BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Secondary Teaching (QTS)

BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Secondary Teaching (QTS)

Qualify as a secondary school maths teacher

Qualify as a secondary school maths teacher

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3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus
  • Qualify as a teacher on this three-year degree
  • Learn from experts in the fields of mathematics and education
  • Develop your mathematics and pedagogical knowledge and skills as a teacher
  • Smaller class sizes for better learning
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Overview

Open a gateway into the teaching profession as a qualified secondary mathematics teacher

If you’re hoping to become a secondary mathematics teacher, you could qualify within three years through this undergraduate degree route.

Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Secondary Teaching (QTS) course offers you a gateway into the teaching profession as a qualified secondary mathematics teacher with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), allowing you to teach in England and Wales.

Develop your knowledge of maths and learn the art of teaching

You will study a range of undergraduate mathematics and pedagogical modules that build on your current knowledge as you learn the practical, professional, and academic skills of teaching.

You will also spend 120 days of the course on school placement developing your practice in order to become an inspirational secondary mathematics teacher.

Proud history of teacher training

The University of Chichester has been training teachers for over 180 years and we look to train employable professionals who can get out there and make a difference.

You will be taught by experienced mathematics education specialists and our dedication to small teaching groups allows you develop strong professional relationships with the University teaching team.

On this course you will:

  • Be recommended Qualified Teacher Status which allows you teach in secondary schools in England and Wales.
  • Understand fundamental areas of mathematics as well as effective ways to teach the subject within a classroom environment.
  • Provide you with the skills and knowledge to become an outstanding and professional teacher.
  • Develop your skills and abilities in both a subject and pedagogical context and through dedicated placements in secondary schools make connections between the theories and your applied practice.

The Course

Study fundamental mathematical concepts as you learn to become an outstanding teacher

You will study fundamental areas of mathematics including advanced calculus, statistical theories and applications, network analysis, machine learning, optimisation and game theory.

In addition, you will also take modules designed to enable you to study and appreciate the effective ways of teaching mathematics. These will draw on your and others experiences of learning. You will consider ideas and theories of inclusion, equality and diversity and how to respond as a professional, to contemporary issues in education.

You will spend time looking at the historical background of contemporary theories, debating and analysing their strengths and weaknesses and what this might mean in the classroom for learners.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Childhood To Adulthood

This module develops your awareness of the biological, intellectual, social and emotional changes that occur from childhood through to adulthood. You will examine the phases of development in children from conception through to puberty, early adolescence and adolescence in a changing world. You also will examine growth and physical development in the early years, motor development and maturation.

Learning Communities – Children Learning, Children Thinking

This module draws on research into thinking, learning and development in order to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn. The module explores the outside influences on learning, development and identity, as you consider how learners are included or excluded from education settings.

Calculus I

This module builds on the material covered at A level and introduces some new fundamental areas of mathematics. Differential Calculus will be extended and you will start the study of the applications of differentials, as you learn to apply these to a variety of contexts including optimisation problems.

Education, Philosophy And Thinking – Historical Perspectives

You'll begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.

Calculus II

This module builds on the material covered at A level and introduces some new fundamental areas of mathematics. You will explore Integral Calculus in more detail and begin to study of the applications of integrals. These techniques will be applied to a variety of contexts including area and volumes.

Probability And Random Variables

This module provides a grounding in the theory of probability, and is an essential precursor for the subsequent study of mathematical statistics and operations research. The emphasis will be on modelling real situations, including probability calculations motivated by statistical problems.

Preparing For Professional Practice

The module will introduce you to how theory is linked and applied to effective mathematics education practice. The topics covered in this module will be a precursor to your first practice placement.

Developing Mathematical Knowledge For Teaching

This module explores the what effective maths teachers need to know in terms of their own subject knowledge and depth of cognitive understanding. Using current theoretical frameworks, you will develop your own cognitive understanding of key, foundational topics in the secondary curriculum, and analyse the important difference between knowing how to do maths and knowing how to teach maths.

Teaching And Learning Mathematics

This module focuses on developing pedagogies and skills that enhance specifically the effective teaching of mathematics with cognitive understanding. These are developed alongside an awareness of the significant differences, challenges and characteristics of teaching and learning across the transition phase between key stages 2 and 3 (compared to the key stages adjoining them) that require specific study as well as analysing points of similarity and continuity.

Perspectives In Research In Mathematics Education (Prime)

This module provides opportunities for studying how mathematics education is researched, and changing emphases in mathematics education and in research. It provides insights into key questions, factors and issues associated with the study of school mathematics contexts. It enables you to critically examine the evidence basis for current policies and initiatives in schools, and the application of research methodologies.

Group Theory

This modules explores how groups were introduced in an attempt to study one of the most fundamental aspects of nature: symmetry. As an example, the 6 symmetries of an equilateral triangle form a group: every symmetry has a counterpart inverse symmetry, and any two symmetries can be combined to obtain another. Since the concept of symmetry is so widely applicable, the theory of groups touches almost every branch of pure and applied mathematics.

School Experience – Developing As A Teacher

You will work on placement for ten weeks to support and develop your confidence to teach the whole class in mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4. You will be able to demonstrate a competent level of subject and pedagogical knowledge towards teaching mathematics in a secondary setting and that through effective reflection will be able to understand the impact of your teaching on pupils' learning.

Network Analysis

In recent years, interest in the theory of complex networks has exploded. The advent of social media and progress in artificial intelligence have made network analysis into an indispensable tool. In this course, you will study the mathematical theory that underlies network analysis; namely, graph theory. Graph theory is an exciting and rich subject in its own right and many of its results and principles will be studied in this module.

Calculus III

This module builds on the material covered within the first year calculus courses. Calculus will be extended to functions of more than one variable and applications of partial differentiation and multiple integrals.

Statistical Methods I

In this module, you will build on the material introduced in the first-year module to take a more in-depth look at the idea of estimation. You will learn how to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of estimators and how you would find good estimators. We will guide you as to how to answer such these concepts, as this is crucial to being able to make sensible predictions from given datasets.

Pedagogical Analysis Project

You will be given opportunities to reflect on the knowledge base introduced in taught modules and to extend and demonstrate the inter-relationships between pedagogical theory, mathematics and your placement experiences. It is designed to be focused on the awareness that effective teachers need to be able to integrate and apply their body of knowledge to professional practice.

Machine Learning

Within this module, we will study algorithms that allows computers to learn and improve from experience. The importance of this topic to many modern technologies cannot be overestimated.

Advanced Game Theory

Game theory tries to model how decision markers interact during situations of conflict or cooperation. The implications of this theory are widespread and have had a significant impact on many subjects including economic, biology and computer sciences.

Perspectives In The Teaching And Management Of Mathematics

In this module, you will consider the teaching styles, leadership qualities, and resources that are effective in the delivery of the secondary mathematics curriculum. You will also examine the management structures of the wider school setting and explore decision making and leadership styles of those in higher positions.

Optimisation

This module explores the methods, theories, and applications of optimisation. You will study Iterative Methods and errors; root finding; systems of linear equations; Gaussian elimination; matrices and LU decomposition; vector and matrix norms; ill-conditioning; induced stability; systems of non-linear equations.

Social Justice And Equality

For teachers to become truly competent practitioners, it is vital for them to have an awareness of social justice, equity and social democracy, knowing both what this means in a broader global context and how this translates more locally. This module will enable you to develop and critically reflect on matters relating to; educational inequality in schools; what it means to practice social justice principles; discrimination; the relevance of meritocracy; and inclusive pedagogy.

School Experience – Developing as a Professional

This final school placement allows you to gain proficiency in whole class teaching and across the secondary curriculum and to develop their knowledge about school management and performance and national targets. This placement is linked to and designed to enable you to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS. The placement aims to increase your understanding and application of the relationship between theory and practice in education and develop your professional confidence and competence within a school setting.

Classroom Resources

Over 20,000 classroom resources available to use on placement

As a Mathematics and Secondary Teaching student, you will gain access to our dedicated library of teaching materials.

You can find thousands of classroom resources that you can borrow to use while on placement.

From posters to books, classroom kits to DVDs, our library of resources has options for all ages and needs.

You can take resources out for up to six weeks and can be taken on placement to aid with your teaching, or help you develop your skills and confidence within our classroom environments.

Experience

Discover dedicated facilities that help support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that develop your full potential as a future teacher

Teaching

You will learn from expert and experienced staff who are here to help develop your mathematical knowledge and your skills leading the classroom.

Many of our staff have a strong background within education and use their experience to inform their teaching, as the help your development into a professional and capable teacher.

You will learn through seminar, tutorials and workshops across your degree. Our dedicated learning areas simulate real world classrooms, allowing you to become more familiar, confident and comfortable in teaching spaces ahead of your professional placements.

All learning is supported by contemporary pedagogical research, theories and discussion within a small class environment.

This allows our staff to really get to know you as individuals, and support you in your journey.

Assessment

Your teaching are built to support your theoretical learning and develop your communication skills, through essays, lesson plans, research reports, risk assessments or development plans.

For mathematics modules, assessments may include examinations, task sheets, and computer-based tests. We offer high levels of individual support throughout to ensure that you feel confident to take each step in your journey towards your degree.

Work Placements

Gain vital experience as you develop your confidence at the heart of the classroom

Experience gained in schools aims to help you gain skills such as lesson planning and classroom management in order to become an inspirational secondary mathematics teacher.

All of our school placements carry credits and are undertaken in secondary schools from within our Partnership, offering a variety of sociodemographic experiences and total 120 days across the three years of the programme.

You will be able to utilise our connections with the University of Chichester Academy Trust. This is a chain of 15 local schools in which you will be able to carry out your required placements and network with other professional teachers.

These placements are designed to enable you to meet the teachers’ standards, required for the recommended award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Careers

Develop your career opportunities to teach mathematics in secondary schools

Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Secondary Teaching (QTS) leads to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status enabling you to teach in schools in England and Wales.

You will graduate with the all-round experience, knowledge and skills to meet the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards in relation to Key Stage 3 and 4 (11-16 years).

Many graduates continue into teaching mathematics in secondary schools, whilst other continue their academic learning through postgraduate study.

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Education
  • MA in Inclusive Special Education
  • PGCiPP: Workplace Learning Development

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

Entry Requirements

UCAS
104-120
tariff points.
GCSEs
C/4
or better in both English Language and Maths.
A Levels
BBB - BCC
including Mathematics.
BTEC
DDM - MMM
IB
26-28 points
(with Higher mathematics at 5 and Standard English and a science at 4).
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5

Interview and DBS

Secondary Teacher training applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

This course also requires you to attend an interview as part of the application process.

This gives our staff a chance to meet you, as well as giving you the opportunity for a campus tour and ask any questions you might have.

The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the teaching profession, as well as academic ability.

All applicants will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of professional requirements and an awareness of current educational issues.

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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