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 students. 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 has been 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.
Scholarships are available for this course. Find out if you are eligible in the fees and funding section below.
Location Brighton: Falmer
Part-time 1 yearPart-time Flexible and distributed learning
Please make sure that you meet the entry requirements before applying. If you have any questions the course team will be happy to help.
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Commencing from January, the MaST PGCert is a one-year part-time programme comprising of two parts. The first is usually a taught module, and the second is a practice-based module which allows you to put into practice the knowledge you have gained during the course. Alternatively, it is possible to choose two taught modules.
The flexible framework combines academic study with work-based action learning and action research, a process whereby 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 Thursday and Saturday evenings between 6pm and 8pm (no sessions during school holidays). It can also be based entirely within your school or organisation, or delivered as a bespoke programme for a cluster of schools.
All the specialist PGCerts are offered at 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. Please see contact details for more information in the ‘Find out more’ section.
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:
The programme will enable you as a practitioner to:
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.
Graduates of the course are well placed to take on subject development and leadership positions.
UK/EU (part-time)2,090 GBP
We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students. Bursaries and loans may also be available to you.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and funding.
The fees listed here are for the 2018–19 academic year.
When costs such as health or DBS checks, or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
You may incur additional costs depending on the option modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply check with the school that provides your course using the contact details in the Find out more tab (at the end of this page) for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.
See our finance pages for advice about funding, scholarships and other financial support provided by the university as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.
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Many of the work-based learning opportunities offered on our courses such as placements and guest lectures are provided by businesses and organisations based in the city.
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You'll find living in Brighton enriches your learning experience and by the end of your course you will still be finding new things to explore and inspire you.
Campus where this course is taught
Set in the South Downs, our Falmer campus is around four miles from Brighton city centre. 7,000 students are based here taking subjects including criminology, English, education, nursing and medicine, paramedic science, psychology and sociology. Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex stadium and beautiful Stanmer Park are right next door.
Specialist learning facilities at Falmer include the curriculum centre used by teaching and education students, which houses over 30,000 teaching resources and clinical skills and simulation suites used by health students. Psychology students learn in our applied cognition and flexible creative method labs.
Falmer campus has two halls of residence on site, as well as a library, restaurant, cafes, and a students' union shop and bar.
The campus sports centre has a fitness suite, activity studios and a sports hall. There is also a floodlit astroturf football pitch, netball and tennis courts.
Cycle lanes link Falmer with our other campuses and the city centre and there is a BTN BikeShare hub on site. There are regular bus services to the city centre and other campuses. Falmer train station is right next to campus and a nine minute journey to central Brighton.
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All eligible 2019-entry students are guaranteed an offer of university-managed accommodation.
Halls of residenceWe have halls of residence across Brighton in Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb, Varley Park and Falmer.
Unihomes and unilets Unihomes and unilets are student houses that we let to our students on behalf of private landlords. This option can work particularly well when you're balancing learning with placements and other commitments. We have unihomes and unilet properties across the city.
Find out more about our accommodation and confirm your eligibility.
Private rentingThere's plenty of support if you opt for private rented accommodation. This is an option which offers choice and flexibility – enabling you to choose where you live and who with. We manage our own studenthomes database of properties. This lists accommodation offered by landlords who have signed up to our code of standards. Every summer we provide online events and resources, as well as other advice services, for students looking for a place to live and people to share with.
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Extensive facilities at Falmer sports centre
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