• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
The Mathematical Thinking in Schools programme offered by The Open University UK is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics.


The Mathematical Thinking in Schools programme offered by The Open University UK is suitable for any Key Stage, and will broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. In order to complete the assessments, you will need access to learners of mathematics. Students on this module have worked with a variety of learners from Key Stage 2 pupils to adults. 

You will have a tutor who will provide support via telephone, email and online tutorials using software supplied with the study materials.

You will learn

The module starts from the assumption that mathematics education is an intrinsically worthwhile enterprise; it is therefore worth striving to understand its processes in order to do it better. The module aims arise from the nature of mathematics education as a process of human interaction, which means that certain aspects of the module can only be engaged with through practice. You will be expected to work on mathematics tasks yourself and consider the process you have worked through in terms of your thinking. From this perspective, the module offers ways of working that contribute to your own mathematical development and, by enhancing your work with other learners, can enrich learning and confidence.

Vocational relevance

This module has particular vocational relevance for teachers, trainers, teaching assistants or anyone aspiring to teach or communicate mathematics. It provides opportunities to consider how we learn mathematics and introduces some potential new approaches to teaching and learning. You’ll learn to communicate about mathematics and identify mathematical learning.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

This module is designed to:
  • develop your mathematical thinking
  • raise your awareness to some ways in which people learn mathematics
  • provide you with experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
  • develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of mathematics
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of some important mathematical ideas.


The module is open to anyone, though it particularly has in mind mathematics teachers, those wishing to become mathematics teachers, teaching assistants, home-school parents and special educational needs coordinators working with learners of mathematics at Key Stage 2 or above.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This module is intended for anyone aged 18 or over with an interest in the teaching and learning of mathematics. The focus of the mathematical content of the module is around the level of Key Stage 3 but the educational issues that are discussed are relevant for all stages.
  • Your own knowledge of mathematics should be at least Grade C in GCSE mathematics.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP per year and a duration of 9 months.
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