BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics with Science with QTS

Have you always wanted to teach but don’t have a degree? Are you enthusiastic about mathematics and science and want to share your enthusiasm with others? This secondary teacher training degree enables you to be a fully qualified teacher in two years.

This initial teacher education degree, which is unique in Wales, is an integrated university and secondary school based programme, with a focus on development of subject knowledge and the practical skills required to become an effective and innovative teacher. With a national shortage of secondary school teachers in mathematics and science, graduates can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. Schools need enthusiastic teachers who have a subject specialism, but who can also teach in other disciplines. By training in two subjects, employment prospects are excellent. 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
XG1C Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
XG1C Full-time 2 Years September Newport City C

Year One: Secondary Mathematics

  • Initial Professional Development 1
  • Major Mathematics 1
  • Minor Mathematics 1
  • Minor Science 1

Year Two: Secondary Mathematics

  • Initial Professional Development 2
  • Major Mathematics 2
  • Minor Mathematics 2
  • Minor Science 2
  • Applied Professional Project

The Initial Professional Development module is delivered in collaboration with outside speakers who are at the cutting edge of their field. In recent years, student teachers have benefited from a two day pupil health and well-being conference.  

 

Teaching

This teacher training degree is delivered through a combination of university-based study and school placements. 

The school-based element involves block practices where you work with school mentors, and university tutors to develop your teaching skills. 

At university you will undertake degree level study in your specialist subjects and initial professional development to introduce you to a range of current educational issues.  

This secondary teaching degree offers:

  • Qualified Teacher Status on completion
  • A relevant vocational degree that is embedded in classroom practice
  • Small student teacher groups, regular tutorials and a high level of pastoral care
  • Strong collaborative partnerships between the university and local secondary schools
  • Opportunity to undertake your final block school placement in a British International School
  • Delivery by a programme team who have a breadth of experience of working with student teachers in a range of contexts and settings
  • Access to excellent facilities 

Assessment

Assessment includes written coursework tasks, seminar presentations, projects and examinations. Practical teaching will be assessed each year in relation to the Professional Standards for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. In Wales, you do not have to take the National Skills tests to be recommended for the award of QTS.

Placements

Our trainee teachers have the opportunity to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities through collaboration with the Smallpeice Trust.

The school based element involves block practices where you work with school mentors and university tutors to develop your teaching skills. Careful consideration is given to the distinctive nature of education in Wales and Y Cwricwlwm Cymreig. If you are Welsh speaking, you also have the opportunity to undertake your school placement in a Welsh medium school. There is also an opportunity to undertake your final block school placement in a British International School.

Facilities

On campus, you can learn in an environment that fully prepares you for the world of work. We have a simulated classrooms, which provide our student teachers with authentic learning opportunities, allowing you to develop confidence for the workplace in realistic settings.

  • Successful completion of one year of higher education (120 HE credits at level 4) in a related subject. If your HE credits are not in a related subject, your application may still be considered if you hold Level 3 qualifications in a related subject.
  • Enhanced DBS check.
  • An interview is required for this course.
  • Successful completion of literacy and numeracy tests at interview.
  • Successful completion of the Certificate of Higher Education Introduction to Secondary Teaching course with 120 HE credits meets these entry requirements.

*If you wish to apply for the course and you currently hold GCSE C grades in Mathematics and/or English, you may apply to study the new B grade equivalence modules available at the university. Further information available at B grades at GCSE for English and Mathematics

Information for Applicants

This guidance will assist you as you prepare to apply for teaching courses at the University of South Wales.
More Information

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment): Scientific/Graphic Calculator and lab coat £35 - £100
Year 1
Field Trips £500 - £1500
Year 2 - Students can apply to undertake a placement in an international setting. Students are required to fund all costs associated with the international placement, including travel, accommodation and living expenses.
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Other: Travel to Placement *
Year 1 & 2. Cost is dependent on placement location. SEWCTET pay 10p per mile over and above travel to University

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

The national shortage of teachers of mathematics and science in secondary schools, ensures that graduates from this mathematics teaching degree
can expect good job prospects and rapid career progression. Your qualification will enable you to apply for your first teaching post in Wales or England, and after completing your induction year, you can apply worldwide.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.