Primary Education with Mathematics with QTS (BA (Hons))

Manchester Metropolitan University the United Kingdom

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BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Primary Education with Mathematics with QTS at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry



3 years, full time 

UCAS code(s)


Option to go on an international exchange

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £600

How are these costs calculated?

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

How are these costs calculated?

The University will organise your placements - we do not expect you to do this. Starting with the trainees term time postcode we match this with placement offers from schools. Trainees are expected to travel up to 1.5 hours each way from where they live and to arrive in their school 45 minutes before the school day commences. Travel by public transport may involve a number of changes e.g. train and bus. We take into consideration special circumstances such as, disabilities, cultural requirements and medical conditions. In addition, we match carefully to ensure a breadth of experience across different key stages. You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement. You may be able to claim back a contribution if you do not have a bursary or you have to travel over a specified distance set by the Faculty. You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.

Professional Costs

Compulsory Estimate: 0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - /

How are these costs calculated?

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /You may also need to budget for student membership of professional bodies.


Manchester Campus


Department of Primary Teacher Education

The Faculty of Education has a national reputation for training teachers which has been established over 100 years.

Successful completion of this three year, full-time degree course leads to *recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to work in the 3-11 age range with the explicit identification of Mathematics as a subject specialism. Mathematics is a national shortage subject and a stated government priority meaning that specialist teachers are in high demand.

Trainees gain experience at every key stage, ensuring they are prepared to teach any year group and that they understand how early years fits with key stages 1 and 2.

This element, together with the emphasis placed on practice placements, enhances future employability.  Training is structured progressively, developing student teachers who are critical and reflective thinkers and who use research to inform their practice.  We aim to develop confident teachers who will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusion.

Trainees will study all the main elements of the BA Primary Education programme (Core, Teaching Studies and Foundation subject units), together with four units (two each in years 2 and 3) focused entirely on mathematics. These will comprise of two distinct, but intertwining stands: personal subject knowledge and understanding of mathematics and teaching, learning and assessment in primary mathematics. 

All students have the voluntary, self-funded, option to study for the Catholic Teaching Certificate following QTS.

*We will inform the Department of Education (DfE) once our students are eligible for QTS. This will be awarded automatically on our recommendation - graduates do not need to undertake further tests or study.

BA (Hons) Primary Education is also offered at Manchester.



Your career prospects after the course

After graduating you could find yourself working in a range of educational roles and settings, such as early years, primary schools, secondary schools, learning support, inclusive eductation and special educational needs and management.

Mathematics is a national shortage subject with demand for specialist teachers.  We have established links with a thriving community of specialist mathematics teachers in primary schools through our Centre for STEM Education and MaST programme.

Graduates may choose to continue professional development to Masters or Doctorate level.  The Faculty of Education offers a full-time Masters programme, with awards in: Education Studies; Inclusive Education and Disability; Educational Leadership Management; Childhood and Youth and Education and Society (MRes).  In addition, there is a professional development programme of 23 part-time awards to Masters level, including MSc STEM Education.

The University's Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI) welcomes applications for Doctor of Education and MPhil.



In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

Study options for this course

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Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

Grades BBC are required at A2 excluding General Studies. National Curriculum subjects preferred. BTEC National Diploma grades DMM. CACHE Diploma grade B excluding CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator VRQ).

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics grade C or grade 4 and Science (we do not accept Human Biology) grade C must be achieved at point of application. Two additional GCSEs at Grade C are also required.

The following qualifications and subjects are not accepted: Adult numeracy and literacy, Functional Skills. Key Skills, Human Biology and Physiology.  GNVQ Science (unless this is at intermediate level and graded Merit or Distinction).

Please Note: If you are currently studying on an Access to HE Diploma we no longer accept Level 2 credits studied as part of your Access as equivalent to GCSE English Maths, English or Science.  You can, however, apply with GCSEs in the three core subjects pending, though these must be completed before the start of the course.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits at Distinction and 30 at Merit.

International Baccalaureate points

25 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

All trainee teachers are now required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to Initial Teacher Training courses are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.

The numeracy and literacy skills tests: 

  • cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism; 
  • do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement; 
  • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter; and
  • are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. 

All candidates must have passed the QTS skills tests before the 1st August in the year of starting their course. Preference will be given to candidates who have passed both tests prior to interview although support will be available to candidates who have still to complete them successfully. 

In addition, all candidates should provide clear evidence in their UCAS Personal Statement and interview of:

- A minimum of two weeks experience working with children of which at least one week must be within a school or other educational setting.  However, any additional work with children will enhance your application, e.g. Brownies, sports coaching etc.

- An ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written English.

- An informed and realistic understanding of the complexities and challenges of teaching in a Primary school.

- Personal qualities and abilities appropriate to becoming an effective teacher, including a strong motivation to teach young children, and an ability to express personal views with clarity and conviction.

All candidates must have evidence of study at level 3 or equivalent within the 3 years prior to application and must provide an academic reference.

A Disclosure and Barring Service Check and Occupational Health Screening are required for all students. This will be completed through the University prior to enrolment.

We welcome applications from mature students and career changers.

If selected for an interview candidates must attend in person.

This course only runs from our Manchester campus.

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