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Primary Maths Specialist Training...without A-level in maths

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CountryLovingGirl Sat 20-Jun-15 10:21:36


I am changing career (from a science background) and I have a place on a flexible PGCE that I will complete over a two year period. I am very, very interested in maths. My course includes a maths specialism, in the 2nd year, but this is only for those with an interest in maths (not the full maths specialism). The university has said I can do it but I don't think it comes with the higher bursary.

I did not do a maths A-level and I have read that you need a B grade, at A-level, to be considered for the specialism. I did do a fair bit of maths in my degree though but I doubt that this would be enough. So, if I have 2 years to complete the part time PGCE, would you do the A-level maths at the same time (an outstanding local college has adult courses)? Can you train at a later date to do the specialism if I did this? I am 43 now so very concerned about time not being on my side.

I have two children (11 and 7) and have waited a long time to do this. I have loved helping my eldest with his SATs revision (level 6). I have signed up with a couple of agencies and I hope to work as a TA a couple of days a week (numeracy, if possible).

Is it possible?

BookSnark Sat 20-Jun-15 10:23:41

Define science... If its something like physics or engineering, you might find that the degree replaces the need for the maths A level.

DoloresLandingham Sat 20-Jun-15 10:45:26

What was your first degree? As pp has said, if it had a significant maths component then it might be sufficient. I'd get hold of your undergraduate transcript and discuss it specifically with your PGCE university. I wouldn't personally attempt an A level alongside a PGCE with a young family.

Donthate Sat 20-Jun-15 11:07:50

Why do you want to specialise in maths? Most schools will not pay more for a specialist maths teacher. If it is purely for your own interest/enjoyment weigh up whether the extra work and stress is worth it.

toomuchicecream Sat 20-Jun-15 19:58:05

After I had been teaching five years I did the MaST primary maths specialist course. It was truly excellent. There aren't enough primary teachers with any kind of maths specialism so I say go for it. Should make you more employable, and line you up for maths subject leader which often comes with a TLR. I got a b in my o level maths and had to work damn hard to get it so there was no way I would contemplate a level. In fact, I reckon one of the things which makes me a good maths teacher is that I know from bitter experience how horrible it feels when you don't understand. I really don't see why a primary specialist needs a level.

CountryLovingGirl Sat 20-Jun-15 20:47:25

I did Biomedical Science. Also, I have a Masters in the same subject. We did a fair bit of maths in the first year (statistics/graphs). I would like to do it without the A-level but I would do it if I had to (and, it would be useful). It is more of a interest at this stage but it would be nice to have use it to my advantage.
I had a look at the MaST course. Glad you found it excellent.

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