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Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher PGCert

University of Brighton

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Falmer Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) PGCert is designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and pupils. It offers modules that will benefit you if you work in professional or voluntary education and training, and want to enhance your skills and knowledge.

The MaST PGCert is a stand-alone qualification and counts as one-third of a masters degree. It was originally developed in association with local education authorities as part of a government drive to improve the skills in the teaching profession.

This course is suitable if you are an experienced and practising primary teacher who wants to further deepen your understanding of mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning.

The flexible work-based and part-time learning programme allows you to fit studying around your existing work or voluntary commitments.

Teaching and mentoring is delivered by a successful teaching team with an outstanding national reputation and comprehensive research profile that informs and advances course content.

Course structure

Commencing from September, the MaST PGCert is a one-year part-time programme comprising of two modules. The first is a taught module, and the second combines taught input with practice-based learning which allows you to apply the knowledge you have gained during the course.

The flexible framework combines academic study with work-based action learning and action research, so that your day-to-day professional activity informs your development through reflection and peer discussion.

The course is designed to fit in with your working patterns and delivered outside of school hours, on Saturdays (no sessions during school holidays).

All the specialist PGCerts are offered at our Falmer campus subject to meeting the minimum numbers of participants. They can also be offered off site to an organisation, school or a cluster of schools.

Areas of study

The Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST) is designed for experienced and practising primary teachers wishing to further deepen their understanding of mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning.

This programme involves lively workshop style sessions where you will engage in collaborative mathematical activity and discussion with others to analyse underpinning mathematical ideas. This taught component is supplemented by critical analysis of your own classroom practice, reflection on teaching approach and the impact of these approaches on children’s mathematical learning. Additionally you will conduct more detailed analysis of learning with particular groups of children.

The programme will support you to analyse and improve your own mathematics teaching. Enthusiasm and confidence in your teaching is an essential starting point. You must also be prepared to engage in academic study including the writing of academic assignments.

This programme consists of two main components:

deepening mathematics subject knowledge
strengthening and developing pedagogical knowledge through analysis of and reflection on your own classroom practice.

The programme will enable you as a practitioner to:

strengthen and deepen your own mathematics subject knowledge and understanding
enhance your ability to promote learning in mathematics that is challenging and engaging for pupils
analyse children’s learning in mathematics
develop reflective awareness of pedagogical approaches and their impact on engagement and learning
deepen your understanding of theory and research in mathematics education.


Our MaST PGCert is designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and students.

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Brighton

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  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    22nd out of 81 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    123 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    89 89%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%



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