BA (Hons) Primary Education with Mathematics with QTS

Why can you remember the saying ‘along the corridor and up the stairs?’ Explore how children learn and inspire their love of mathematics.

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How do you help a seven-year-old boy to learn times tables? If a nine-year-old girl is struggling with reading and writing, will she struggle with mathematics too? Should children be able to do sums in their heads?

Our three-year course supports you to consider questions such as these, along with many others. We prepare you teach the wider primary school curriculum, as well as developing the specialist mathematics knowledge you’ll need to teach primary aged school children. You'll understand how children learn key concepts within mathematics, the barriers they may face and how you can nurture and develop this understanding.

You’ll study English, mathematics, science and computing in children’s education as well as developing your knowledge to teach a broad and balanced curriculum of foundation subjects alongside this. Some of the practical skills you’ll learn include creative ways to teach reading, writing and expressive arts, how to plan lessons, and how to write learning plans for your class.

As you progress you'll have the opportunity to focus more on discrete mathematics units, exploring innovative ways to teach mathematics, as well as improving your subject knowledge. These units help to prepare you to lead mathematics education in your school and support your colleagues in teaching mathematics in your future teaching career.

Placements are a very important part of this course. On your placements, some of your day-to-day tasks might be teaching English, mathematics and foundation subjects (such as history and art), supporting children in the playground, and liaising with both parents and teaching professionals such as speech and language therapists who work with the children in your class.

Features and Benefits

  • Teaching excellence- We've been training teachers for over 100 years. You’ll be taught by lecturers who have experience in teaching in primary schools.

  • Real-world experience-You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days on placements over the three years, gaining experience across tall phases of the primary curriculum.

  • Study abroad- There may be opportunities for enrichment visits to evaluate education and schools in other countries during the second year of the course.

  • Qualified Teacher Status- When you complete your degree you will graduate with QTS.
  • Community of teachers- We train over 1,000 teachers every year, so you'll be joining a vibrant community of other student teachers and be able to share your experiences.
"What stood out to me about Manchester Met was the course guidelines. The placement options seemed to be a vital focus of the course. The practical aspect really appealed to me, nothing is going to prepare you more to go into a classroom than trialling and testing it out at University.” Kirsty Swift, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Career Prospects

After graduating, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a range of educational roles and settings, such as early years, primary schools, learning support, inclusive education and special educational needs and develop skills to progress into management.

There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers and primary teachers with specialist mathematics expertise. We have established links with a thriving community of specialist mathematics teachers in primary schools through our Centre for STEM Education.

We focus on generating primary education graduates who are skilled teachers, highly employable, resilient and knowledgeable. Our graduates are driven to make a significant contribution to education, are able to enhance the quality of learning for children and confidently take on roles within the leadership and management structures of schools.

Alternatively, you may choose to continue your professional development to masters or doctorate level. The Faculty of Education offers masters courses, with awards in: Education Studies; Inclusive Education and Disability; Educational Leadership Management; Childhood and Youth, as well as our new Masters in Teaching (MTeach) course which is specifically designed for Newly Qualified Teachers.


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Entry requirements

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

Grades BBC are required at A2 excluding General Studies. National Curriculum subjects preferred. BTEC National Diploma grades DMM. CACHE Diploma grade B excluding CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator VRQ).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (we do not accept Human Biology) Grade C or Grade 4 - these can be pending, plus two additional GCSEs at Grade C.  Please note that we may also be able to offer the Manchester Met Science Equivalency test to applicants who do not have GCSE Science, but this will be at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor after interview. 

The following qualifications and subjects are not accepted: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills. Key Skills, Human Biology and Physiology. GNVQ Science (unless this is at intermediate level and graded Merit or Distinction).

If you are currently studying on an Access to HE Diploma, we no longer accept Level 2 credits studied as part of your Access as equivalent to GCSE English Maths, English or Science.  However, you can apply with GCSEs in the three core subjects pending, though these have to be completed before the start of the course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with an overall tariff point score of 112 points.

International Baccalaureate points

25 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

All candidates should provide clear evidence in their UCAS Personal Statement and interview of:

All candidates must have evidence of study at level 3 or equivalent within the 3 years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and Occupational Health Screening are required for all students. This will be completed through the University prior to enrolment.

We welcome applications from mature students and career changers.

Placements at Manchester Met

“Training to become a teacher is interesting as you are constantly learning something new every day and that’s what keeps me motivated. Learning at university is great, but you can only learn so much from books, you have to learn on the job. The placements are essential to becoming a teacher.”

Gregory Dale, BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

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Course details

When you’re at university, you’ll have a mix of lectures, seminars, one-to-one tutorials, practical skills sessions and workshops. In taught sessions, you’ll learn about a variety of strategies to challenge and engage learners, discussing ideas with your peers to help you learn.

Our sessions tend to be very practical, with hands-on workshops or you may be asked to present your thinking to others or deliver a ‘miniteach’ session, where you can plan a small input like you would in a school. This allows you to practice and receive feedback on techniques you’ll use in the classroom.

You’ll spend a minimum of 120 days of your three-year course on placements in a variety of primary schools. Starting placements in your first year of study and over the three years, you’ll gain experience in teaching every key stage across ages 3-11 years, so that you can teach any year group when you graduate.

In your first year, you’ll study the same curriculum as students on our BA (Hons) Primary Education course. This is so that you’re able to teach the full primary school curriculum.

You’ll learn how to teach a variety of subjects in children’s education (including English and science), explore how your personal experiences shape who you become as a teacher, and develop skills in planning and delivering lessons. And you’ll go on your first block placement where you’ll plan, assess and teach a class. 

We know that going on a placement for the first time can be daunting. So, in your first year we try to allocate your placement with other students from your course depending on the location of the school. Together, you’ll plan lessons, teach in the same class, and observe each other. It’s a great way to develop your skills – and it builds your confidence for your individual placements in Year 3.

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Core Units

Academic and Professional Practice

A unit which offers tutored support to you in developing the academic and professional practice and aspirations, and integrating broader learning in support of your own interests.

Critical Thinking in Context 1

In this unit, you will develop your understanding of your aspirations as teachers, and how these connect with external expectations of your role.

Understanding Learning and Teaching 1

This unit will develop your critical knowledge and understanding of aspects of the work and lives of teachers in schools in relation to your own teaching and learning experience.

Evaluating Learning and Teaching 1

In this unit, you will learn to apply some basic social research methods.

Tutored Project

A unit which will provide you with tutored opportunity to pursue individual projects which respond to your own interests and incorporate broader experience. 

School-based Training 1

Unit details TBC

In years two and three, you’ll take specialist units in maths (two in your second year, two in your third year). These mathematics units cover two intertwining strands:

  • Personal subject knowledge and understanding of mathematics (studying primary school mathematics, such as the origin of maths and how mathematical concepts interconnect)

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in primary mathematics (maths subject knowledge, usually including collaborative experiences in school, such as lessons)

You’ll normally have two placements. For the first, you’ll support readers in Key Stage 3 for one day a week over a full half-term. For the second, you’ll take on the role of a class teacher in a ten-week assessed block placement

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Core Units

Academic and Professional Practice

A unit which offers tutored support to you in developing the academic and professional practice and aspirations, and integrating broader learning in support of your own interests.

Critical Thinking in Context 2

In this unit we will investigate approaches to educational policy, including inclusion agendas, and begin to explore more critically tensions and the way these impact on you as a teacher.

Mathematics 1

You will explore issues and develop a depth and breadth of understanding of the key ideas and concepts in mathematics including real world applications and contexts.

Mathematics 2

You will research issues around the teaching and learning of mathematics such as children's perceptions of themselves as mathematicians and mathematics in general.

School-based Training 2

Unit details TBC

In each year, one of the specialist maths units will develop your maths subject knowledge, and the other will focus on helping you to become a leader in mathematics. When you’ve completed these four units, you’ll have the skills to support colleagues in teaching maths and also lead the maths education in your school.

In your final year, there is also a ten-week assessed block placement where you will be expected to be the class teacher, planning, teaching and assessing your children’s achievements, in addition to supporting the school in the provision of additional activities to support children’s learning.

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Core Units

Critical Thinking in Context 3

In this unit we will engage with theoretical and philosophical aspects of education to support you in developing their own position and understand the complexities of the education system.

School based training 3

Unit content TBC

Mathematics 3

In this unit you will apply your skills and knowledge in research to identify an aspect of mathematics to investigate further

Mathematics 4

In this unit, you will gain a deeper understanding of research methods and methodology and use social research methods to design and investigate an aspect of mathematics teaching and learning in the context of their placement school. 

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Additional information about this course

Fitness to teach - you will be required to complete an Occupational Health Assessment to ensure that your health does not constitute a barrier to the achievement of the programme learning outcomes or eligibility to apply for registration with the professional body. This will require the completion of a health questionnaire before or during the first few weeks of your course, followed by an occupational health screening appointment if required.

Travel costs - appointments (which will be within the Greater Manchester area) will not be covered by the University.

Professional Suitability - students on programmes leading to professional qualifications are required to adhere to professional standards and codes of practice during their studies. Failure to do so may lead to exclusion from the programme on the grounds of professional unsuitability. You will be briefed about the requirements at the start of your studies.

Course specific regulations - Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies require you to achieve results that demonstrate your ability to practise safely.

Placement options

We aim for you to have a rich and varied training experience in different schools and contexts and work with our partner schools to organise placements. Throughout your placements you are closely supported in school and at university.

Whenever possible, a portion of the three assessed placements will take place working alongside an advanced skills practitioner in mathematics, providing the opportunity to learn from existing expertise and to put learning into practice whilst you are there.

In addition to a personal tutor, in year one you will have a mentor in school, who is responsible for ensuring that you feel supported in making good progress. In years two and three, you will also be supported by your school-based tutors who are also your placement class teachers and mentors. All these teachers and mentors attend development meetings with university staff on a regular basis and a number of mentors are specifically trained to work with students. You are also assigned a university based tutor who will visit you during your placement.

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with your term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. You are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where you live and to arrive in your school 45 minutes before the school day commences. We take special circumstances into consideration, such as dependants, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match placements carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages.


School of Teacher Education and Professional Development

Our School of Teacher Education and Professional Development was established over 100 years ago and specialises in training teachers and education professionals.

The department is home to three main areas in primary and secondary teacher education and professional development, and has partnerships with over 1,500 regional schools, colleges and educational organisations.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print your assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with your term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. You are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where you live and to arrive in your school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes eg train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Professional Costs

Up to £135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details -

If you decide to undertake a placement you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10.

If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must, where this is possible, obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. If you are a returning student, who has already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee.

Please go to our DBS webpage for more details.

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