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Course summary

OVERVIEW The BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education will provide you with both the extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in mathematics and statistics as well as professional skills through work-based learning to ensure you are fully equipped to meet the demands of being a Mathematics teacher in secondary (high) school. The overall aim of the course is to allow you to develop the knowledge and skills required to teach Mathematics at Secondary School level. You will study mathematics to Honours level, and will also develop your teaching skills in years 3 and 4 by taking modules in Education and practical teaching placements in a school. On successful completion of the course you will have met the Standard for Provisional Registration, and thus be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and entry to the Teacher Induction Scheme as a secondary school teacher of Mathematics. Your depth of knowledge across a broad range of topics will support the teaching of senior phase courses up to SQA Advanced Higher (or GCSE A-level) level. CAMPUS NOTE Please note that all the Mathematics modules are taught at Paisley Campus and the Education modules (in years 3 and 4) are taught at our Ayr Campus. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION The BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education is professionally recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). By successfully completing this course you will meet the Standard for Provisional Registration as a secondary school teacher of mathematics with science. CAREER PROSPECTS Jobs The course will allow you to develop Honours-level knowledge and skills in Mathematics and Statistics and prepares you to be both a Mathematician and and an Educational Practitioner. 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. The BSc Mathematics with Education will also prepare you for careers in finance, research, cyber security. 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 at MSc, MRes and PhD level.


In Year 1, you will study core modules in Mathematics and Statistics, and an optional module in another science of your choosing. In Year 2, you will further develop your understanding of more advanced core modules in Mathematics and Statistics. 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. In Year 4, 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.

Assessment method

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, computer laboratory sessions, and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: Written examinations / Coursework / Presentations

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Teaching Council for Scotland

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) in Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

UWS's English language requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: 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 such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Mathematics with Education at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS