The Essential Mathematics for Teaching module

The Welsh Government has raised the entry requirements for GCSE English and Mathematics for applicants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) courses for September 2014 entry. You now need a minimum of B grades in GCSE English language and Mathematics before commencing ITT courses such as those offered at the University of South Wales in Primary and Secondary. This applies to courses studied at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 12 Weeks January Newport City C

A pre-requisite of the course is that students already have a GCSE grade C; students need to be confident and competent at this level before starting the course; the course does not re-teach mathematical techniques up to GCSE grade C.

It is recommended that students complete past GCSE papers (available at examination board websites) and study a higher tier GCSE revision guide prior to beginning the module

Lecture 1 – Algebraic Methods

  • Substitution, simplification, factorising, solving equations
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Rationlising denominators

Lecture 2

  • Surds
  • Rules of indices
  • Linear equations

Lecture 3

  • Roots of quadratic and cubic equations linked to graphical representations
  • Finding approximate solutions graphically

Lecture 4 – Statistics:

  • Assignment brief**
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Histograms and frequency

Lecture 5

  • Stratification and visual representation of data
  • Correlation and regression

Lecture 6 – Space and Shape:

  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Sine and Cosine rules
  • Pythgoras’ Theorem

Lecture 7

  • Area and perimeter
  • Volume

Lecture 8

  • Circle Theorems
  • Coordinate Geometry

Lecture 9 – Introduction to Calculus:

  • Differentiation

Lecture 10

  • Integration

**Submission Date for the Statistics Assignment: 21st March 2014
24.03.14 Revision Week

31.03.14 Examination Week


Essential Mathematics for Teaching
This module will be delivered from 14 January 2014 for 10 weeks on Tuesdays from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. This will be followed by a revision week and an examination.

It is recommended that students complete past GCSE papers (available at examination board websites) and study a higher tier GCSE revision guide prior to beginning the module.


Assessment will comprise of a 2,500 word assignment and examination.

C grade GCSE (or equivalent) in Mathematics

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

On successful completion, students will gain 20 credits at Higher Education level 4 in Mathematics.

Students are then eligible to progress onto one of the initial teacher training courses at the University of South Wales (subject to meeting the additional entry requirements of the course).

BA (Hons) Primary Studies with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Secondary Mathematics, Science, ICT with Qualified Teacher Status
BSc (Hons) Secondary Design & Technology with Qualified Teacher Status
PGCE Secondary Design & Technology

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