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Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status

Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Three years Full-time
Programme leader:
Emily Walsh
Key fact:
Offering a strong mathematics background and work-based learning, this course is the perfect pathway into a secondary education teaching career.

Page last updated 17 August 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status?

This course blends academic study with practical experience, so you will graduate from a three-year undergraduate course as a qualified teacher of secondary-level mathematics.

During your first two years, you will cover the core learning included in our BSc(Hons) Mathematics course and gain valuable work-based learning experience, where you will apply education theory in practice.

Throughout the course, a process of self-assessment and monitoring by specialist mathematics education academics will ensure that you have a secure mathematical understanding of the Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level curriculums.

Why study our course?

This is the perfect pathway if you are committed to a teaching career in secondary education. Offering a strong mathematics background and diverse work-based learning, this course will equip you with the key skills needed in the modern teaching environment.

Building on our years of experience in delivering BSc courses in mathematics and related subjects, this course delivers a thorough subject knowledge, along with valuable work-based learning opportunities in schools.

We have been ranked 21st nationally for Mathematics in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

School-based placements are a compulsory element of the course, so you will need to spend 120 days in this capacity in order to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. These will take place in Year two and Year three, where you will complete two or three placements managed by the Faculty in partnership with the schools hosting you.

Where it can take you

After three years, you will graduate with Qualified Teacher Status, making you a strong candidate equipped with a deep subject knowledge and valuable work-based experience, leaving you ready to begin your career in secondary education.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Sets, functions and Linear Algebra
  • Calculus and Numerical Methods
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Modelling and Optimisation.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Statistical Modelling
  • Algebra, Combinatronics and Graphs
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Professional Development in Secondary Education 1.

Final year

In your final year, you will build on the above key areas while also focusing on professional practice in secondary education and undertaking a self-directed mathematics project, with support from an academic advisor.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Education (1)
  • Professional Development in Secondary Education (2)
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Education (2).

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

This course nurtures a reflective approach to your personal development. You will be encouraged to assess your knowledge, learn from problems and challenges, and share your experience with other students to develop your own knowledge of learning, teaching and pedagogy.

Throughout the course, you will learn through a number of methods including lectures, group exercises, seminars, practice-based learning in school placements and micro-teach sessions.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Your progress will be assessed through a variety of methods throughout the course. This will include closed book and partially seen examinations, along with individual and group coursework assignments. In the school setting, you will be mentored by a member of the school's Mathematics Department, who will observe you frequently and assess your performance against the government's published Teachers' Standards. In this setting, you will also be observed by an assessor who will measure your performance against clearly defined standards.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.



School-based placements are a compulsory element of the course and you will need to spend 120 days in schools to achieve Qualified Teacher Status. These will take place in Year two and Year three, where you will complete two or three placements managed by the Faculty in partnership with the schools hosting you.

Study facilities

You will receive the opportunity to work with others in collaborative learning spaces, use mock classrooms and make use of specialist software. You will also have access to the Mathematics Resource Centre and our library of education-related resources.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

Graduates from this three-year undergraduate course will be qualified to teach mathematics in secondary and further education in schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges across the UK.

Throughout the course you will cover the core learning included in our BSc (Hons) Mathematics course and gain valuable work-based learning experience, where you will apply education theory in practice.

This means you will graduate as a strong candidate for employment opportunities in secondary education and fields such as data analysis, finance and business, as well giving you the option to move onto postgraduate study opportunities.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating, including examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE initiatives, which nurture talent and encourage innovation, you will gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: Grade B or above in Mathematics. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken on to full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: Maths requirement can also be met by the Cambridge Pre-U Mathematics at Merit 3.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: GCSE Maths Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading. BTEC Diploma must include Merit in one of the following units: Further Maths for Technicians; Further Maths for Construction and the Built Environment. Please list the units that you are taking in your application.
  • Access: Achievement of the HE Diploma; to include 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (before you apply, ask us which Maths units you need to do) and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in another subject. Please list the units you are taking in your application.
  • Baccalaureate IB: To include a minimum grade of 6 in higher level Mathematics.

Entry requirements

If you do not meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

At UWE Bristol, we welcome suitable applicants from under-represented groups in teaching. If you do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements but have significant life and/or work experience, you will be considered on an individual basis. For more information, please read the general information about entry requirements.

Additional requirements

Interview. Admission is subject to satisfactory interview. The interview process will assess professional suitability for a career in teaching and you must complete a period of experience in a school prior to interview (a total of 10 days or more, not necessarily in one block). On the interview day, you will be required to take a literacy task, designed to demonstrate your ability to use English to a satisfactory level. Extra time can be given to those declaring a disability such as dyslexia.

Disclosure of Criminal Background. If you are offered a place, you must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form. All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Department for Education Professional Skills Tests. All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before starting the course and before being recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). We recommend that you complete the skills tests in numeracy and literacy as soon as possible after submitting your application for an Initial Teacher Education programme. If practical, you should take these tests before attending any interview, but if this is not possible, you should take them as soon as possible thereafter. If you have not passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests. There will be a cut-off date of 30 June; if the tests have not been passed by this date, then any place offered may be withdrawn and offered to someone else. Information about the tests can be found at: The Department for Education.

All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.

Deferrals. Deferral requests will only be approved if they are received in writing by 30 June.  Requests received after this date will not be granted and you will be required to withdraw and reapply the following year.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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