Honours Degree Mathematics/Chemistry/ Biology/Computer Science (QTS Newman)

4 years full-time


"I would particular like to highlight the documentation and support offered to students in association with their school experience. The School Placement tutor provides an evening support drop in system for students requiring additional help. The students are well supported during this element of their training and this is to be commended."
External Examiner
Why study Mathematics/Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science?

This innovative course is a collaboration between Aston University and Newman University, two highly respected higher education institutions with expertise in science/mathematics and Initial Teacher Education (ITE) respectively. You will gain a thorough understanding of the principles and applications of chemistry and/or mathematics at Aston University and at Newman University have the opportunity to gain qualified teacher status (QTS), which is required to teach in UK state schools.

In the first two years of the course you will study mathematics/chemistry/biology/computer science plus your specialist course at Aston University. Mathematics students will understand the need for rigour and proof in mathematics. Within the science courses strong emphasis is placed on the acquisition and development of laboratory skills. Following a successful application in year two, you will transfer to the initial teacher education course to discover and develop the skills required to be an effective and innovative teacher.

In the third year you will work towards gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) at Newman

In your fourth year you will further develop your subject knowledge at Aston University.
• Science or Mathematics or computer science Curriculum at Key stages 3 and 4
• Science or Mathematics or computer science Pedagogy
• Classroom Management
• Cross-curricular Issues
• Curriculum Implementation. Leadership and Management in Schools
• Learning Styles

You should note that acceptance on to the combined honours course at Aston does not guarantee acceptance to transfer to the initial teacher education element of the course administered by Newman, leading to QTS. It is a government requirement that all applicants for QTS courses are interviewed to assess their suitability for the teaching profession, and meet all the requirements for entry set by the Teaching Agency. However, you will be given support and encouragement in the first and second years to aid your application.

Contact for Course Enquiries

Aston Univeristy: Ady Yong
Email: a.w.k.yong@aston.ac.uk

Admissions: 0121 204 3668
Email: engineering@aston.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Admission to the Combined Honours programme at Aston usually requires a total of 300-320 (BBB/ABB) points from three A2 levels or two A2 levels and two AS levels. Aston accepts A2 Level General Studies if three A2 levels are taken, or AS General Studies if two A2 levels are taken. You must obtain a minimum pass grade B (A2 level) in either Chemistry or Mathematics for admission to this course.
A successful interview is required in the second year to progress on to the initial teacher education aspect of the course at Newman.

Acceptance on to the single honours course at Aston University does not guarantee acceptance to transfer to the ITE element of the course administered by Newman. It is a government requirement that all applicants for QTS courses are interviewed to assess their suitability for the teaching profession. However, you will be given support and encouragement in your first and second years to aid your application.



Course structure

Honours Degree Mathematics/Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science

Science or mathematics curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4
Science or mathematics pedagogy
Learning styles
Classroom management
Cross curricular issues
Effective use of ICT in education
Planning, assessment and differentiation strategies
Curriculum implementation
Leadership and management in schools
Health and safety

Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year.

Course code

Single Honours: 100% Honours Degree Mathematics/Chemistry/Biology/Computer Science

UCAS code:

Please apply direct to Newman for the teaching element

For all enquiries relating to admissions or entry requirements, email us at admissions@newman.ac.uk

Ask us a question about this course