BSc Mathematics with Education

The Mathematics with Education Degree at Aberystwyth University will develop your appreciation of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques and cover a broad spectrum of childhood development activities that include the sociological, psychological and educational facets that influence the development of children. The Mathematics with Education Degree utilises the expertise of the Department of Mathematics and the School of Education and Lifelong Learning to offer you a highly relevant and stimulating programme which is very attractive to employers. In addition to the specialist mathematical and analytical skills you will acquire through your Mathematics with Education Degree, you will also gain a broad range of transferable skills which will serve you well in any career. 

Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Education (NSS 2016)

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

If you wish to stretch your mathematical abilities and gain the educational knowledge needed to apply for teacher training courses, then this is the course for you. The Mathematics and Education degree will introduce you to a the essential core disciplines of Mathematics and help you engage with the latest thinking on education.

The Mathematics and Education Degree is a Major/Minor scheme meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Mathematics (your Major subject) in the Department of Mathematics and one-third studying Education (your Minor subject) in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Our Mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good. Mathematics has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the university in 1872, making it the oldest Mathematics department in Wales. Despite our heritage we have continued to innovate ensuring that the degree schemes we offer will provide you with the best Mathematics degree you can possibly obtain.

The School of Education and Lifelong Learning, which recently relocated to new premises on the main campus at the University, offers the latest learning and teaching environments, the expertise of experienced staff members, and partnerships with communities, schools and authorities across Wales and the UK. The School is a long-established department, which has been offering stimulating and innovative study programmes for over a hundred years. Aberystwyth was the first university in England and Wales to offer an honours degree in Education, and continues to provide excellent opportunities for the study of Education as an academic discipline in combination with a wide range of complementary partner subjects.

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 provide information if you need to access any of the University's support services.

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. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was 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 (80 Credits) Mathematics (Major): The following modules are core

Semester 1

Coordinate And Vector Geometry MA10110

Probability MA10310

Algebra MA10510

Calculus MA10610

Semester 2

Further Algebra And Calculus MA11010

Mathematical Analysis MA11110

Differential Equations MA11210

Statistics MA11310

Year 1 Options EDUCATION CORE MODULES (40 CREDITS). You must take both ED (English) or the AD (Cymraeg) modules.

Semester 1

Polisiau A Materion Mewn Addysg AD10120

Policies And Issues In Education ED10120

Semester 2

Datblygiad Plant AD19220

Child Development ED10220

Year 1 Options EDUCATION OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can take up to 20 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Sgiliau Allweddol I Brifysgol AD13620

Early Years Provision: Principles And Practice ED10620

Key Skills For University ED13620

Semester 2

Plant Ifainc Yn Dysgu AD11320

Young Children Learning ED11320

Play And Learning:theory And Practice ED13720

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 2 Core (30 Credits) Mathematics (Major). The following modules are core.

Semester 1

Real Analysis MA20110

Semester 2

Linear Algebra MA21410

Complex Analysis MA21510

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

Semester 1

Seicoleg Dysgu A Meddwl AD20120

Psychology Of Learning And Thinking ED20120

Year 2 Options Mathematics (Major). 50 further credits must be taken from level 2 Mathematics and Mathematical Physics modules.

Year 2 Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must also choose another 20 credits from the following list:

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

Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Dadansoddiad Real MT20110

Semester 2

Algebra Llinol MT21410

Final Year Options CORE MODULES (20 CREDITS). You must take either the ED or the 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 (Major). A minimum of 70 credits must be taken from Level 3 Maths modules and another 10 credits from Maths Level 2/3 modules.

Final Year Options OPTIONAL MODULES (20 CREDITS). You can choose 20 credits from this list:

Semester 1

Datblygiad Mathemategol Yn Y Blynyddoedd Cynnar AD30320

Mathematical Development In The Early Years ED30320

Health And Education ED30500

Semester 2

Special Educational Needs ED30420

Health And Education ED30520

Children's Rights ED30620

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

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 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, coordinate and vector 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. You will also choose from a range of optional modules in Mathematics. In the third year you will be able to direct your own study and specialise further by choosing from a wide range of elective modules in both disciplines.

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, presentations, essays and examinations. A number of modules are available through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from both departments.

Your personal tutors will also be able to help you with any queries relating to your academic studies. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

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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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