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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Secondary Teaching (QTS)

Qualify as a secondary school maths teacher

Qualify as a secondary school maths teacher

3 years full-time
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  • 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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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.

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The University of Chichester is proud to have received a rating of Outstanding from Ofsted at its inspection this year.

The Ofsted report recognised that “trainees leave very well-placed to continue on their journey towards being aspirational, inspirational and motivational teachers.”

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“…trainees flourish at the University of Chichester and develop into skilled and knowledgeable global citizens.”

“University and school staff support trainees to thrive through their highly effective ‘team around the trainee’ approach.”

“Trainees value the nurturing family ethos at Chichester, with one trainee commenting, ‘they are there to catch you when you fall, but they are also there to stop you falling in the first place’.”

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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 for 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.


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Learning Communities – Children Learning, Children Thinking

This module explores the sociological influences relating to our success as learners.

You will use research on thinking, learning and development to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn.

In addition, you will explore influences on learning, development and identity and discuss how learners are included or excluded from education settings.

Central to the module is a sociocultural perspective on learning and education that looks beyond the individual to communities and the historical contexts in which learning takes place.

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.

Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

This module will explore relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity.

You will examine key features of the theory and practice of social and educational inclusion from several perspectives, and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities, and social justice.

You will explore patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision with reference to the British experience and some international issues.

While the focus of the module will be on the British experience, some international issues will also be explored with the help of practitioners and your reading of literature.

You will have the opportunity to develop and share individual case studies, which will enable you to understand how policy affects the very real experience of individuals and institutions.

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.

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.

Introduction to Statistical Theory

Statistics involves the analysis and interpretation of data with a view to making more informed decisions. As such, its importance in the 21st century can hardly be overstated: statistical techniques are fundamental tools in Data Science, Economics and Biology, to name a few.

In this module, you will gain an introduction to statistical inference and investigate topics such as point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression models.

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

This module introduces you the core competencies that are required to enable development as a professional secondary mathematics teacher and in preparation for the 4-week school placement at the end of the module.

The content will equip you with the knowledge and understanding required for the 4-week full time placement.

Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

This module explores what effective mathematics 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 mathematics.

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 historical and contemporary approaches to teaching mathematics responsibly.

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.

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.

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.

Applications of Probability

This module aims to develop techniques in the use of probability in real-world contexts. Exploration of the theoretical mathematical models used to describe patterns of events that occur in time, and in space.

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 through effective reflection will be able to understand the impact of your teaching on pupils’ learning.

Researching Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in module Evaluating Sport, Exercise & Health. You will further develop your skills in research methods and data analysis, with a broad focus on analysis procedures including the qualitative method of interviewing, and quantitative methods of analysis of variance, correlation and linear regression. These methods are commonly used procedures in the sport, exercise and health sciences, and understanding of these will also provide a solid foundation for understanding more advanced research methods that you may learn in your future work including research projects or postgraduate study.

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.

Social Justice and Equity in Education

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; specifically, being aware of what the implications are for this in a whole school context and in their classroom.

This module will enable student teachers 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; inclusive pedagogy and breaking the cycle of disadvantage in and through education.

Independent Project

The Independent Project is a substantial piece of work that makes a significant contribution to your overall degree classification.

This module is an exciting opportunity to pursue your own personal lines of enquiry.

Applied Statistics

This module builds on statistical ideas and techniques studied in earlier modules and introduces you to using SPSS.

The emphasis of this module is on statistical modelling and case studies will be drawn from various areas including Education, Environmental Science and Health. 

Advanced Calculus

This module follows from the Calculus modules in levels 4 and 5 and continues the study of calculus and associated applications.

You will link Linear Algebra and calculus to investigate vector functions, extend your knowledge to include functions of a complex variable, and further develop your understanding of the solutions of partial differential equations

Advanced Game Theory

Game theory tries to model how decision makers 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.

School Experience: Developing As A Professional

This is the final placement, where you will spend 10 weeks in a secondary school.

It is designed for student teachers to gain proficiency in whole class teaching across the KS3 and KS4 secondary curriculum and to develop your knowledge about school management, performance, and national targets.

This placement is linked to, and designed to, enable student teachers to meet the Teachers’ Standards for QTS The placement aims to increase student teachers’ understanding and application of the relationship between theory and practice in education and develop their 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.


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Teaching and Assessment

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


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.


Your assessments 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).

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


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 who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee
International fee

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs 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

tariff points.
or better in both English Language and Maths.
A Levels
including Mathematics.
26-28 points
(with Higher mathematics at 5 and Standard English and a science at 4).
Access to HE Diploma
including 7.0 in academic writing with other components no less than 6.5 – or equivalent qualification.

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.

Cost incurred during placements

Over the duration of your course, you will spend 24 weeks on placement.

These school experiences are organised in our partnership schools which extend across East & West Sussex, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and into Surrey.

Travel to placements, which can be by car or public transport, varies but your commute will not usually exceed an hour from your term-time address to the placement school (assuming your term-time address is within our partnership area).

Students may receive a contribution towards travel costs depending upon the distance.

Whilst on School Experience appropriate professional dress will be required.

Students may wish to purchase a laptop/tablet to use whilst on school experience as schools are not required to provide these.

A satisfactory occupational health assessment is required.


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