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Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years
Programme leader:
Emily Walsh
Key fact:
This course offers a strong mathematics foundation and work-based learning - the perfect pathway into a teaching career.

Page last updated 5 November 2018


Why study mathematics with qualified teacher status?

Blending academic study with practical experience ensures you'll graduate as a qualified teacher of secondary-level mathematics.

This is the perfect pathway if you are committed to a teaching career in secondary education.

Graduates are sought after in this area due to a shortage of mathematics teachers in the UK.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status gives you a strong mathematics background and diverse work-based learning.

Find out why our students chose to study this course.

Discover the key skills needed in the modern teaching environment. Study the work of the principal theorists in mathematical education and gain valuable work-based learning experience, where you will apply the theory in practice.

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

School-based placements are a compulsory element of the course. You'll need to spend 120 days on placement, spread over your second and final year, to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Where can it take you?

After three years, you'll graduate with Qualified Teacher Status and you'll be ready to begin your teaching career in secondary education.



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (Foundation year)

You will study:

  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Mathematics: Algebra and Calculus
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mathematical Investigations
  • Foundation Mathematical Structures
  • Foundation Statistics.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

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:

  • 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.

Hear from our students about modules in mathematics education.

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'll be encouraged to assess your knowledge, learn from problems and challenges and share your experience with other students. This develops your knowledge of the method and practice of learning and teaching.

Learn through methods including lectures, group exercises, seminars, practice-based learning in school placements and micro-teach sessions.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


You can expect to be assessed through closed book and partially seen examinations, along with individual and group coursework assignments.

You'll complete at least two school placements. In each, you'll be assigned an experienced mathematics teacher as a Subject Mentor. They'll observe you frequently and assess your performance against the government's published Teachers' Standards.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year



School-based placements are a compulsory element of the course and you'll need to spend 120 days in schools to achieve Qualified Teacher Status.

Placements take place in your second and final year and you'll complete two or three placements managed by the Department of Education and Childhood and the schools hosting you.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Study in modern facilities and access excellent resources throughout your course.

Conduct group work or individual study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, a dedicated space for mathematics and statistics students. Practice in our mock classrooms and make use of specialist software.

Discuss subject and course-related issues and ideas with students and staff at weekly MathsArcade sessions.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

As a graduate from this course, you'll be qualified to teach secondary and further education mathematics in schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges across the UK.

You'll be a strong candidate for employment opportunities in secondary education and fields such as data analysis, finance and business.

You could also go on to postgraduate study opportunities.

Hear from our alumni about career paths in Mathematics and Statistics.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


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) Fee13500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1688
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 year160

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 80
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above in 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: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We welcome suitable applicants from under-represented groups in teaching.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Additional requirements


Admission is subject to satisfactory interview.

Interviews typically take place between February and June, according to when you apply.

The interview process will assess your suitability for a career in teaching and you must complete work experience in a school before interview (a total of ten days or more, not necessarily in one block).

On the interview day, you'll take a literacy task that will show if you can use English to a satisfactory level. We give extra time to those declaring a disability such as dyslexia.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

If you're 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.

We recommend that you complete the skills tests in numeracy and literacy as soon as possible after submitting your application.

You should take these tests before attending any interview, but if this isn't possible, you should take them as soon as possible after. If you haven't passed the tests at the interview stage, any offer will be conditional until you have passed both tests.

If you haven't passed the tests by 30 June, then your place may be withdrawn and offered to someone else. Information about the tests can be found via The Department for Education.

All offers will be subject to satisfactory health checks.


We only approve deferral requests if we receive them in writing by 30 June. If we receive your request after this date, you'll have to withdraw and reapply the following year.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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