Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS BSc (Hons)

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BSc (Hons) Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS is a fast-track route into teaching. It takes just three years to be a fully qualified teacher of mathematics, compared to the four years it takes to do a degree and then a one-year PGCE.

This course will deepen your knowledge, skills and love of learning mathematics, whilst training you to become a teacher at Secondary or College level.

The aims of the course are to develop an in-depth understanding of school level mathematics and the ability to teach conceptual understanding, whilst considering some of the challenges that children and young people face when learning mathematics. 

Whether you have recently studied mathematics, or are thinking of changing your career, one of the advantages of a three-year teaching degree is that you will have time to develop the subject knowledge required to be a successful teacher, over the course of the programme.

Why us?

  • Our Education courses (which include Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS) are ranked 2nd in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2020
  • We are one of a few Universities who offer a three year route into secondary school mathematics teaching
  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • £22,000 is the average starting salary for teachers
  • 120 days on placement in schools or colleges
  • You will be taught by tutors with proven expertise as effective teachers

Course structure

This course is taught via lectures, tutorials, seminars, and independent learning.

Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff, whilst you study a combination of professional studies and mathematics at school level.  This will involve a short, two week, non-assessed school experience, in each of the first two years, followed by an assessed teaching experience in your final year.

Alongside school experiences, you will  learn how to teach key mathematical concepts, identifying common errors and misconceptions  and consider educational issues in teaching mathematics.

Your progress will be assessed with reports, exams, presentations, and computer-based assessments.

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Professional and Curriculum Studies: Pedagogy and Effective Planning in Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Analysis and the number system (20 credits)
  • Developing resources for mathematics in school (20 credits)     
  • Structure and Pattern in Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Mathematics Through the Ages (20 credits)
  • Geometrical Pattern and Results in Mathematics (20 credits)

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Professional and Curriculum Studies: Pedagogy and Assessment for Progression (20 credits)
  • Using and Applying ICT in Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Errors and Misconceptions in Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Functions and Calculus in Secondary Schools (20 credits)
  • Mechanics for Secondary Schools (20 credits)
  • Statistics for Secondary Schools (20 credits)

Final year (national level 6):

  • Subject Studies
  • Negotiated Curriculum in Education
  • Development of Learning (A Case Study)
  • Practice of Teaching
  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • We’ve got thousands of relevant books and e-books, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.

    Resources which will be particularly useful for your course include:

    • Community Care Inform, which helps professionals who work with children and young people to make, and evidence, their decisions
    • JSTOR (short for ‘Journal Storage’), which provides access to important journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences
    • EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which is a specialised collection of over 500 education journals
    • Professional Development Collection, which features hundreds of education journals and reports
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You'll be based at The David Goldman Informatics Centre, situated on the award-winning St Peter's riverside campus. The location benefits from dedicated library services and has superb transport links with the city centre and City Campus.







Entry requirements

You can enter this course at year 1 or year 2.

Entry to year 1

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS points.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator.

You must also have five GCSEs at grade C or above, and these must include Mathematics and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above. We will only accept equivalencies from

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

  • Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Disclose any criminal convictions (required by DES Circular 9/93)
  • Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

The Department for Education (DfE) are removing the Professional Skills Test for all trainees from April 2020, instead numeracy and literacy will instead be assessed continuously throughout your course. Further information can be found on the DfE website.

If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in writing and no other element lower than 6.0.

You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

All successful applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.

Entry to year 2

You should have studied for at least one year in Higher Education. Examples include a HND/HNC, or 120 credits from the Open University.

In addition to academic qualifications, you must also:

  • Have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Disclose any criminal convictions (required by DES Circular 9/93)
  • Complete a medical pro forma (based on DFEE Circular 8/92)

If English is not your first language, please check our English language requirements. You will be assessed on your potential to learn and not your experience.

All successful applicants will be interviewed. Interviews start early November, so we recommend that you apply as soon as UCAS opens, in October.

The Government have stated that they will be removing the Professional Skills Test condition for all Teacher Trainees from March 2020. A new process for assessing numeracy and literacy will be introduced for ITT starting in 2020. We will update all applicants on any changes in the assessment of literacy and numeracy when we receive it.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK or EU
  • £12,000 if you are from outside the UK/EU

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

Use our scholarships calculator to see what you may be entitled to.

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This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained school in England and Wales. 

Good teachers are always in high demand. The average starting salary for a teacher is £22,000, and experienced teachers can earn up to £56,000 outside London, and £64,000 in London. Head teachers can reach a salary of between £42,379 and £112,000.

Teachers also benefit from excellent holidays, and the teachers’ pension scheme is the second largest public sector pension scheme in the UK.

Work placements

Placements are an essential part of this degree. You will spend at least 120 days working in schools and colleges, gaining a true understanding of what being a Mathematics teacher involves, and using your new skills and knowledge. When you’re ready to start searching for a teaching job, you will already have a wide network of professional contacts who can help you find the right opportunities.

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