Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (Dumfries campus) MA

Enhanced Mathematics DUMF3088

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is available to students who have selected the BGE element of the MAPE programme. It will focus on the additional aspects of mathematics (such as algebra and trigonometry) required to be taught in the lower secondary classes (S1-S3), and apply to the secondary context the pedagogical approaches taught on previous MAPE mathematics courses, including active learning and formative assessment.


Week 1-6

1 x 2 hour lecture

1 x 2 hour workshop

Week 7-11 1 x 2 hour placement

Excluded Courses





Report on pedagogical practice of lower secondary, based on school visits and lectures.35% (ILO 3) (week 11)

A skills exercise on the areas of mathematics required for the lower secondary 35% (ILO 2) (Week 9)

A lesson plan, with an evaluative commentary, for a Maths lesson which could be given to a lower secondary class 30% (ILO 1). (week 6)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to enable student to:


1. Further develop the subject-specific and pedagogical knowledge and professional skills that will enable them to plan and deliver effective learning, teaching and assessment in Mathematics in the lower secondary stage.


2. Analyse, evaluate and apply insights from mathematics education research to enhance the effectiveness of planned learning, teaching and assessment in the lower secondary stage.


3. Understand the principle features of the secondary education system, policy and school practice and be able to identify similarities and differences between the primary and secondary sector.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of and develop appropriate teaching strategies for the mathematical concepts and procedures required in the lower secondary stage.


2. Effectively plan and implement appropriate learning opportunities and assessment processes that effectively meet learners' needs at all levels of the lower secondary curriculum, including inclusive pedagogies, cross curricular learning and skills for learning, life and work.


3. Compare, contrast and critique current practice in the lower secondary stage with practice in primary schools in light of current research, curriculum and policy.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.