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BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS)

Become a specialist science and mathematics teacher at secondary level. Combine an honours degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) so you can begin your career immediately following the three year course.


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Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades BBC or above

Or BTEC triple grades DMM or above

And GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or grade C or above

Or T level M

A Maths and/or Science post 16 qualification

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and trainees. All trainees are expected to share this commitment and demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct.

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs (General Studies is excluded).

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UCAS institution code P63

Duration Three years full-time

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Contact Tara Godber, our Applicant Support Coordinator, if you have any questions. Email and Tara will get back to you.

Course Summary

This BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Sciences and Maths (with QTS) will provide you with a direct route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an opportunity to explore your favourite subject specialism in depth. In just three years you'll be ready to join the highly rewarding career of teaching as a science and maths teacher.

A recent poll of 14–18-year-olds by the British Science Association found that 59% are more tempted by careers in science than they were prior to the pandemic. Celebrity scientist Professor Brian Cox has predicted that the pandemic will create “a new generation of scientists”. Be part of this and help create the new generation of scientists and mathematicians ready to innovatively tackle the challenges of the future by becoming a teacher.

Throughout the course, you will engage in learning around our three key themes:

  1. The professional role of the developing teacher,
  2. Development of teaching and learning, and
  3. Curriculum and specialisms.

 You will learn to be a specialist science and maths teacher and will undertake research into a self-selected area of specialism. Your learning experiences will be varied, including the exploration of topics through lectures, practical workshops, seminars, school-based training, and fieldwork activities.

 You will develop a wide range of subject knowledge - including biological, physical, and chemical sciences and real-world maths - to help you to encourage all pupils to become engaged with and curious about the world around them. You'll gain knowledge of your pupils’ learning and development along with the professional attributes you'll need to become a great teacher. You'll develop a deep knowledge of your subject and the ability to pass your passion for sciences and maths to your pupils. Innovative and practical teaching practices will enable you to instil curiosity and teach the application of science and maths to your pupils, promoting a life-long love of learning.

Through practice-based modules conducted within a variety of school settings, you will learn and be able to observe education theory in action. By participating in a range of placements at our partnership schools and in other educational settings, trainees enjoy ample contact with qualified teachers and pupils.  During these modules, you will learn from expert practitioners and engage with current educational issues and debates

In parallel with in-depth studies of the latest pedagogical theories and policies, along with self-led independent research, you’ll also get the essential practice required to earn QTS.

Additionally, all BEd students can join the Primary Science Enhancement Award scheme (PSEA). The PSEA, developed by the Primary Science Teaching Trust, gives trainee teachers the opportunity to increase their understanding and experience of teaching and learning in primary science. In the recent pilot, it was found that trainees reported increased confidence to teach science, and a greater awareness of where to find support for this.


We've launched this new course at Marjon the BEd Secondary Education in Sciences and Maths after consultations with the Department for Education. The government is really moving towards having more undergraduate routes into teaching, and this feels that gap at Marjon we're in a really positive position because we already have a really successful undergraduate course leading to trainees becoming secondary PE teachers. This means that we know how to get our candidates excellent degrees and we know how to get them into employment that’s right for them. Another bonus is that the government have now started to offer bursaries. So for trainees on undergraduate courses with QTS that will lead to teaching physics and maths in the secondary schools, then you may be entitled to additional support. Marjon is an amazing place to study teacher education. It has 180 years of experience in this field and we have a huge number of collaborations with education partners across the South, West and beyond. Every single one of our lecturers is an expert. They have a huge wealth of experience in the UK and internationally, and this means that our graduates actually stay in their posts for longer than the average and five years into their employment. It's been shown they are earning more than their peers within the South West. So coming to Marjon means you could be really confident that you're going to succeed in your degree and you're going to move into employment really confidently. Students looking to apply for this course will currently probably be studying post 16 courses that focus on science and maths. These could be pure courses, or they may be applied to courses. And it's not necessary that candidates have studied all three of the separate sciences. What we really want to see is candidates that have a really strong interest in STEM subjects and that they have a broad knowledge of their specialisms within science in maths. This course is designed to support and build those students knowledge so it will enhance and extend their understanding of all three sciences and mathematics. We will support you and ensure that you have the subject knowledge needed to become an expert in the classroom that will meet the needs of modern students. Today. Most traditional routes into education take four years. That means a student would study three year undergraduate degree first before a one year postgraduate course into education, giving them the qualified teacher status they need to be in the classroom. However, this course is different. This course only takes three years. It's therefore the fastest route. So if you really know you want to be working in the secondary classroom, then this is the fastest way for you to get there. If we consider the modern world and the many challenges that society faces, we know we need the best problem solvers. But problem solving isn't something that happens distinctly. It's something that happens across subjects. When people think creatively, when people think from different perspectives by using a dual discipline, you're encouraging this from the beginning. We're encouraging our trainees to think about how different aspects, different perspectives and different ways of finding a solution can be used together to improve society and the challenges that we face. It will also help to encourage more students to get into STEM. If we have better teachers in the classroom, that are more inspiring and more enthusiastic more students are going to select these subjects and that will make a real difference to education for everyone. If you're interested in this course or you think it might be the right option for you, I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to email me at

Why this course at Marjon?

Keep your subject options open as your start your journey to become a teacher

Marjon education graduates are the highest earning teachers in the South West and Wales (DFE LEO, 2018)

Over 95% of our secondary trained teachers are employed in teaching jobs - above the sector average

We provide excellent role models in initial teacher training, promoting the involvement of outstanding teachers and specialist leaders in working with our trainees

Superb links with our partnership schools throughout the South West, London and overseas

Long and established history of teacher education – we've been training teachers for over 180 years

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

“The BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths brings together practice, policy, and research. You'll explore current curriculum topics through a wider professional lens. You'll undertake independent research as well as subject specific studies focussed on the theory and professional practice of teaching science and maths, getting pupils to think about how science and maths can be used to provide solutions to today's challenges.”
Julie Stevens - Course Leader

1st Year

Becoming a teacher
Study the role of the teacher and the place of maths and science within the curriculum - includes a 3 week placement in a secondary school to gain practical teaching experience.
Science: the art of systematic study
Exploring science as a systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
Making maths meaningful
Develop, enhance and strengthen mathematical skills, foster mathematical thinking, and spark enthusiasm for learning in mathematics.
Learning in a digital world
Explore how science and maths use technologies to support learning and teaching and makes learning relevant to our digital society.
Chemical and biological sciences
Understand how living things work, evolve and function at the molecular or cellular level, enjoy working in a laboratory environment and like the challenge and excitement of scientific research and development,
Physical and mathematical sciences
Explore the logical, experimental and mathematical study of our universe, physical phenomena that can be explained from the laws of classical mechanics and model and solve mathematical problems.

2nd Year

Curriculum and pedagogy
This module runs across the whole year and includes X2 four week placements in schools with a focus on the 14-19 curriculum and government frameworks and how to plan for pupil progress.
Biological sciences - the study of life
You will learn to appreciate the similarities and differences in the cell biology and physiology of living organisms, this module covers subject areas related to molecular bioscience and biochemistry using practical experience and techniques.
Chemical science - the substance of matter
Topics will include integrated chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry and materials science and include, physical and analytical chemistry plus associated practical work
Physical sciences - 'nothing happens until something moves'
Study to develop a firm grasp in quantum and classical physics including practical laboratory and project based learning.
Promoting creativity through mathematics
Gain a good grounding in basic advanced mathematics - 'the mathematics that every mathematics graduate should know, and how to teach difficult concepts in creative and manageable ways

3rd Year

Current issues in education
Explore and appraise the most relevant research based on current issues within schools and education, including national priorities and the most recent government initiatives and their impact on you as a science and maths teacher.
Secondary education, schools, learners and teachers
Critical reflection of pedagogic strategies and approaches used in school to engage and develop learners. Includes two longer school placements and enables trainees to achieve the minimum expectation of the Teachers’ Standards, to become a qualified teacher.
Digging deeper - mastery and learning
The purpose of this module is to enable you to further develop your specialist skills as a teacher of your subject. The focus will be on developing your creativity in planning, teaching and assessment. The module allows you to develop your skills at independent working where you consider specific aspects of sciences or maths in greater depth.
Research in education
Honours level research study into an educational topic of your choice; a wide reading base will support a critically reflective investigation to support professional development in teaching.

This course is perfect if you’re curious about

How to integrate technical, practical, problem solving learning in the classroom

How to engage inquisitive students who love to understand about life, the universe and everything

How science and maths can be used to provide solutions to today’s challenges

How teachers develop a rapport with children and channel their interest

How to understand how things work or predict how they might change

How pupils learn in a digital world

What might you become?

BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Sciences and Maths (with QTS) is fully focused on enabling you to become a teacher of the sciences and maths in a secondary school. Our students quickly find teaching positions due to our excellent reputation, strong links with partner schools and large numbers of Marjon alumni in senior positions, who respect the high quality of our training.

Science and Maths teachers are in high demand in secondary schools. On completion of this BEd (Hons) Secondary Education with Sciences and Maths (with QTS) you will be a fully qualified teacher and you may also choose to specialise in one of these subjects, or do an enhancement in Primary or Special Education, to enhance your employability as an early career teacher (ECT).

Over 90% of our trainees go on to secure teaching posts locally, nationally or abroad which is above national rate. Others go on to further postgraduate study or research posts within Higher Education. Some of our trainees have gone on to establish themselves as freelance specialist teachers in their field of expertise or work in industry.

How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Collaborative learning, critical reflection and a strong culture of support underpin the BEd Secondary Education with Science and Maths (with QTS) at Plymouth Marjon University, and trainees will enjoy a stimulating and effective learning environment from start to finish. The expertise of our departmental staff are complimented by visiting teaching practitioners and lecturers from our extensive partnership network.

You will have school-based training in each year of the course. In the professional year, this will include a minimum of 120 days in school in two block placements. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, lab work, fieldwork, workshops, conferences, tutorials, independent study or research, and school-based training.

How will you be assessed?

Assessment relates to the development of your teaching practice in schools. It includes portfolios, presentations, essays, blogs, portfolios, exams, practical skills assessment, teaching practice and a final research project.

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Rosie Walsh

Course leader

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Having spent 12 years teaching mathematics at secondary level - both domestically and internationally - including as the Head of Mathematics at an inner-London academy, Rosie has a wealth of classroom experience from a wide variety of contexts.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £14,500 per annum

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Jonathan Cripps


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Jonathan’s career as a history teacher has spanned over 25 years, working in secondary schools in Sussex, Suffolk and Cornwall. Previously, he has worked for Cornwall LEA as an Advanced Skills Teacher, supporting history departments, NQTs and recent entrants to the teaching profession across the county. He is a Teacher Fellow of the Historical Association.

Jodie Greaves

MTEP Partnership Leader

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Jodie teaches on our teacher training courses, specialising in primary science as well as supporting students on placement. She is the MTEP Partnership leader and she also supports primary colleagues across the city and beyond through her work with Plymouth Science. 

Claire Hadfield

Senior Lecturer

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Claire is Programme lead for the Secondary PGCEs and Schools Direct. Claire's specialist subject is English and before joining Marjon she worked in various secondary schools in Exeter as well for South West Teacher Training. Her research interests are reflective practice, teacher identity and retention.

Dr Tara Hollins

Senior Lecturer

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Tara specialises in teaching primary mathematics and is also currently involved with an international project about making maths more accessible to primary aged children and their parents.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Will I be able to teach in a school after this course?

Yes! After three years, successful completion of this course will give you the QTS qualification required to teach. 

Q2   How long will it take until I can get a teaching job?

This course will fast-track your entry to the classroom in just three years. Alternative routes frequently require both a three-year undergraduate degree and a one-year postgraduate teaching qualification. 

Q3   Do I need to specialise in all three strands of science?

You will be supported in gaining the subject knowledge required to teach physics, chemistry, biology, and maths up to GCSE standard. However, you may choose to specialise in a particular science and potentially teach this to students in key stage 5. This is an option available to all trainees, and the development of this specialism will be supported by the bespoke nature of the modules in the third year of this course.  

Q4   Who will this course qualify me to teach?

This course will qualify you to teach secondary science and maths to students aged 11 to 16 and studying key stages 3 and 4.  

Q5   Do you have to complete a PGCE to be a teacher?

No. While a PGCE route is a common route into teaching, it is actually QTS that is needed to be a qualified teacher. This BEd with QTS will qualify you to be a teacher.  

Q6   Do I need to have completed an undergraduate degree first?

No. While many teachers choose to complete a three-year undergraduate degree followed by a one-year postgraduate teaching qualification, you do not have to. A four-year pathway into teaching may be the most common, but if you know you want to teach, why not qualify in three years and start your career earlier?  

More information

For tips about every stage of the teacher training journey, from making your application shine to securing your first teaching role, see the how to get into teaching guide.

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