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

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

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2015, the programme offers the opportunity to become part of a long-standing heritage in training teachers since 1847. The university provides the 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. The university works closely with partner schools, where students often gain their first teaching posts, and mentors provide excellent guidance. The student satisfaction ratings sit at 100% and 99% (NSS 2014, 2015) and the university boasts 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 used changes in line with what schools are using so you will graduate with up-to-date skills.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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.

Courses Included:

  • School Experience One
  • Foundation Subjects One
  • Professional Studies One
  • English One
  • Mathematics One

                                                            English Language Requirements

                                                            You need the following IELTS score:

                                                            • Minimum required score:


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                                                            Academic Requirements

                                                            • 120 tariff points
                                                            • BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.
                                                            • Grade C in GCSE English, Mathematics and a Science subject (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. 

                                                            Technological Requirements

                                                            Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure.

                                                            Tuition Fee

                                                            • International Applies to you

                                                              13500 GBP/year
                                                              Tuition Fee
                                                              Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
                                                            • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                              9250 GBP/year
                                                              Tuition Fee
                                                              Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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                                                            Living costs for Cheltenham

                                                            • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
                                                              Living Costs

                                                            The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


                                                            • No upfront tuition fees. You won’t have to pay any fees while you are studying; you can apply for a student tuition fee loan to cover the fees. This will be paid directly to the university.
                                                            • You can also apply for a student maintenance loan to help towards your living costs up to £8,200 if you live away from home to study and up to £6,904 if you stay at home.
                                                            • Additional non-repayable grants may be available for students with dependents and for students with disabilities.
                                                            • Living cost loans and grants will be paid to students in three equal instalments over the academic year – one at the beginning of each term.
                                                            • You will only start to repay the loan after you have graduated and are in employment and earning over £21,000. You will repay 9% of your income above £21,000. For example if you earn £25,000 you would repay £30 a month. (i.e. 9% of £4,000/12 months).

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