pedagogy to lead and teach Maths in a primary school setting. This unique course pathway gives you the opportunity to raise children's achievements in maths and support them to get the best out of their learning.

You’ll learn through a blend of theory and hands-on experience, working within the National Curriculum framework. You'll explore the concepts and key themes of Mathematics and Primary General, confidently devising and delivering engaging lessons to children aged 5-11 years old.

Over half the course will be spent working with children on assessed placement, with school-based enrichment activities alongside your university-based study. You'll take three placements across a variety of schools and settings, building a wealth of experience to help advance your future career.


  • Develop your personal interest in maths through a specialist pathway.

  • Benefit from high-quality support from our academics and staff on a programme designed around you.

  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.

  • Enjoy the intimate feel of our course delivery, with small class sizes and your own personal tutor.

  • Utilise cutting edge research on a newly revalidated and up-to-date course.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN This programme is focused on the two key elements that make effective practitioners. Firstly, raising the achievement of children and secondly, high-quality teaching and learning. It is these two elements together that will empower you to aspire to become outstanding teachers.

MODULES The course is structured in such a way that it scaffolds you through your learning journey in a progressive way from induction to course completion. This is done through a combination of relevant, detailed and comprehensive contributory modules which are complemented by qualificatory modules that support the development of effective classroom practice. All modules have been developed to enable you to make strong, meaningful and effective connections between theory, research and practice.

You gain the academic PGCE qualification via successful completion of two masters level modules:

  • High-Quality Teaching and Learning.

  • Raising the Achievement of Children.

These are focussed on the theory, research and practice which must be in place in order to be the highest quality, effective practitioner.

Year one - PGCE7003 Building Professional Understanding

  • PGCE7004 Enhancing Professional Practice

  • PGPC9140 Learning, Teaching and Subject Pedagogy

  • PGPC9130 Being a Teacher

  • PGPC9150 Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy Enrichment

  • PGPC9070 Cumbria Teacher of Reading

  • PGPC9160 Beginning Professional Practice

  • PGPC9170 Developing Professional Practice

  • PGPC9180 Extending Professional Practice

Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE

University of Cumbria


The Postgraduate Experience
Based across some of the North West’s most beautiful and historic locations, as well as England’s iconic capital city, The University of Cumbria is a vibrant and inspiring place. Combining experience, quality-teaching and dedicated student support, we’ve helped over 45,000 students to make their impact on the world.

Courses and Qualifications
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  • Business, Industry and Leadership
  • Arts
  • Education
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  • Science and Environment.

Within each department, there are four different varieties of postgraduate degrees available:

  • Masters (MA, MSc or MBA)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) …
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