Primary - general (maths) (KS1/KS2, ages 5-11) (BEd Hons)

Female primary teacher in the classroom

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2015, you will graduate as a qualified teacher able to become a maths leader.

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Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

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Male work placement with child with disabilities

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015, our programme offers the opportunity to become part of a long-standing heritage in training teachers since 1847. We provide our students with exceptional support, specialist subject expertise and a network of over 400 schools for first-rate placement opportunities. You will graduate as a fully-qualified teacher with the skills to be outstanding in your career. 

You will make a difference to young people, supporting children with individual and diverse needs as well as developing good practice in promoting positive behaviour. Choosing to study the maths pathway means training to teach children aged 5 to 11 years with a focus on developing your skills as a maths teacher in your second and third years through modules and school-based experience.  Alongside your maths specialism, you will learn to teach the full range of primary curriculum subjects, specialising in a second foundation subject (history, art, geography, religious education, physical education (PE), computing or primary languages). This will equip you to pursue a role as a subject leader in your future teaching career.  

School placements are a core part of this course. A large proportion of our partner schools are graded Ofsted ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’. This means you will benefit from working alongside teachers of exceptionally high standard. 

The university is a strategic partner for the GLOWMaths Hub, one of 35 UK-based hubs. The programme connects mathematics education professionals to develop and spread excellent practice.  You will have the opportunity to get involved including working to enrich the curriculum and improve arithmetical proficiency. Students have also been gaining insights into best international practice, including the England-China project, where teachers from Shanghai have been working alongside local schools to develop mathematics teaching.

Your final year brings together the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) in your teaching. Particular attention will be given to developing your ability to plan creative learning opportunities and to tailor teaching to meet individual needs.

You will be supported by a university-based personal tutor and a school-based placement mentor. We work closely with our partner schools, where our students often gain their first teaching posts, and our mentors provide excellent guidance. Our student satisfaction ratings sit at 100% and 99% (NSS 2014, 2015) and we boast high graduate employment rates.

Benefit from excellent workshop and IT facilities including interactive whiteboards, laptops, ipads and digital cameras.  You will use industry hardware and software, as used in schools, such as SMART, Prometheum World and Scratch. The software we use changes in line with what schools are using so you will graduate with up-to-date skills.

Study style

Lectures and workshops focus on subject-matter and teaching strategies and you will also be required to select maths for dissertation study in your final year.

Alongside work placements and lectures, you will develop skills through work field trips and off-campus activities. For example, our students work at Cheltenham Literature Festival, delivering the Waterstones toddler story time sessions for children under five. Our Park campus hosts The Wildlife Trusts’ exciting annual Bioblitz science event where our students gain experience doing hands-on field research and analysis with children. For creative lesson planning, we take regular trips to local destinations such as Kingsholm Rugby Stadium and Gloucester Cathedral as well as attending national conferences to share best practice.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Science and A* or A in Mathematics is required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

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Single Honours - 3 years full-timeF2M1


  • Primary school teacher
  • Maths Specialist leader
  • Specialist in special needs teaching
  • Work in multi-agency teams for children's welfare

Industry links

You will spend a minimum of 24 weeks in a school or early years setting, starting from the second week of the course. Our network of over 400 schools based in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Bristol, Wales and Swindon means you will have a range of placement experiences, from small village to big city schools and including special educational needs (SEN) settings.   School placements are structured progressively – you will begin in groups then pairs and, when your confidence and skills have developed, you will be supported to work as an independent teacher. A large proportion of our partner schools are graded Ofsted Good or Outstanding. This means you will develop your skills to a high standard. 

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Rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted

Study for a degree that's rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. This is reflected in how our students are trained and supported throughout the course.

Experience a variety of schools

Because of our outstanding reputation, we partner with 250 schools in village and urban locations. You'll have the opportunity to work in schools for children with special educational needs and engage with students who speak English as a second language. As a maths specialist you will also undertake specific school-based tasks related to the teaching and learning of maths.

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Benefit from strategic partners

We are very fortunate to be involved as Strategic Partners with the GLOW Maths Hub, one of 32 MATHS Hubs across the country. This year teachers from Shanghai visited the university to give demonstrations to student teachers about why China has world-beating test scores in maths.

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