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

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Overview

Mathematics and Physics teachers are always in very high demand, and this degree prepares you for a highly rewarding career broadening the ambitions of young people.

BSc (Hons) Physics with Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS will qualify you to teach two core curriculum subjects in any state-maintained school in England and Wales.

Why us?

  • ‘World-leading’ research in Education according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Our Education courses (which include Physics with Mathematics Education (11-16 years) with QTS) are ranked 2nd in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2020
  • £22,000 is the average starting salary for teachers
  • The University of Sunderland has links with over 230 schools and colleges

Course structure

This course is taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, project work, group work, placements, work-based learning, and independent learning.

Your progress will be assessed with written exams, work books, presentations and posters, research papers, essays and performance in schools.

Throughout the degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

Year 1:

  • IT for Education and Training
  • Core Concepts in Physics
  • Mathematical Techniques 1
  • The Scientific Method
  • Calculus and it's Applications
  • Preparing for Academic Work

Year 2:

  • Contemporary Issues in Education
  • Developing Concepts of Energy
  • Mathematical Techniques 2
  • Waves and Fundamental Particles
  • ICT to Support Mathematics Teaching

Year 3:

  • Developing Creative Solutions
  • The Physical Worlds
  • Applications of Mathematics
  • The Nature of Science
  • The Nature of Mathematics

Final year:

  • Subject Studies
  • Negotiated Curriculum in Education
  • Development of Learning (A Critical 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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Facilities

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

Our typical offer will be in the region of:

Year 0 - 80 UCAS points at AS Level or equivalent
Year 1 - 120 UCAS points or equivalent
Year 2 - 120 credits in Higher Education

All applicants must also have passes at grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English or a recognised equivalent qualification. 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 GCSE equivalencies from equivalencytesting.com.

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

Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, no sub section below 6. After 6 April 2015, you must take your IELTS exams at one of the test centres listed on the UKVI website. If you took your IELTS exam before 6 April 2015, this does not apply, and your qualification is still valid regardless of which test centre you used.

Additional requirements:

  • DBS Enhanced Disclosure
  • Disclosure of any criminal convictions (required by DES Circular 9/93)
  • Completion of the Teaching Agency skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course. It would be helpful, but not essential, to take the tests before your interview. View information about the Skills Tests and the registration process
  • Completion of a medical pro forma

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is £9,250 if you are from 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.

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Employment

This degree awards Qualified Teacher Status, which means that when you graduate you’ll be qualified to teach in any state-maintained primary school in England and Wales. Most graduates from this course go on to teach in secondary schools.

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.

Work placements

Placements are an essential part of this degree. You will spend time in schools in each year of this three-year degree, gaining a true understanding of what being an primary 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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