Mathematics with opt-in route to QTS BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, Part-time

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Key Details

  • G100 Course Code
  • Part Time



Newman University has a strong and successful history of Secondary Mathematics teacher training and produces high quality secondary mathematics teachers. (Ofsted, 2015.)  We are proud to be one of the few ITE providers who are able to offer the new and innovative BSc (Hons) Mathematics with QTS.  This pathway allows students studying for the 3 year BSc (Hons) Mathematics to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), combining a thorough understanding of the principles and applications within the BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme with the exciting opportunity of gaining QTS, allowing you to teach within the UK education system.

You will follow a specialised teacher training programme integrated within the 3 year BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme in order to learn how to teach mathematics to all ability ranges at secondary level. Additionally, you will develop a sound understanding of secondary mathematics pedagogy that deeply develops pupils’ mathematical knowledge and enthusiasm for learning mathematics.

Course Content

In this option you will undertake a range of modules and attend workshop sessions throughout the three years, which will encourage you to become a good/outstanding teacher of mathematics and enable you to successfully meet the Teacher’s Standards (2012). This structured route will develop your understand and application of varied teaching, learning and assessment approaches and will equip you with strategies to ensure pupils progress while learning and enjoying mathematics. Constructs such as conceptual understanding and mastery in Mathematics teaching and learning, will be discussed and investigated and you will explore various effective pedagogical practices which will deepen pupils’ understanding of mathematics. Additionally you explore the importance of applying mathematical concepts within many contexts, such as problem solving scenarios, and use many technologies and artefacts to illustrate and model mathematical concepts, skills and processes.  Emphasis will be on assessing learners and exploring potential errors and misconceptions and using pedagogical and personalised strategies to cater for pupil’s mathematical needs as well as understanding the diversity of pupils.  Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of mathematics education research to inform you own philosophy, rationale and practice.  Many whole and contemporary educational theories /themes/ issues will be also explored to give you a holistic understanding of how pupils learn, how pupils are managed, and how pupils are assessed.


School based learning

At Newman University we pride ourselves by having excellent relationships with our partnership schools and teaching school alliances and you will gain a vast amount of teaching experience. Over the three years you will spend 24 weeks in at least two different secondary schools; 6 weeks in Year 1 of the programme, 8 weeks in Year 2 and 10 weeks in Year 3. You will be supported throughout these placements by experienced teaching colleagues and mentors who are trained to provide student teachers with the necessary support and guidance. Partnership tutors from Newman will be also allocated to provide advice and counsel. School based learning includes observations of teachers, attending professional development sessions and a structured programme of whole/group classroom teaching. Furthermore, you will experience Primary and Post-16 settings to understand transition between the various Key Stages as well as gaining valuable knowledge of effective practice from Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 5 mathematics teaching and learning.


For further genreal information about the course please refer to the course page contained within the Mathematics subject area

Entry Requirements

September 2018 Entry Requirements

You must achieve either at least 104 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent, or a total of 96 points from a maximum of 3 A levels or a BTEC Extended Diploma. As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access students will need 106 UCAS points.

All applicants must have a grade C or above in A2 level Mathematics. 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language and Mathematics or a recognised equivalent, are also required.

To progress onto the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) opt-in with recommendation for qualified teacher status, applicants must also have met the additional ITE requirements.

Key Skills, Adult Literacy or Adult Numeracy are not accepted as GCSE equivalent for Initial Teacher Education courses. If the qualifications you are studying are not mentioned above please contact admissions on 0121 476 1181 or email for clarification.

School experience is desirable, but not an essential requirement prior to interview. However, having experience in a school will:

  • Ensure that you are making the right decision to join the PGCE/UG ITE programme
  • Allows you to add additional information at interview about the experience that you have had when working with children
  • Gives you an advantage when you start the course as you will be able to make links between your learning and how this relates to school

At interview we will discuss with the applicant any relevant school experience or opportunities that applicants have had to work with school aged children; in a variety of settings.

We’ll look at the quality and variety of your experience that you outline in your personal statement when we are deciding whether to shortlist you. If you are shortlisted, you will visit us here at Newman for an interview, plus you will sit literacy and numeracy diagnostic tests. You will also need to obtain Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, meet the requirements for capacity to teach and pass the national skills tests.


Contact: Contact for admissions enquiries Admissions Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2386) Email:

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Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19

Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,250*

Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional costs:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is not required for entry into this programme, although it is in many cases required by employers before students can begin their Year 2 (level 5) work placement. The cost of the DBS is currently £55 (including processing fee) with the option of subscribing to the update service which is currently £13 per year. For more information on your DBS application please click here.

If you choose the option to travel to Wichita to study you will need to pay for your flights and accommodation and living expenses whilst there, estimated costs (2017/18) are outlined below:

Estimated return flight from Birmingham International Airport - £750 Estimated accommodation costs - £1,500 Estimated living costs - £1,200