Mathematics with Secondary Education

BSc single honours Mathematics with Secondary Education 2018/19

Year of entry

Leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

If you have a love of mathematics and a passion for teaching and working with young people, this course combines the two, developing your teaching skills alongside your mathematical studies.

You will draw on expertise of two universities; the University of Kent for your mathematics and Canterbury Christ Church University for your mathematics education and teaching studies. You therefore benefit by studying at two universities within close proximity of each other in Canterbury and by having access to both universities’ extensive resources.

You will explore areas including:

  • mathematics and statistics
  • mathematics learner and teacher
  • mathematics curriculum studies
  • professional studies.

Students are qualified to teach secondary mathematics within 3 years (rather than the 4 years taken if you study for a first degree in mathematics and then qualify to teach in the fourth year.

If you have a love of mathematics and a passion for teaching and working with young people, this course combines the two, developing your teaching skills alongside your mathematical studies. The course enables you to gain an honours degree and to qualify to teach secondary mathematics 11-18 years (Key Stages 3, 4 and 5) within three years. This course draws from the expertise of two Universities: the University of Kent for your mathematics studies and Canterbury Christ Church

University for your mathematics education and teaching modules. You therefore benefit by studying at two Universities within close proximity of each other in Canterbury and by having access to both Universities’ facilities throughout your studies.

Canterbury Christ Church University will recommend to the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Leadership that successful students be awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

Year one is based at University of Kent where you study alongside other mathematics undergraduate students and therefore a place in halls of residence can be sought there. Year two is again mainly based at University of Kent with some time at Canterbury Christ Church University and Year three is based at Canterbury Christ Church University studying alongside other secondary mathematics student teachers.

93% overall student satisfaction for School of Mathematics courses at University of Kent

(NSS, 2015)
This course is perfect for you if you would like to train to teach Mathematics in the secondary school age range. On successful completion of the course you will be recommended for qualified teacher status (QTS) and will not have to undertake any further training in order to teach in schools.

In your first year, you study year one undergraduate mathematics modules. In year two you study mathematics modules alongside mathematics education studies, which includes time in school supporting mathematics lessons as a Teaching Assistant and a four week placement in a mathematics department. In year three your focus concentrates on how to teach mathematics with two contrasting school placements to help you to develop your teaching skills. In addition, you will complete a mathematics dissertation developing your own subject knowledge.

Work experience

You will gain work experience in year 2 and year 3 and therefore gain a good understanding of a range of different secondary schools.

The Code of Student Professional Conduct is relevant to you as you are pursuing a course that leads to a professional qualification

You will be expected at all times to demonstrate that you understand and uphold the professional code of conduct. This code of conduct is outlined in the Teaching Standards as published by the Department for Education.

This is the only joint programme in the country for BSc Mathematics with Secondary Education, which combines the benefits of studying at a top 10 university for Maths (University of Kent) with learning to teach at a high quality provider of teacher education (CCCU).

‘I love teaching new maths teachers, but I particularly enjoy working on this programme. I never cease to be amazed by the way in which our undergraduates manage to combine brilliant subject knowledge with a passion for teaching, and our alumni have gone on to make huge contributions to local schools, including taking up posts as head of department. Maths teachers are like gold dust anyway, and our schools look out for the BSc students in particular.’
Carolyn Hume

Year 1

In the first year you will study the following core modules at the University of Kent:


This module will introduce the student to the basic concepts of statistics.

Calculus and Mathematics Modelling

In the first part of the course we take a calculus approach to mathematical analysis and provide rigorous proofs of various fundamental results in classical analysis. In the second part the calculus techniques are used to solve differential and difference equations; numerous applications are discussed.

Proofs and Numbers

Numbers and proofs are central notions in modern mathematics that have found applications in many other sciences, but also in our everyday life.  In this course you will be introduced to some of the fundamental results in number theory, and gain an appreciation of the concept of proof in mathematics.

Matrices and Probability

This module consists of two parts (a) Probability and (b) Matrices.
The first part introduces the main concepts in elementary probability theory, and lays the foundations for the Statistics module MA306 which follows, and the more advanced treatment in modules MA529 (Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science) and MA629 (Probability and Inference) in the second year. The second part serves as an introduction to matrix algebra and the ideas of linear spaces starting with the systematic solution of systems of linear equations.

Exploring Mathematics

This module introduces you to modern means of exploring mathematics: powerful software tools for symbolic and numerical computing, relevant key skills for presenting mathematical results, and the de-facto standard language for typesetting mathematical texts. The module contains three research-led projects in experimental mathematics. In this module, you will see Mathematics that you would not see anywhere else!

From Geometry to Algebra

The concept of symmetry is one of the most fruitful ideas through which mankind has tried to understand order and beauty in nature and art. This course first develops the concept of symmetry in geometry. It subsequently discusses links with the fundamental notion of a group in algebra.

Year 2

In the second year you will study the mathematics modules at University of Kent and the mathematics education modules at Canterbury Christ Church University. The core modules you will study are:


The concept of a limit is basic to Calculus and, unless this concept is defined precisely, uncertainties and paradoxes will creep into the subject. Based on the foundation of the real number system, this module develops the theory of convergence of sequences and series and the study of continuity and differentiability of functions. The notion of Riemann integration is also explored.

Linear Algebra

This module is a sequel to First Year Algebra. It considers the abstract theory of Linear spaces together with applications to matrix algebra and other areas of Mathematics (and its applications).

Mathematics Learner and Teacher

An introduction to teaching mathematics at secondary level that is assessed via an assignment and written journal.

Introduction to Professional Placement

This module encompasses the two placements completed during Year 2 - one in the role of Teaching Assistant and the other enabling you to teach some classes. It is assessed through a Record Of Development.

During the second year there are also a number of optional modules that are likely to be available at the University of Kent. These may include:

  • Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations
  • Regression Models
  • Linear Programming and its Application
  • Number Theory
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Groups and Rings
  • Functions of Several Variables
  • Probability and Inference

Year 3

During this year you will study the following core modules at Canterbury Christ Church University:

Individual Project In Mathematics

A dissertation researching into an area of mathematics of your own choice that is negotiated with the support of your tutor.

Curriculum Studies: Mathematics

This module equips you to teach mathematics and considers all key aspects of mathematics pedagogy. It is assessed through an assignment and journal review that are equally weighted.

Professional Placement (1)

This module is based on your first school placement and is assessed via coursework comprising of a Record of Development.

Professional Placement (2)

This module encompasses your final school placement.

Professional Studies

The focus of this module is teaching and learning and it considers generic issues such as how children learn and behaviour for learning. It is assessed via a portfolio of work and an assignment that are equally weighted.

We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

The vast majority of our students go into employment as qualified teachers following completing the course. There are a number of study options available to former students of this course at Canterbury Christ Church University during the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year and beyond, which lead to Masters degrees in Education.

‘Choosing to study BSc Secondary Mathematics with QTS was a great decision for me as I was sure that teaching mathematics was the career path I wanted to choose. This course gave me the opportunity to develop my mathematical skills further and to receive the teaching support I needed to be confident to deliver successfully in the classroom. I received excellent support through tutors at the University and also through mentors located at the schools I was placed in. I have recently been successful in completing my NQT year and have also been promoted to Pupil Premium Coordinator for Mathematics. The BSc course gave me amazing opportunities and I feel that I have benefitted greatly from the in-depth content of the course.’
Alice Crane


The 2018/19 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £11,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Different modules in each year are delivered in different ways through a balanced combination of lectures, seminars, placements in school, self-study time and tutorials. Normally a 20 credit module carries a study time of 200 hours. 50- 60 hours of this is completed via university contact days or directed tasks completed at home. The remaining 140-160 hours per 20 credit module consists of self-directed self-study that is completed in your own time.

Academic input

The senior lecturers who deliver the different elements of the course are very experienced and draw on their complementary expertise in mathematics, mathematics education and general education. For example, the senior lecturers who deliver the mathematics education modules all have extensive experience teaching mathematics in a variety of different secondary schools and have held a range of different roles and responsibilities in secondary schools. Secondary mathematics teachers also provide guidance and support as mentors whilst students are on placement in schools.

Surprising terms

You will need to pass all school based placement modules in order to be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.

You should also be aware that this course is subject to special regulations.

There are different methods of assessment used throughout the course, which include examinations and coursework. All placement modules are assessed via formal observation of teaching and assessment of a portfolio of evidence.

Canterbury Christ Church University will recommend to the Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Leadership that successful students be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Students have the ability to use all the facilities of both Universities throughout the course and are treated as students of both institutions.

Placements are provided by partnership schools in and around Kent and Medway.

All our tutors are extensively networked with relevant mathematics organisations, such as the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • G1X1 Mathematics with Secondary Education

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 112 UCAS Tariff points.

    An A2 level at grade A in Mathematics is required. GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or acceptable equivalents) are also required.

    You are required to undertake and pass Professional Skills Tests set by DfE in Literacy and Numeracy.

    More entry requirement details.



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