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BSc (Honours) Mathematics Education with Qualified Teacher Status

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)

Mathematics Education with Qualified Teacher Status

Qualify as a secondary mathematics teacher on this education course with Qualified Teacher Status.


Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £15,860 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? D034
When do I start? September 2023

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Course summary

  • Acquire a deep understanding of mathematics and learn to how to teach effectively.
  • Benefit from a 90% course employment record, and healthy job market.
  • Qualify as a teacher faster than through a PGCE.
  • Gain hands-on experience with school placements from your first year onwards.
  • Prepare yourself for further qualifications in maths or education.

Move quickly into a full-time secondary teaching post in mathematics. You develop your understanding of the subject, starting from your own level, while attaining vital theoretical and practical experience of teaching. You graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, in a subject where demand for teachers is high. 

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The teaching and learning approach will include individual and collaborative study alongside school-based placements in all 3 years. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 (GCSE), post-16 mathematics, and will develop the skills and professional capabilities required for effective teaching by engaging with academic theory, research, and school-based practice.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars taught by mathematics tutors and education specialists
  • at least 24 weeks in school placement 
  • advanced modules preparing you for the different stages of secondary teaching
  • small groups and a collaborative atmosphere
  • research, practical work, presentations, and written assignments
  • academic tutorials.

 

Course leaders and tutors

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Amy Birkhead
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education

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Applied learning

Placements

Starting from one day per week in your first year to longer periods in your second and third, you will work in schools to develop the knowledge skills and values required of teachers. You will be assigned a school-based mentor to help you hone your teaching skills and apply your theory - helping you to work with individual students and whole classes. Sheffield Hallam has strong links to regional secondary schools to ensure your training is of the highest quality. Many of our graduates attain full time employment at their placement schools.


Future careers

Most of our graduates go directly into employment as qualified teachers, and the course employment record currently stands at 90%. Several key transferrable skills are also developed throughout the course allowing for alternative progression or career routes.

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • academic careers as a researcher via Masters level study and PhD
  • local authority/voluntary sector worker or researcher
  • non-government organisation (NGO) administrative and research posts
  • enrichment work with young people
  • more general graduate careers including, for example, retail management and the civil service.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will study at our City Campus and engage with a structured mix of face to face and online lectures and seminars. You will have access to digital and online specialist mathematics resources to support your learning.


Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points from A level Mathematics. For example:

  • BBC at A Level including a relevant subject(s).
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4, or equivalent
  • Mathematics at grade C or 4, or equivalent

Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English.

• Access - 60 credits with at least 45 at level 3 (the rest at level 2) from a relevant Open College Network accredited course. At least 18 level 3 credits should be in mathematics at merit or distinction level. It will support your application to be studying mathematics to at least AS level.

Prior to your application we highly recommend that you have some experience observing and/or supporting mathematics lessons for Key Stage 3 and 4 in a non-selective state secondary school to gain an insight into contemporary approaches to teaching mathematics in the UK. This will greatly increase your chances of reaching the interview stage for entry to this course.

Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you either an interview or a place on the course. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these are considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

In your personal statement you should clearly state the extent of any experience you have obtained observing or supporting in a secondary mathematics classroom. You should also include any other experiences of working with young people, such working as a sports coach or with a youth group.

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event and you should present a passport or photo driving license. You can present other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to starting your course.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

If you already have an undergraduate degree you are not eligible to apply for this course.

Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling you must complete all the professional checks that are required as part of entry for the course:

Suitability Declaration
You must fully declare the following information on the pre-admission suitability declaration form provided during the admissions process:
• unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
• involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
• if you have ever been removed from a teacher training programme as a result of your behaviour, or would have been removed if you had not left the programme
Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check
• you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
• you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
• if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.
• In addition to this all those who are made an offer of a place will be checked against the DfE children’s barred list.

Occupational Health Screening
You will need to undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge. As part of this assessment you are expected to provide all relevant, truthful and accurate information to ensure a safe environment for yourself and service users.

Other background checks
All applicants that have accepted an offer will also be checked against the prohibition list to ensure you are not:
• subject to a prohibition order issued by the Secretary of State
• prohibited to teach in another country of the European Economic Area (EEA)

If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, please notify the Academic Administration team immediately by emailing tedss@shu.ac.uk.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Education Research Policy And Practice 1 Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Problem Solving Through Modelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sets And Matrices Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: The Experience Of Learning Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Thinking Mathematically Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Development Of Geometric Ideas Credits: 20
Module: Education Research Policy And Practice 2 Credits: 40
Module: Introduction To Mathematics Education Credits: 20
Module: Relations And Functions Credits: 20
Module: School Based Training 1 Credits: -
Module: Statistical Literacy Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applications Of Algebra Credits: 20
Module: Becoming A Maths Teacher Credits: 20
Module: Development Of Ideas In Number Theory Credits: 20
Module: Education Research Policy An Practice 3 Credits: 40
Module: Infinite Processes Credits: 20
Module: School Based Training 2 Credits: -

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2022/2023 are £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

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