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Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: X1G1 (2 years) or X1GC (3 years)

A great teacher can show their pupils that mathematics is a way of communicating and understanding the world. Join this exciting degree to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. Pass on your passion for mathematics to pupils when you graduate.

Overview

Course length: 2-3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Department: Faculty of Education
A secondary teacher addresses three pupils in a classroom who are sat in front of computers.

Help pupils grasp the basics of geometry. Deliver calculus masterclasses to gifted young mathematicians. Show students how statistical techniques can have real-world applications. At Edge Hill, you’ll learn how to become a great maths teacher, while on your school placements you’ll put your ideas into practice.

We’ll cover branches such as calculus, discrete mathematics, inferential statistics, statistical modelling, and linear algebra. You’ll learn about educational theories and policies. You’ll discover ways of incorporating technology and mathematics software into lessons. And you’ll gain valuable experience in the classroom, planning and delivering sessions and reflecting on your work.

Our experienced tutors at Edge Hill and the expert teachers in your placement schools will help you succeed. We’ll support you throughout your degree and as you take your first steps as a newly qualified teacher. Successful completion of this course leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • Professional practice placements

What you'll study

We’ll introduce you to degree level mathematics in areas like discrete mathematics, differential calculus, and algebraic and geometric structure. Your education modules will help you become used to university study and start to develop your own values. In Year 1, you’ll also observe lessons in schools to see how the teaching theory applies in a real setting.

Compulsory modules:

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Algebraic Structure

Differential Calculus

Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics

Establishing Educational Values for Schools and Learners

Establishing the Conditions for Learning in Mathematics

Establishing the Conditions for Studentship

In Year 2, you’ll build on your knowledge as we look at more advanced mathematics topics in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics. You’ll learn to use mathematics as a means of communication and you’ll start to understand the relationship between real world problems and mathematical models. You’ll conduct a small research project. And in your school practice placement, you’ll go beyond observation, you’ll help plan lessons and ensure pupils are making progress.

Compulsory modules:

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Applications of Calculus

Building Knowledge of Educational Values

Building Knowledge of Teaching Mathematics

Building Research Informed Knowledge

Inferential Statistics

Linear Algebra

In your final placement, you’ll take on more teaching responsibility and become more involved in the life of the school. Your experience will help you become a confident teacher. You’ll be able to not only teach mathematics, but promote numeracy and show pupils the beauty of learning the subject too. You’ll reflect on your teaching experience, while looking to the future of education and learning advanced techniques to help you become an outstanding mathematics specialist.

Compulsory modules:

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Exploring Possibilities for Schools and Learners

Exploring Possibilities in Teaching Mathematics

Integral Calculus

Number Theory

Researching Possibilities in Secondary Education

Statistical Modelling

How you'll study

You will learn through your time in university and out on placement. The approaches to teaching and learning are varied and include lectures, tutorials, independent study, practical workshops and seminars. The Edge Hill University Partnership is actively involved in the promotion of mathematics in local schools.

You will spend a significant amount of time on placement. This puts your training into practice through assisting in, and taking responsibility for, classes, being trained by, and working alongside, mentors and peers to further your professional development. Your teaching timetable will increase as your training progresses and you become more confident in the classroom.

You will work with pupils from various areas, backgrounds and abilities providing you with excellent experience in classroom management and the ability to teach individuals and groups at a range of levels.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through work based on your classroom experience, showing your ability to plan effectively, undertake assessment and develop your subject knowledge. Your mathematics subject knowledge is assessed through a combination of programme work assignments and presentations. As you progress from observer to teacher in school, you will be assessed through lesson observation reports. Your professional development will be mapped against the Teachers’ Standards for the award of QTS.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching you

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for 135 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

You will be taught by tutors at the cutting edge of national developments within education who write textbooks and mathematics schemes for national publication.

The programme team run an annual national competition for schools and is actively involved in the promotion of mathematics in local schools. These links are of real benefit to our trainees and allow the opportunity for a series of Royal Institution masterclasses for Year 9 pupils to be planned and delivered by Secondary Mathematics Education students each year.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

  • 3-year course – typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points. An A Level at minimum grade C (or equivalent) in Mathematics is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent);
  • 2-year course – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a relevant degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent). You are expected to have a commitment to, and understanding of, secondary education, demonstrating the personal attributes, values and motivation required to train as a teacher.

Please note, for the purposes of initial teacher training, level 2 literacy and numeracy qualifications are not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.

An interview forms part of the selection process.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to meet the Department for Education’s standards for physical and mental fitness to teach and clearance to work with children. Further information, including a Declaration of Health questionnaire and details of how to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Faculty of EducationHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Financial support arrangements for eligible UK students joining this course in academic year 2023/24 are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

This degree is accredited by the Department for Education. Successful completion of the course will enable you to gain recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

When you complete your degree, you’ll have an outstanding knowledge of mathematics and the creativity and confidence to deliver exciting mathematics lessons to secondary school pupils. With the recommendation for QTS and your practical experience, you will be able to work in secondary schools, sixth form colleges, and special schools.

We’ll help you secure your first teaching post. There is a high demand for qualified secondary school mathematics teachers in the UK, so there will be plenty of opportunities for employment in schools once you graduate.

We have many inspirational and enthusiastic graduates working in schools across the UK and beyond. As part of their commitment to bringing excellence into the teaching and learning of mathematics, they regularly engage in development opportunities. You might also want to consider returning to Edge Hill University for postgraduate study or professional development.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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