BSc Mathematics / Education

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In choosing to study this Mathematics and Education degree you'll cover a broad spectrum of childhood development activities that include the sociological, psychological and educational facets that influence the development of children. Additionally you'll cover the fundamental syllabus of a broad-ranging degree in Mathematics. You'll be taught by enthusiastic staff and cover a range of practical, theoretical, and professional disciplines that employers in these disciplines demand. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communications, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities.

Overview

In choosing to study this Mathematics and Education degree you'll cover a broad spectrum of childhood development activities that include the sociological, psychological and educational facets that influence the development of children. Additionally you'll cover the fundamental syllabus of a broad-ranging degree in Mathematics. You'll be taught by enthusiastic staff and cover a range of practical, theoretical, and professional disciplines that employers in these disciplines demand. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communications, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities.

This joint honours BSc in Mathematics and Education will expose you to the world of advanced mathematics, whilst equipping you with the vocational skills required to communicate your subject to a variety of audiences. This course is perfect for aspiring teachers, tutors and lecturers with a particular interest in Mathematics.

You will find this to be a varied and stimulating course with a strong vocational outcome. You can also tailor your learning to suit your interests, opting for modules from both subject areas. Your choices may range from applied statistics to hydrodynamics and from bilingual education to children's rights.

This course is delivered by the School of Education and Lifelong Learning and the Department of Mathematics. You will benefit from the latest learning and teaching environments, the expertise of our experienced staff members, and our partnerships with communities, schools and authorities across Wales and the UK. The 2015 National Student Satisfaction survey results show high levels of satisfaction amongst Mathematics and Education students. Staff were particularly praised for their ability to explain things clearly by over 90% of students in both departments.

A degree in Mathematics and Education will be of great use to you in a range of graduate jobs, particularly in schools and colleges. Not only will you be thoroughly equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to apply for a PGCE and a high level of subject expertise, but you will also be a fluent communicator, a rigorous researcher, and a strong debater able to form compelling arguments. These will all prove to be assets in any graduate workplace.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity, with 95% of the university's research of an internationally recognised standard.

Our Staff

Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning are either qualified to PhD standard or are experienced practitioners in their field. All teaching staff currently possess, or are working towards, a recognised teaching qualification.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take a total of 60 credits of core and optional MA modules in year 1. The following modules are core:

Semester 1

Algebra MA10510

Calculus MA10610

Semester 2

Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010

Mathematical Analysis MA11110

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (60 CREDITS). You must take either the ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Young Children Learning ED11320

Year 1 Options Mathematics Joint Honours: Students must take 20 credits of optional MA modules EITHER MA10110 and MA11210 OR MA10310 and MA11310.

Semester 1

Coordinate And Vector Geometry MA10110

Probability MA10310

Semester 2

Differential Equations MA11210

Statistics MA11310

Year 1 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Geometreg Gyfesurynnol A Fectoraidd MT10110

Tebygoleg MT10310

Algebra MT10510

Calcwlws MT10610

Semester 2

Algebra A Chalcwlws Pellach MT11010

Dadansoddi Mathemategol MT11110

Hafaliadau Differol MT11210

Ystadegaeth MT11310

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS).You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules, please choose either ED (English ) or AD (Cymraeg).

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

Year 2 Core (20 Credits) Mathematics Joint Honours. The following modules are core in year 2.

Semester 2

Linear Algebra MA21410

Complex Analysis MA21510

Year 2 Options CORE MODULE (20 CREDITS). You must take either ED or AD module

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 40 credits of optional MA modules EITHER from Block A OR B

Year 2 Options BLOCK A: Students must take 40 credits from the following.

Semester 1

Real Analysis MA20110

Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310

Distributions And Estimation MA26010

Applied Statistics MA26600

Semester 2

Applied Statistics MA26620

Year 2 Options BLOCK B: Students must take 40 credits from the following.

Semester 1

Real Analysis MA20110

Introduction To Abstract Algebra MA20310

Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25200

Semester 2

Introduction To Numerical Analysis And Its Applications MA25220

Hydrodynamics 1 MA25610

Advanced Dynamics MA25710

Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Ffiseg Mathemategol FG26020

Dadansoddiad Real MT20110

Semester 2

Algebra Llinol MT21410

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES : You must take 20/40-60 credits, ensuring a total of 100-140 credits over the 2nd and final years, from:

Semester 1

Llythrennedd Mewn Plant Ifanc AD20220

Literacy In Young Children ED20220

Cultural Diversity In Education ED20420

Working With Children ED20600

Discourses Language And Education ED22420

Semester 2

Dulliau Ymchwil AD20320

Research Methods ED20320

Bilingual Education ED20520

Working With Children ED20620

Making Sense Of The Curriculum ED20820

Final Year Options CORE MODULE (20 CREDITS). You must take either ED or AD module

Semester 1

Gwerthuso Ac Adlewyrchu Ar Sgiliau Dysgu Yn Gritigol AD30120

Critically Reflecting And Evaluating Learning And Skills ED30120

Final Year Options Mathematics Joint Honours. Students must take 60 credits from Maths level 3 modules.

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES : You must take 20/40-60 credits, ensuring a total of 100-140 credits over the 2nd and final years. You must only take either the AD or the ED module

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Traethawd Hir AD33600

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Major Dissertation ED33600

Semester 2

Traethawd Hir AD33640

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

Communicating Science: The Scientists, The Media And The Public ED33020

Major Dissertation ED33640

Employability

Your BSc in Mathematics with Education will prepare you for a broad range of employment or training options, including teacher training. Your educational knowledge will help you establish a career as an education administrator, trainer or youth worker. Your mathematical training will prepare you for work in the increasing number of careers where specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are in high demand.

Some graduates progress immediately to further study, either research or a post-graduate training course, such as an MA in social work or a post-graduate teaching certificate (PGCE). For aspiring teachers, the balanced combination of the two subjects is a sound basis for either secondary or primary teaching.

Throughout your degree you will develop a wealth of subject-specific skills and other generic professional skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation.

You will be able to evaluate and improve research practices, critically review debates on relevant issues, present data through a number of channels and articulate an informed response to enquiries. You will also have proven your abilities in writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, working effectively with others, and delivering work to meet specific deadlines.

The study of both Mathematics and Education requires rigorous handling of data, clarity in planning and connected thinking in what are both academically demanding subjects. This puts you at an advantage over your competitors in any general employment context, and your specialism in Education signals an obvious career path, should you choose to pursue it.

Both departments have close links with the University's careers service, which provides general and subject-specific careers advice. You may also compile a portfolio encouraging reflection on your learning and career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

100% of our Maths graduates and 93% of our Education graduates were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2014). 71% of Maths graduates were in professional work or graduate level education, above the UK average for the subject (DLHE 2014). This reflects our investment in innovative and strategic, student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars and individual and group-based project work designed to stimulate your academic interest in mathematics and inspire you about theories of teaching and learning. By joining these two disciplines, this course will help you deepen your mathematical competence and equip you with skills vital for work in the field of education.

In the first year, you will follow a clearly defined pathway through the study of core disciplines, including algebra, calculus, geometry, probability, mathematical analysis, differential equations and statistics. You will be introduced to issues concerning children's learning and the education system generally.

In the second year you will study real analysis, complex analysis, and linear algebra. You will explore the psychology of learning and thinking and may choose areas such as cultural diversity in education or the curriculum. In the third year you will be able to direct your own study and specialise further.

As you study, you will be both challenged and inspired by our staff members, who have created a vibrant culture of creativity and intellectual curiosity perfect for the study of both Education and Mathematics.

You will be allocated a personal tutor in each department, offering subject-specific support as well as help with what may be different departmental routines and methods. Personal tutors can also guide you if you need to access any of the University's support services.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, reports, practical exercises and oral presentations, as well as games and posters. You will also be required to complete additional assignments and work with others on particular tasks.

While at Aberystwyth you will learn to: develop a reflective learning style to promote self-improvement; employ multiple critical techniques when approaching complex data sets; develop a rigorous approach to vital areas such as child protection; and articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subjects.

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UCAS Code: GX13

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Tariff Required: 320

Entry Requirements: Mathematics at grade B. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh. Grade C in Mathematics.

Course Length: 3 Years

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