BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS

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How do you help an 11-year-old to understand fractions? If you can’t speak the same language as one of your pupils, how do you explain a mathematical theory? Why do children forget mathematics?

Our three-year course helps you to develop the practical skills you’ll need to teach mathematics, as well as knowledge of how we teach and why. Some of the topics you’ll study include child and youth development, the theories behind teaching and assessing children, and how social justice affects education.

You’ll gain research skills to guide your teaching methods, explore the complex ways in which children learn, and investigate innovative approaches to teaching mathematics, such as Realistic Mathematics Education, which is used in the Netherlands.

In every year of the course, you’ll go on placements in secondary schools to help you gain experience as a teacher. You’ll attend each school with a small group of students from your course, and you’ll plan lessons and work together, trying different ways of teaching.

There may be an opportunity for students who have completed year 1 of BSc Mathematics degree to transfer directly onto year 2 of the Secondary Mathematics Education. 

Features and Benefits

  • Flexible degree- Integrated approach to studying mathematics alongside obtaining QTS
  • Teaching expertise- Course delivered by teaching staff from two faculties who have specialist knowledge of mathematics and teacher education
  • Excellent support network- Access to NQT support, alumni network and ongoing career links after graduation
  • Opportunity of funding- A training bursary for final year undergraduates of £9,000 is available for trainees on courses in secondary mathematics and physics that lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course starting in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.*
  • Qualified Teacher Status- When you complete your degree you will graduate with QTS.
  • Community of teachers- We train over 1000 teachers every year, so you'll be joining a vibrant community of other student teachers and be able to share your experiences.

*For more information on the Initial Teacher Training bursary, and to check your eligibility please click here.


"Stereotypically maths is a subject that children might not enjoy. I would like to inspire them to enjoy maths just like I did." Megan, BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics Education with QTS

Career Prospects

Mathematics is a national shortage subject and stated government priority, meaning there are strong opportunities for teachers of mathematics locally, nationally and even internationally.

For those who decide not to pursue teacher education leading to QTS, there is flexibility to major in mathematics after the first year with a view to later working in allied fields, such as publishing, the museum service or community education.

Graduates may choose to continue professional development to masters or doctorate level. The Faculty of Education offers full-time masters courses, with awards in: Education Studies; Inclusive Education and Disability; Educational Leadership and Management; Childhood and Youth. In addition, there is a professional development programme of part-time awards to masters level, including MSc STEM Education.

The University's Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) welcomes applications for Doctor of Education and MPhil.

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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 to include Grade C Mathematics.  We do not accept General Studies. National Curriculum subjects preferred. BTEC National Diploma grades DMM.  CACHE Diploma grade B.  

We do not accept the following:-

Extended Project

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator VRQ)

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics Grade C or Grade 4 - these can be pending. Three additional GCSEs at Grade C are also required.

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).

Please Note: 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. You can, however, apply with GCSEs in the three core subjects pending, though these must be completed before the start of the course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit.

International Baccalaureate points

25 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any element

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:

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.

If selected for an interview candidates must attend in person.

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, so 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.

Other sessions may be hands-on workshops, especially where subjects require levels of skills or expertise Your tutors will also use videos or podcasts to showcase specific approaches to teaching and form discussions within your class.

To make sure that you have a strong mathematical background, you’ll study specialist mathematics units in year one alongside undergraduate students on our mathematics degree. Some of the topics you’ll study include logic, functions, matrices and vectors.

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Core Units

Mathematics Fundamentals

This unit introduces fundamental topics needed for later mathematical study. It also introduces you to the notion of proof and rigorous mathematical arguments.

Linear Algebra and Programming Skills

This unit extends the work on matrices and vectors that you will have met previously and introduces them to programming with MATLAB®.

Mathematics Pedagogy 1

Through a variety of experiences, you'll explore current issues and develop understanding about teaching and learning mathematics.

The Nature of Schools

You will spend time in various educational contexts observing teaching and supporting learners. You will be introduced to a range of theory and research about education to inform your emerging understanding of schools and educational practices.

You’ll build on this mathematics knowledge in your second year. You’ll explore ways to apply mathematics to a school setting and topics such as teaching calculus, geometry, and statistics.

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Core Units

Mathematics Project

Unit details TBC

Applications of Mathematics and Statistics

Exploring issues related to the application of mathematics and statistics. Developing understanding to support the teaching and learning of applied mathematics.

Developing Mathematical Thinking

You will explore issues and develop a breadth of understanding relating to the teaching of pure mathematics.

School Practice A

You will spend four days a week in school for two and a half months during which you'll begin to develop your professional skills as a teacher, which you will evidence against the teachers standards.

Developing the Mathematics Curriculum

Consider a specific approach to delivering a topic based on research and then develop, implement, reflect and critically evaluate its effectiveness.

In your final year, you’ll usually explore approaches to teaching mathematics (including conflict teaching), and their use in secondary mathematics education. You’ll also complete a project to develop the mathematics curriculum and also learn aspects of computer programming and using it to plan lessons and develop ideas for teaching.

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Core Units

Inclusive Learning in Mathematics

You will consider inclusive learning and diversity, drawing on research, legislation and policy and personal experience of teaching.

Mathematical and Numerical Methods

Unit details TBC

Mathematics Pedagogy 2

You'll explore two approaches to teaching mathematics: conflict teaching (CT) and Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) and consider their use in secondary mathematics education.

Developing as a Reflective Practitioner

A critical evaluation of achievements against the teacher standards drawing on experiences from across the course, wider reading and a reflective journal completed during school practice.

School Practice B

You'll spend three months in a contrasting school during which you'll build on your School Practice A to secure their professional skills as a teacher, which you will evidence against the teachers standards.

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:


Placement options

Students looking to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach Mathematics at secondary level will undertake school placements in years two and three.

The Faculty of Education has a well-established and diverse partnership with over 1,000 schools, colleges and educational organisations in the North West region of England, providing you with a rich and varied training experience in different schools and contexts.

We work closely with our partner schools to organise placements and you are closely supported throughout by mentors and teachers in school and at university. All teachers and mentors attend development meetings with university staff on a regular basis and a number of mentors are specifically trained to work with you. You will also be 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 into consideration special circumstances, such as dependents, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match 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 they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. 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

£0 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.

Other Costs



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