BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status (with Foundation Year)

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Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years
Programme leader
Emily Walsh

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2020 intake. Applications for 2021 should be made through UCAS from September 2020.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


This course offers a strong mathematics foundation and work-based learning - the perfect pathway into a teaching career.

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.

A training bursary of £9,000 is available for final year undergraduates. Find out more about training bursaries.

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 department is currently reviewing the curriculum for this course from year one onwards. The topics you will study are listed below, however the final topics are subject to approval as the changes go through university approval.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

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

You'll usually need to pass your foundation year before going into 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 Practice
  • Mathematics Education.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year sandwich course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after year two.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final Year

You will study:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A
  • Professional Practice in Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Professional Development in Secondary Initial Teacher Education
  • Knowledge for Teaching in Secondary Initial Teacher 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.


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.

A training bursary of £9,000 is available for final year undergraduates. Find out more about training bursaries.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 80
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade B/5 or above in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements, you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status.

Additional Requirements

All applicants will be required to complete:

  • a selection event
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and a Disclosure Application Form*
  • health checks*

*All information will be treated in confidence and only taken into account when absolutely necessary.

Selection process

All applicants will be required to complete an interview. For more details on the process, please visit our selection page.

Read more about entry requirements.


How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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