BSc

Mathematics / Education

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Key Facts

Code GX13
  • Typical A-level offer

    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 time will be divided equally in the School of Education and the department of Mathematics. Your skills and abilities will be enhanced with regular exposure to team-work, communications, interpersonal, and time and work management opportunities. As this is a joint honours degree, you will be able to apply for PGCE teacher training courses at either Primary or Secondary level. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for PGCE at Aberystwyth.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Department of Mathematics: Top in the UK for teaching quality for the subject of Mathematics.(The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).

100% student satisfaction for the Department of Mathematics. (NSS 2018)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Mathematical Science graduates nationally (HESA 2018*

Empowering Critical Minds- top 5 in the UK for teaching quality. ( The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).

93% of our students agree that staff are good at explaining things for the subject of Education (NSS 2018) 

97.5% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Mathematics / Education at Aberystwyth University?

  • Mathematics / Education will help you engage with the latest theories surrounding the modern classroom, with the added specialism of mathematics
  • You will be pushed to improve your legislative knowledge
  • Discover more about a discipline that combines identification and analysis of shapes and patterns with data collection and calculation
  • A gateway to careers in a variety of sectors from finance to administration as well as in education
Our Staff

All lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. The majority have a postgraduate teaching qualification and new staff are required to complete the PGCTHE. The department also employs a number of part time tutors, with extensive teaching experience, and some student demonstrators, who are selected from our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate lecturers in the School of Education 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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra * MA10510 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Child Development * ED10220 20
Further Algebra and Calculus MP11010 10
Mathematical Analysis * MA11110 10
Policies and Issues in Education * ED10120 20
Young Children Learning * ED11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Coordinate and Vector Geometry * MA10110 10
Differential Equations * MA11210 10
Early Years Provision: Principles and Practice ED10620 20
Key Skills for University * ED13620 20
Play and Learning:Theory and Practice ED13720 20
Probability * MA10310 10
Statistics * MA11310 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Complex Analysis MA21510 10
Linear Algebra * MA21410 10
Psychology of Learning and Thinking * ED20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Dynamics MA25710 10
Applied Statistics MA26620 20
Bilingual Education ED20520 20
Discourses Language and Education ED22420 20
Distributions and Estimation MA26010 10
Education, Diversity and Equality ED20420 20
Hydrodynamics 1 * MA25610 10
Introduction to Abstract Algebra MA20310 10
Introduction to Numerical Analysis and its applications * MA25220 20
Literacy in Young Children * ED20220 20
Making Sense of the Curriculum ED20820 20
Real Analysis * MA20110 10
Research Methods * ED20320 20
Working with Children ED20620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Critically Reflecting and Evaluating Learning and Skills * ED30120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Children's Rights ED30620 20
Communicating Science: the Scientists, the Media and the Public ED33020 20
Major dissertation * ED33640 40
Mathematical Development in the Early Years * ED30320 20
Special Educational Needs ED30420 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded across our teaching.

Our graduates have been successful in the fields of;

  • Humanitarian Organisations
  • Teaching and Education (including SEN)
  • Social Care
  • Nursing
  • Speech therapy
  • Social work
  • Community Education Officer
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Investment analysis
  • Information Technology

On completion of this degree you will have gained skills in the following;

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Academic Employability Coordinator 

From Year One developing your employability is our priority and to ensure we offer the right services we have a dedicated academic employability coordinator who liaises with our link careers adviser to tailor a package of careers education, employer exposure and individual departmental based support. This person liaises with the careers service and external organisations to make links and connections, which are fed through to students on a regular basis. These include opportunities for voluntary work and paid employment both during and after your studies. Departmentally you will have the opportunity to get involved in our annual student employability conference alongside opportunities in being a part of our International conference that is an acclaimed innovation within the School of Education here at AU. Involvement offers worldwide insight in to new approaches in education and development and a chance to professionally network in your sector. Our student mentoring scheme provides opportunities to both receive peer support but to also develop mentoring and coaching skills while supporting fellow students. This scheme is recognised by the University for its high skills value, and those who engage as mentors receive recognition on their graduate transcript. 

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.

What will I learn?

  • 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.

How will I be taught?

  • 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.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Mathematics

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

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

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

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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