Graduate diploma in Mathematics Education

The Open University

Program Description

Graduate diploma in Mathematics Education

The Open University

Graduate diploma in Mathematics Education

If you don’t have a specialist mathematics background, this course will give you the subject knowledge and teaching techniques to be an effective mathematics teacher in primary and secondary schools. It’s also suitable for numeracy consultants, learning support assistants or if you’re working in home education. You’ll develop your mathematical thinking, knowledge and understanding of underpinning mathematics at all key stages; and awareness of how people learn mathematics.

Key features of the course

  • Ideal professional development for teachers
  • Comprises short modules at honours level on the QAA framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Provides experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
  • Develops your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics.

Educational aims

This diploma will provide you with the continuing professional development necessary for developing your skills in, and knowledge of, the teaching and learning of mathematics.

Your studies will:

  • develop your mathematical thinking
  • raise your awareness of some of the different ways people learn mathematics
  • provide you with experience of different teaching approaches and how they impact on learning
  • develop your awareness of, and facility with, the use of ICT in the context of learning and teaching mathematics
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the mathematics which underpins the UK school curriculum.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

You will learn independently, at a distance, from teaching texts supported by references, multimedia packages, directed reading, CD-ROM, and web-supported software and web-based resources. Your activities will be supported through online discussion forums and tutor feedback.

All the learning outcomes will be developed through published distance-learning materials, including specially written study materials, study guides and assignment guides. Whilst studying these materials you will work on mathematical tasks in a variety of contexts and relate your experiences of learning with the main module ideas and the experiences of other learners.

You will be assessed through tutor-marked assignments and project reports. These require you to reflect on the processes involved in the learning and teaching mathematics and to evaluate your experiences as a teacher and learner of the subject. An open-ended project with tutor feedback and guidance will provide evidence of your skill development.


We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
  • If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
  • Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £5,264 based on our current fees.

NB: Prices are subject to change.

How long does it take?

  • Part time – 2 years
  • Full time – 1 year
  • Time limit – 7 years

Career relevance

This course provides ideal professional development if you wish to enhance your existing teaching qualifications or specialise in teaching mathematics. It will also equip you with transferable skills and knowledge sought after by fields such as finance, accountancy, engineering, science, defence, the pharmaceuticals industry and business.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. However, it’s assumed that you’ll have some experience in the area of teaching and learning mathematics. You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.

In order to complete your studies, you’ll need access to learners of mathematics working at Key Stages 2 to 4, which could include adult learners.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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