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BSc (Honours) Mathematics with Education and Qualified Teacher Status

Obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) by training to become a teacher of mathematics – a subject with a national shortage of qualified teachers.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS XG11 Course code

Course description

What you study
As a qualified mathematics teacher you will be in a position to take advantage of a current shortage of trained professionals in this subject area.

You benefit from the course’s strong partnerships with secondary schools in the area. Many of our graduates find employment in their placement schools.

Throughout the course, we focus on helping you to develop
• your understanding of mathematics, starting from your own level
• your professional development as a teacher
• your personal skills and qualities.

Your time is balanced between developing your understanding of mathematics and thinking about education and school-based experience. This combination teaches you to think critically about both the subjects you study and about how people learn. You complete research and reflection to support your studies and personal development.

School placements
You spend a minimum of 120 days (24 weeks) in school over the three years of the course. In the first year, you are in school for one day each week for much of the year. In year two, there is a seven-week teaching practice, and in your final year, you have a longer teaching practice, lasting for much of your second semester.

Teaching and support
You are taught alongside other education students by mathematics education tutors and other specialists with a deep interest and commitment to teaching and learning. Much of your learning takes place in small groups of around 20-30 students. This develops an atmosphere that encourages interaction with the tutor and your fellow students through discussions and collaborative activities.

This course offers an alternative and faster path into teaching compared with the usual degree-PGCE route. It is particularly suited for those who want to study mathematics teaching in more depth. A government bursary (currently £9000) may be available for students on this course, currently paid in the final year.

Teaching and support
A personal, school-based, trained mentor is assigned to you to help develop your teaching skills through working with individual pupils, small groups and whole classes.

Further information
For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points from A level mathematics. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in mathematics. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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.

• Foundation year – successfully completing our Extended Degree in Engineering and Mathematics or equivalent

You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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.

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 bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring 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) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

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.

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.

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

2018 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent*, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points from A level mathematics. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.

Or

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in mathematics. We accept 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.

• 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.

• Foundation year – successfully completing our Extended Degree in Engineering and Mathematics or equivalent

You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

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.

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 bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring 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) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

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

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 web page.

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

* GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are

• 12 level 2 credits from an Access course

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Mathematics topics

Include • algebra and structure • number theory • logic • geometry • study of functions and calculus • numerical methods • statistical modelling • applied mathematical modelling • decision mathematics • the historical development of mathematics • recent developments in mathematics

Education topics

Include • learning theories • the corporate life of schools – legal requirements and responsibilities • the whole school and science curricula • developing inclusion • working with others • supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities • classroom and behaviour management • assessment• professional development

Assessment
  • coursework which extends work from taught sessions
  • individual and small group projects
  • presentations
  • preparation of teaching materials
  • short tests
  • examinations
  • professional development profile

Employability

We have an excellent employment record. Our students are regularly offered teaching jobs in the schools where they have completed their school based training.

Fees

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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

2018/19 academic year

£12,750 a year

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.

Additional costs information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

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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