BSc

Mathematics / Education

Key Facts

Code GX13
  • Typical A-level offer

    ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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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.

Department of Mathematics: 92% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

94% of undergraduates from the Department of Mathematics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

95% of undergraduates from the Department of Education who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

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. 

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.

Modules

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.

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.

Teaching & Learning

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, 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 while you are at Aberystwyth. Personal tutors are there to help with all aspects of your progress through University. They can also provide you with information about the University's central services should you need further support.

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.

Entry Requirements

A Levels ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with A/B in A level Mathematics

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics

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