Mathematics with Secondary Education (QTS) - BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Do you like maths and working with young people? Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Mathematics with Secondary Education is a three-year programme leading to an honours degree and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

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For graduate prospects, Mathematics at Kent was ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2021.

Mathematics with Secondary Education (QTS) is part of an exciting collaboration between Kent and the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

You can specialise in mathematics and statistics while developing as a creative and reflective teacher at secondary level.

Our degree programme

You spend Year 1 studying alongside students on the BSc Mathematics programme at the University of Kent. We offer small group tutorials to help you with the transition from school to university-level maths.

In Year 2, you attend the compulsory Mathematics Education module at Canterbury Christ Church. In addition, you continue studying a range of mathematics modules at Kent.

During Year 3, most of your modules take place at Christ Church. But you also have the opportunity to undertake a project related to mathematics teaching at the University of Kent during the spring term.

Please refer to the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more information about the structure of this programme.

Study resources

You have access to professional mathematical and statistical software such as Maple and R.

Through Kent’s Templeman Library you also have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format.

Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your academic and professional development throughout your studies. You can also receive academic peer mentoring in your second year.

Extra activities

There are a number of student-led societies at Kent which you may want to join, for instance, the Kent Maths Society.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. 

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

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    A level

    A typical offer would be 104-112 UCAS Tariff points.

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

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    GCSE

    English Language, Mathematics and Science all at grade C or above (or acceptable equivalents) 

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    Access to HE Diploma

    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

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    International Baccalaureate

    24 points overall

International students

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country. 

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.

Meet our staff in your country

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme. 

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time

The course structure below is indicative and based on the current curriculum. It may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

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

In Year 2, in addition to a compulsory Mathematics Education module at Canterbury Christ Church and associated school experience, students 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, students undertake a project related to mathematics teaching at the University of Kent during the spring term.

Please refer to the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more information about the structure of this programme.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

Please refer to the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more information about funding for this programme.

Teaching and assessment

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.

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

Contact Hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

Please refer to the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more information about Learning and Teaching methods for this programme.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

Independent rankings

Mathematics at Kent scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

For graduate prospects, Mathematics at Kent was ranked 3rd in The Complete University Guide 2021, and scored over 89% in The Times Good University Guide 2020 and 87% in The Guardian University Guide 2020.

Over 95% of Mathematics and Statistics graduates who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations were in work or further study within six months (DLHE, 2017).

Careers

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are qualified to work in secondary schools across the country.

Help finding a job

The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

You can also attend workshops, CV clinics, mock assessment centres, alumni talks and careers events organised by the School’s dedicated Employability Officer.

Work experience

You gain some associated school experience during your second year of study in a partnership school in Kent. In your final year, you gain more substantial experience in a number of different secondary schools. You are assigned an experienced teacher from the school as a mentor during your placements.

Career-enhancing skills

Our graduates develop substantial transferable skills that are valued in a range of professions.

These skills include:

  • planning and organisation
  • the ability to present complex knowledge to a non-specialist audience
  • communication and presentation
  • teamwork.

You can also gain extra skills by signing up for our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.

Professional recognition

After successful completion of your degree, Canterbury Christ Church University will recommend to the Department for Education that you should be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You also need to pass the National Skills tests in English, Mathematics and ICT

Apply for Mathematics with Secondary Education (QTS) - BSc (Hons)

Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. If you need help or advice on your application, you should speak with your careers advisor or contact UCAS Customer Contact Centre. You can also write to UCAS at:

UCAS Customer Contact Centre,
PO Box 28,
Cheltenham
GL52 3LZ

When you are applying for Mathematics and Secondary Education (G1X1), please apply to Canterbury Christ Church University, UCAS institution code C10, and do not use the Kent institution code (K24).

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

Please refer to the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more information about how to apply for this programme.

Contact us

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United Kingdom/EU enquiries

T: +44 (0)1227 782900

E: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk

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International student enquiries

Enquire online

T: +44 (0)1227 823254
E: internationalstudent@kent.ac.uk

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