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Entry 2020

Please note that entry requirements for oth Year 1 and advanced entry (Years 2 & 3) to this course are still being finalised. Check back later, or call us to find out more.

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Overview

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education enables students to complete a four year Honours degree in Mathematics together with the teaching qualification required to teach Mathematics in secondary schools.

The course will allow you to develop a range of transferable skills as well as Honours-level knowledge and skills in Mathematics and Statistics combined with attaining the General Teaching Council for Scotland's (GTCS) Standard for Provisional Registration. When you graduate you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with GTCS, and entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme as secondary school teachers of Mathematics. Teachers of Mathematics would also be fully equipped to deliver material in Statistics at secondary school level. The degree prepares you for teaching Mathematics and Statistics to advanced/ senior school level (eg. up to SQA Advanced Higher level).

The BSc will provide you with a broad and balanced understanding of key areas of Mathematics and Statistics, with options to individualise your degree in Years 1 & 3.

The study of Education is introduced in Year 3 with the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a professional setting through high school experience placements in Year 4.

Mathematician & Educationalist

The course prepares you to be both a Mathematician and and an Educational Practitioner.

You will be taught the fundamentals of Mathematics and Statistics as a core science and computer laboratory sessions develop practical and communication skills. Across the four years of the course, increasingly complex understanding of Mathematics and Statistics, viz. Algebra, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, is developed.

In year one, you will also have the option to study modules in other areas such as Chemistry, Biology, or Physics to allow you to interact with peers in other related disciplines.

The study of Education is introduced in year three with a focus on key educational issues, cross-cutting curricular themes, contexts for learning and professional values. Knowledge and understanding of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of secondary Mathematics, and the skills and abilities to implement effective teaching and learning, are developed in year four, through campus teaching and school experience placements.

96%

of all UWS students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating

HESA performance indicator 2016/17

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated entry

Direct entry to Year 2 (with an appropriate HNC) may be possible.

Additional Information

Applicants are strongly advised to visit the Teaching in Scotland website for full information on what is required to become a teacher in Scotland.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC (102 UCAS Tariff points) including Mathematics, plus 1 more science subject, plus either SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above) / SQA Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above) / SQA Standard Grade (Credit) in English, or equivalent ***
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points) including Mathematics, plus GCSE English and 1 other GCSE science subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Mathematics and 1 other science subject
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: relevant subject (for SQA HNC must include SQA Higher National Unit: Engineering Mathematics 1 (H7K0 33), or equivalent
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Maths and 1 other science subject
  • SWAP: Access to STEM

Important Information

***All applicants should be aware that before progressing to Year 3, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. English at SCQF Level 6 (e.g. SQA Higher), or equivalent
  2. Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (e.g. SQA National 5, SQA Standard Grade (Credit - Grade 1 or 2), SQA Intermediate 2, or equivalent
  3. Successful interview with School of Education & Social Sciences
  4. Students who are offered the opportunity to progress to Year 3 of this programme must apply for and obtain membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme before enrolment

 

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Mathematics, plus either SQA National 5 (Grade C, or above) / SQA Intermediate 2 (Grade C, or above) / SQA Standard Grade (Grade 2 or above) in English, or equivalent (see below)
  • A levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Mathematics, plus GCSE English (Grade C, or above)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points including Maths and one other science subject
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: relevant subject and for SQA HNDs must include the following units: Engineering Mathematics 2 and Engineering Mathematics 3, or equivalent
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM*
  • Scottish Baccalaureate: Science*

Advanced entry to Year 2 will be dependent on subjects studied and grade of award and be at the discretion of the course leader.

IMportant Information

All applicants should be aware that before progressing to Year 3, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. English at SCQF Level 6 (e.g. SQA Higher), or equivalent
  2. Mathematics at SCQF Level 5 (e.g. SQA National 5, SQA Standard Grade (Credit - Grade 1 or 2), SQA Intermediate 2, or equivalent
  3. Successful interview with School of Education & Social Sciences
  4. Students who are offered the opportunity to progress to Year 3 of this programme must apply for and obtain membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme before enrolment

 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course Details

In Year 1 you will study core modules in Mathematics and Statistics, and an option module in another science of your choosing.

In Year 2, you will study more advanced core modules in Mathematics and Statistics which follow from those studied in Year 1.

In Year 3, alongside specialist core and option modules in Mathematics and Statistics, the study of Education is introduced with a focus on key educational issues, cross-cutting curricular themes, contexts for learning and professional values.

Knowledge and understanding of advanced Mathematics, alongside curriculum, pedagogy and assessment of Mathematics, and the skills and abilities to implement effective teaching and learning, are developed in Year 4, through campus teaching and school experience placements.

Course Structure

Career Prospects & Further Study options

The course will allow you to develop Honours-level knowledge and skills in Mathematics and Statistics. You will also be eligible to apply for provisional registration with GTCS, and entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme as secondary school teachers of Mathematics and Statistics.

Further Study

The GTCS Standard for Provisional Registration is part of a suite of educational professional standards published in 2012. Individuals obtaining Provisional Registration aim to progress to Full Registration and are then expected to continue to develop their expertise through appropriate and sustained career long professional learning. The suite of professional standards may be used to guide this learning and includes, for example, the Standards for Leadership and Management. Non-award-bearing courses have always formed an important part of professional development and update for teachers, but many opportunities exist at Masters level and above in subjects and areas relevant to schools and the wider world of education.

Honours graduates may choose to pursue further study of Mathematics and/or Statistics through Masters or Doctoral programmes at this or other universities.

UNDERGRADUATE TUITION FEES

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£12,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

ADDITIONAL COSTS & SOURCES OF FUNDING

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

TUITION FEES & ADDITIONAL COSTS

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

FUNDING FOR SCOTTISH STUDENTS

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

FUNDING FOR ENGLISH, WELSH & NORTHERN IRISH STUDENTS

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

FUNDING FOR EU STUDENTS

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

FUNDING FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

DISCRETIONARY & CHILDCARE FUNDS

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

BENEFITS & TAX CREDITS

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

MONEY & DEBT ADVICE

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The on-time application deadline for 2020/21 entry is 15 January 2020, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2020, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Get in touch

Do you have a question about applying for this course? Get in touch. We are here to help!

We will always try to make sure that we publish accurate course information but we do not accept responsibility for any mistakes or omissions. We will also try to make sure that we deliver our courses in line with our published information. However, we may not always be able to do so and you can find further information about this in our enrolment terms and conditions.