BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11 - 16) and Mathematics with QTS

Our BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and Mathematics combines a firm grounding in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, numerical analysis and educational theory with practical teaching skills. It offers a fast-track route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a rewarding career teaching in secondary education.

Secondary Education (11 - 16) and Mathematics with QTS

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



3 years


The University of Bolton

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:


Course Details

There is a national shortage of mathematics teachers*. Our BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and Mathematics course is a three-year programme, leading to an honours degree and a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It offers you a firm grounding in pure and applied mathematics, the skills needed to solve mathematical problems arising in real-life, and practical teaching skills that are grounded in theory. It’s ideal if you are looking to teach mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16).

During the first year of the course, our dedicated tutors will support you to consolidate and develop your knowledge of mathematics beyond A-level. You’ll also have the opportunity to gain valuable preparatory knowledge and understanding of your role as a teacher in secondary education and complete a short placement in one of our partner schools. In the second year, you’ll focus on deepening your knowledge and understanding of mathematics and begin to develop your teaching skills via further school-based experience. You’ll begin gathering evidence towards the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards so that we can monitor your progress towards your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

At honours-level, you’ll explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We’ll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, and encourage you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students’ performances and provide constructive feedback. Our supportive tutors and subject specialist school mentors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive mathematics teacher with high standards of professionalism, and fulfil the requirements for your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

* accessed on 24 November 2020

  • This programme offers you the opportunity to gain both an honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) after just three years of study.
  • We’ll support you to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 (age 11-16) and gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Work-based learning through a teaching placement is an essential part of the course and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 120 days experience planning and delivering learning in schools.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated education team possess a wealth of experience in teacher training.
  • Our Education courses are ranked top in the North West of England for teaching quality and student experience by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 so you can be assured that we offer high standards of tuition and pastoral care.
Key Features
  • You’ll have the chance to explore areas of mathematics such as algebra, calculus, statistics, probability, mathematical models, the use of mathematical software, algorithms and structured programming.
  • You don’t need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education.
  • The University of Bolton is one of the largest providers of teacher training for further and higher education in the UK, sitting at the heart of an extensive network of educational partners.
  • The Mathematics department is relatively small, friendly and able to offer enthusiastic teaching and support throughout your studies.
Professional recognition

On successful completion of the BSc (Hons) Secondary Education and Mathematics degree, you’ll receive a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. QTS can only be granted by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE).

The University of Bolton will inform the DfE once you have successfully completed all areas of study and are eligible to receive the award of QTS. On our recommendation, the DfE will award QTS automatically and you will not need to undertake further tests or study to obtain QTS.

Please note that 'recommendation with QTS' will not be stated on your degree certificate.

  • 104 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects must include mathematics; for instance, A-level Mathematics or IMA Polymaths Certificate (with a score of at least 900 out of 1200 points).
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics. Please contact us for a list of acceptable GCSE equivalents.
  • If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, please consider our Polymaths course.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • You’ll need to satisfactorily pass a fitness to practice assessment.
  • This course involves working unsupervised with children and/or vulnerable young people and adults and you must gain an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting your studies. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • You'll need to provide satisfactory references, a satisfactory health declaration and a satisfactory student agreement prior to enrolment on the course.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 394.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The University of Bolton’s BSc (Hons) Secondary Education (11-16) and Mathematics degree is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in teaching mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11-16). The course offers a grounding in mathematics and examines how this can support a career in education and school-based experience.

During this course, you'll have the opportunity to develop a high level of mathematical knowledge and skill, and gain transferable skills such as planning, time management, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, analytical and modelling skills, research and self-discipline.

What can I do with this qualification?

This degree offers you an exciting opportunity to turn your passion for mathematics into a career in teaching. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well equipped with both the subject knowledge and the necessary pedagogical skills for teaching mathematics in secondary schools.

Some of the typical employers for teachers include state-maintained schools, where your employer will often be the local authority. However, you may be employed directly by the school; for example, if you're working for an academy or free school. Graduates working in independent schools or colleges are also employed directly by the institution.

Alternatively, after graduation, you may wish to take a master’s degree in education or a related social science to develop your understanding of the theory, research and policy of education.

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25
International Year of study Total
Entry year2021/222022/232023/242024/25

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021/2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021/2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

We take a blended approach to teaching and learning, using a combination of face-to-face sessions, electronic resources and communications, and school-based experience. You can expect timetabled lectures, along with tutorials and problem classes, seminars where we’ll encourage you to present your ideas, and meetings with your personal tutor. Guided independent study and self-directed learning are equally essential to your success; for instance, library research and background reading, preparing for practical activities and working on projects. As you progress you’ll be expected to demonstrate the ability to study independently and manage your own study.

Personal tutoring will help to support you throughout the course. We endeavour to be available and approachable, and encourage you to talk with us informally whenever you need support or guidance.

Formal assessment will be by examination, timed in-class tests, assignments, presentations, dissertation and oral viva. Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. You’ll be expected to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You’ll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading.

We’ll arrange school placements for you that will support you in meeting the requirements to become a qualified teacher in the secondary education sector. During your placement, your teaching practice will be assessed according to the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training, and the Professional Standards for Teachers set by the Department for Education (DfE) and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. You’ll receive informal feedback on your performance, to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course. Your recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status will be made when you have met all of the Teachers’ Standards.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Abstract Algebra
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  • Algorithms and Structured Programming
  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning, Inclusion and Behaviour
  • Vector Calculus
  • Dynamics
  • Further Mathematical Methods
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Algebra
  • Real Analysis
  • Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Sector
  • Creative Approaches to Curriculum Delivery
  • Independent Research Project: Secondary Sector Data and its uses in Teaching Mathematics
  • Developing Professional Practice and Promoting Wellbeing
  • Curriculum Development and Professionalism in Secondary Education
  • Secondary School Placement
  • Secondary QTS Mathematics
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 55%, Practical exams 17%, Written exams 28%
Level twoCoursework 60%, Written exams 40%
Level threeCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 62%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 35%
Level twoGuided independent study 62%, Placement/study abroad 13%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%
Level threeGuided independent study 33%, Placement/study abroad 47%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Joanne Hornby
Programme Co-leader, Education

+44 (0)1204 903342

Michael Butler
Programme Co-leader, Mathematics

+44 (0)1204 903634

Initial Teacher Training and Qualified Teacher Status Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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