BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS

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Overview

UCAS Code:X1G1 (2 Years) or X1GC (3 Years)
Course Length:2-3 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2016, September 2017
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Initial teacher training at Edge Hill University ranked in the top two in the North West for organisation & management in the National Student Survey 2015;
  • Acquire the skills needed to use technology such as graphics, calculators and mathematics software packages;
  • Work with gifted mathematicians in secondary schools through organising and delivering Master Classes.

Successful completion of the programme leads to recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This programme combines the best in practical teaching experience with extensive degree level knowledge of Mathematics. The programme is for anyone who wants to teach secondary Mathematics. You will be taught by outstanding practitioners and will be able to take advantage of excellent learning opportunities in which you will cover subjects such as calculus, discrete mathematics, modelling and statistics. You will also be given the opportunity to combine theory and practice of subject knowledge and pedagogy in school settings and benefit from individually tailored support. The programme guarantees a stimulating, lively and challenging experience that will equip you with the required skills for employment.

Student Profiles

  • Jonathan Ducker

    BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS
    The opportunity to go out on placements has been my favourite part of the course and really fired my enthusiasm.
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Course in Depth

What will I study?

This programme is your opportunity to study Mathematics at degree level in key areas of pure mathematics, proof and logic, calculus, modelling and statistics. You will develop your aptitude to use Mathematics as a means of communication and gain an understanding of the relationship between real world problems and mathematical models. You will also be trained to become a high quality professional teacher who fosters subject enjoyment and promotes numeracy across the curriculum as well as confidence among pupils.

How will I 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.

How will I 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, examinations 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 (2012) for the award of QTS.

Who will be teaching me?

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 runs 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.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 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.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.

Modules

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Year 1

SUG1000 Professional Practice 1A (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1A provides an initial professional practice experience in a secondary school with an additional short placement in a primary setting. Initial professional practice is based upon observation and practical experience. You will have frequent opportunities to observe experienced teachers in the classroom, in addition to shadowing pupils and staff. The school’s safeguarding processes will also be explained. The placement will enable you to carry out a variety of school-based tasks, participate in lessons under your mentor’s supervision, and gradually increase your responsibility for both planning and teaching.

SUG1001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Transition into Higher Education and the Teaching Profession equips you with the required academic study skills for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your teaching experience. The module will also raise your wider professional awareness of the importance of secondary teaching. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG1005 Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in Mathematics (20 credits)

Principles, Pedagogy and Planning in Mathematics introduces mathematics subject-specific professional responsibilities for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, covering lesson preparation, delivery, evaluation and pupil assessment. The module enables you to develop the required professional vocational skills and knowledge for your teaching experience, working towards effective classroom delivery for all pupils. This will include an introduction to how to plan and deliver effective and well-structured lessons which promote a love of learning and encourage children’s intellectual curiosity. You will discover how to plan for the effective use of homework and other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend pupil knowledge.

SUG1021 Mathematical Proof and Logic (20 credits)

Mathematical Proof and Logic presents the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of reasoning and proof, exploring rich mathematical situations and solving problems. Mathematical logic and proof is fundamental to the foundations of mathematics. You will be challenged to use the methods taught in the module to explore and solve problems in geometry, numeracy and algebra. The mathematics required to engage with the problems will be fixed at a level appropriate to your knowledge to allow you to demonstrate learning around the key aspects of proof and logic.

SUG1022 Modelling Using Mechanics (20 credits)

Modelling Using Mechanics develops your understanding of the mathematical modelling cycle. You will set up, solve and interpret your solutions to models in both 2D and in 3D, considering applications of Newton’s Laws of motion and forces etc.

SUG1023 Understanding Continuous Functions (20 credits)

Understanding Continuous Functions allows you to use a mixture of numerical and analytical techniques to help you to achieve a deeper understanding of key features of continuous functions. The module also extends the range of continuous functions you are likely to have met in previous study. An understanding of continuous functions is a key area of mathematics, used both in pure mathematics and most importantly in a variety of applications.

SUG1024 Exploring Algebraic and Geometric Structure (20 credits)

Exploring Algebraic and Geometric Structure is the first of a series of modules concentrating on aspects of pure mathematics, in particular developing a deep understanding of numbers and examining the links between algebra and geometry. The module introduces mathematical principles such as algebraic structure, proof, matrix algebra and the extension of the number system to include complex numbers. You will be introduced to computer algebra and mathematical word processing.

Year 2

SUG2000 Professional Practice 1B (20 credits)

Professional Practice 1B allows you to prepare for, and subsequently complete, a placement in which you will undertake up to 50% of a full teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG2001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Legal Requirements for Professional Practice (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Legal Requirements for Professional Practice helps you to understand the required professional conduct, duties and responsibilities of a secondary teacher. The aim is to encourage you to make purposeful links between theoretical understanding, the implementation of national policies and initiatives, and your practice-based experiences. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG2005 Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in the Mathematics Classroom (20 credits)

Creative Medium Term Planning and Teaching in the Mathematics Classroom enables you to consider effective teaching in mathematics through the discussion and evaluation of alternative approaches. In addition, the module will analyse the role of mathematics in the curriculum and examine how it contributes to a range of whole-school issues. There will be a clear focus on the planning, teaching and assessment cycle, which lies at the heart of the most effective professional practice, and on evaluation and review, which lies at the heart of ongoing professional development.

SUG2010 Educational Research Methods for School Improvement (20 credits)

Educational Research Methods for School Improvement provides you with an introduction to qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, combined with reflection on methodological issues, forms a key element of the module. You will formulate a research plan which provides an excellent foundation if you wish to pursue higher degree study or further research work in the future. The module will demonstrate the need to keep up to date with both research and development in knowledge and pedagogy in your chosen subject area and encourage you to critically evaluate your own learning.

SUG2020 Statistical Inference (20 credits)

Statistical Inference develops your knowledge of mathematical approaches to statistical inference, an area in which the skills of hypothesis testing, estimation and prediction are used in a growing number of real world fields as well as in research design. The module provides you with an insight into the underlying structure of techniques and key results and will ensure that you have greater confidence in your use of statistics. The emphasis on problems and applications makes the module one that is highly relevant both to applied mathematicians and future researchers.

SUG2021 Discrete Mathematics (20 credits)

Discrete Mathematics explores a variety of topics within discrete mathematics and provides a mathematical balance to the study of continuous systems previously encountered. You will be introduced to the concept of using discrete mathematics to model and solve modern day problems. The module provides an opportunity to study modern topics within mathematics such as flows, matchings, allocation, decision trees, critical path analysis, graphs and networks.

SUG2022 Linear Algebra (20 credits)

Linear Algebra builds on your knowledge of algebraic structure and matrices and provides the depth of understanding that you need to grasp the links between numbers, algebra and geometry. You will learn to apply algebraic results geometrically, recognise applications of linear algebra and interpret results, understand and manipulate the concepts of a vector space, and use and interpret the output of computer algebra and graphing packages to solve and present solutions to algebraic and geometric problems.

Year 3

SUG3000 Professional Practice 2 (40 credits)

Professional Practice 2 consists of a synoptic placement during which you will be required to undertake up to 70-75% of a teaching timetable, comprising observation, small group or whole class teaching with your mentor or another trainee, and solo teaching as appropriate. You will have responsibility for planning lessons or parts of lessons, considering the role of a scheme of work and developing it for a specific group of learners, maintaining sound discipline, ensuring appropriate teaching methods are used, assessing learners’ progress, and making written evaluations of your own teaching. You will also be expected to take a full role in the wider life of the school, participating in tutor work, pastoral care, extra-curricular activities, professional development opportunities, parents’ evenings and school events.

SUG3001 Personal and Professional Conduct - Employability (20 credits)

Personal and Professional Conduct – Employability equips you with the advanced academic study skills required for Higher Education and the necessary professional vocational skills for your professional practice. In addition, the module enables you to further your working knowledge of the standards for teachers’ conduct, enhance your employability, prepare for job applications and interviews, and understand what to expect from your year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Self-evaluation, reflection and the setting of professional development targets are key features of the module.

SUG3005 Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in Mathematics (20 credits)

Classroom Assessment and Target Setting Skills in Mathematics develops your understanding of assessment theory in relation to both formative and summative assessment practice in school. You will need to grade work against school-based and national benchmarks relevant to mathematical studies, as well as developing strategies for giving meaningful feedback and targets to pupils in order to secure progression. The module also outlines the cycle of evaluation and review, examining its impact on future planning.

SUG3012 School Improvement Study in Mathematics (20 credits)

School Improvement Study in Mathematics enhances your skills in qualitative and quantitative educational research methods for personal and school improvement. The reading and assessment of publications, together with reflection on the design, implementation and critical evaluation of methodological issues, form key elements of the module. You will implement and evaluate a research plan during a professional placement and gain a strong foundation for potentially pursuing higher degree study or further research work in the future.

SUG3025 Mathematical Models (20 credits)

Mathematical Models covers a number of situations where differential equations arise and introduces you to the solution of boundary-value problems. Mathematical modelling is an important branch of the subject and one which has had substantial influence in recent years. Modelling provides a key illustration of how mathematics can be used, in a wide range of situations, such as to solve problems in areas like physical science.

SUG3026 Number Theory (20 credits)

Number Theory covers an area of mathematical study that will enrich and deepen your knowledge of numbers and place the study of numbers into a wider cultural and historical context. The module will enable you to identify particular types of ordinary differential equations and methods of solution, analyse a range of ordinary differential equations, understand and apply the use of partial derivatives in finding stationary points, and analyse dynamical systems by applying the methods of the module to their study.

SUG3027 Ordinary Differential Equations (20 credits)

Ordinary Differential Equations focuses on the theory of whole numbers. Working with whole numbers and investigating their properties not only deepens your understanding of pure mathematics but also provides an opportunity to use mathematical proof techniques. The module will enable you to discover and apply some of the fundamental properties of prime numbers. You will be immersed in key theories of arithmetic, the properties of congruence equations, the manipulation of continued fractions, and the properties of number theoretic functions.

Disclaimer

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

The UCAS Tariff system, which allocates points to a range of qualifications in university entry requirements, is changing for students joining programmes from September 2017 onwards.

The entry criteria below are mapped to the current UCAS Tariff for academic year 2016/17 entry and the new UCAS Tariff for academic year 2017/18 entry.

  • 3 Years – 280 UCAS Tariff points for 2016/17 entry or 112 UCAS Tariff points for 2017/18 entry. An A Level at minimum grade C (or equivalent) in Mathematics or a related subject is required, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent);
  • 2 Years – relevant HND/HNC or Part1 (120 credits at Level 4) of a degree programme, plus GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Evidence of secondary school experience is recommended.

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

An interview will form part of the selection process.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/skillstests.

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

Some typical examples of how you can achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

  • A Levels – BBC;
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) – Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma – successful completion of Diploma to include at least 45 passed credits at Level 3.

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

As long as 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 the Welsh Baccalaureate and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), AS levels that haven’t been continued to A2, and General Studies AS/A2 awards.

For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Access to Secondary Initial Teacher Training course could be for you.

This free 36-week programme provides a great opportunity to gain the study skills and subject knowledge to guarantee the offer of a place on an Edge Hill University degree (subject to meeting any additional requirements stipulated in your Fastrack offer letter).

For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

You will graduate as an outstanding secondary teacher who is able to bring excellent subject knowledge to a first teaching post. This allows you to teach in a secondary school. You will also have practical experience in school and other settings together with a comprehensive set of mathematics skills and knowledge of mathematics to degree level. You will have subject pedagogy to enable you to excel in the classroom.

Our graduates work in schools across the UK. We offer excellent support to help you gain a first post as a newly qualified teacher and have a proven track record for trainees securing teaching posts.

Before the end of your degree you will need to complete a Career Entry and Development Profile (CEDP) which acts as a useful bridge between your initial teacher training programme and your Induction Year as a Newly Qualified Teacher.

Finance

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this undergraduate degree are £9,000 per annum for UK and EU students and £11,350 per annum for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Scholarships

ScholarshipsEdge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Apply

How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

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.

Visit Us

If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/bookanopenday.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective undergraduate students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradevents.

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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Course Changes

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