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Marjon launches the UK’s only undergraduate combined Science and Maths teacher training course

Released: 07.10.21

Plymouth Marjon University have announced the launch of their BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS) course, starting in September 2022. It enables students who do not yet have an undergraduate degree to earn Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in three years.

Graduates of BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS) will be in high demand due to the current national shortage of science and maths teachers. It is anticipated that the course will be popular because Marjon is long established in the field of teacher training, ranking 2nd in the UK for Education in The Complete University Guide 2022.

The new BEd course is the only undergraduate combined route into teaching maths and science in secondary education in England. Most existing routes into maths and science teaching are through postgraduate courses, for which trainees must already hold a relevant degree.

The new course comes in response to the UK government’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy which seeks to expand routes into teaching and increase the number of people training to teach these shortage subjects.

Bachelor of Education degrees (BEd) are the fastest route into teaching. Trainees gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) within three years enabling them to teach as soon as they graduate. This enables them to begin their teaching career immediately, and draw on a broad experience in range of schools.

BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS) offers great hands-on learning opportunities for students. Trainees will practise in a ‘real-life’ environment as Marjon have specialist education rooms, including a maths room and a teacher training science lab.

Secondary Education Course Leader, Julie Stevens, said: “The BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Science and Maths builds on Marjon's rich heritage of preparing the next generation of teachers.

“This combination of subjects will meet the needs of schools locally and nationally, and our trainees will readily gain employment once they qualify.”

Rebekah James, a trainee on PGCE Secondary Education with Physics, said: “Marjon have great facilities, including modern science labs - which you don’t get in many universities. I have access to everything I need to complete the degree well, and there is so much support.

“I chose to study at Marjon because it is one of the best rated unis in the country by students. People really care, it is one big family, and you wouldn’t get that anywhere else.”

To find out more about studying BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS), and to see for yourself why Marjon recently ranked No. 1 uni in England for teaching quality The Good University Guide 2022, book on to the next Open Day.

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