Mathematics with Secondary Education

BSc single honours Mathematics with Secondary Education Leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

The Mathematics with Secondary Education (QTS) course is a three year course, leading to an honours degree and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Qualified Teacher Status is subject to the student achieving the Government Standards for the award of QTS and having passed the National Skills tests in English and Mathematics, and meeting any other Government requirements that may be in force.

Students are trained to teach mathematics at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 (11-18 years), while at the same time studying mathematics, with the course being delivered jointly by the Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Kent and the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. You can specialise in mathematics and statistics while at the same time being prepared to be a creative, reflective and flexible professional with a deep understanding of learning and teaching.

Year 1 is spent studying alongside students on the BSc Mathematics course at the University of Kent.

In Year 2, in addition to a compulsory Mathematics Education module at Canterbury Christ Church University and associated school experience, you will continue to study a range of mathematics modules alongside BSc Mathematics students at the University of Kent.

In Year 3, the Professional year, study is alongside PGCE students at Canterbury Christ Church, as well as school experience. As some school experience will have been undertaken in Year 2, you are given time to undertake a project related to mathematics teaching at the University of Kent during the spring term.

Teaching methods are varied, with a particular emphasis on student participation and active learning. Work in school is overseen by a mentor (an experienced teacher in the school) who liaises with a Link Tutor from the University.

Please note that as students are taught at the University of Kent in Year 1, they are not entitled to Canterbury Christ Church University accommodation. Instead, accommodation should be sought from the University of Kent.

This course is aimed at students wishing to qualify as a teacher of mathematics in three years. Students qualifying as teachers are very successful in gaining employment in Kent and the rest of England.

The use of a range of learning and teaching strategies is a central component of the design and planning of the course.

The learning that you experience in the University and in schools needs to model explicitly and implicitly key aspects of subject and phase-specific pedagogy. To this end, there is an emphasis on:

  • individual and collaborative learning
  • the use of a range of ways of engaging you in critical debate and discussion
  • practical, creative and active learning, through a multi-sensory approach;
  • consideration of the range of learners’ needs
  • the appropriate use of information and communication technologies
  • the use of technology-enhanced learning and blended learning
  • independent and directed learning tasks
  • teaching which draws upon local, national and international perspectives
  • critical review of resources
  • a strong and continual focus on professional and personal reflection
  • the use of a range of methods to assist you in auditing your own knowledge, skills and understanding

During the course you will spend a significant amount of time learning to teach in schools and other education settings, which may be both local and international. You will have a range of contrasting experiences of teaching in terms of age groups, type, size and location.

You will be assessed for the award of your academic qualification through your assignments and through your teaching in school. You will submit assignments for all of the taught modules. Most modules carry 20 credits and the assessment will include a wide range of tasks including written essays and assignments, examinations, oral presentations, action research tasks and portfolios of evidence of your learning.

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UCAS code

  • G1X1


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    An A2 level at grade A in Mathematics is required. GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science at grade C or above (or acceptable equivalents) are also required. More entry requirement details.





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