ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB - BBB at A-level including Mathematics, with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.
AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282 (DofE). Qualified actuaries in insurance companies can earn between £40,000 and £55,000.
ACCREDITATION: The curriculum for this programme has been informed by and is aligned to the most recent QAA benchmark statements for Education (2015) and Maths, Statistics, and Operational Research (2015).
Why take this course?
- Mathematics at Swansea is ranked in the top 25 Mathematics departments in UK, and within the top third in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2015).
- The Complete University Guide 2017 ranked Maths in the top 20 for graduate prospects.
- The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
- A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on learning in a digital age, affording students opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
- As part of the degree, all students will be given the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost.
- In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities.
- The University's Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.
- Students will gain the requisite skills and knowledge to design and evaluate education processes and programmes, and to inform mathematics teaching practice and curriculum design.
- The Department of Mathematics is the lead institution for WIMCS, the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences.
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The Education and Mathematics joint honours degree will enable students to specialise in both subjects, developing a range and mix of skills and knowledge which will enhance their future career prospects. The programme is intended for students who wish to explore fundamental and advanced concepts of Mathematics and consider a broad spectrum of education theory and practice.
Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our BSc (Hons) Education and Mathematics programme considers:
- Education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.
- The core topics that form the backbone of any mathematical degree - analysis and algebra.
- In the analysis strand, students will learn about calculations in differential and integral calculus, building a deeper understanding of these techniques and their theoretical basis.
- In the algebra strand, students will learn about the structures observed in various mathematical settings, developing skills in working in axiomatic frameworks, translating between different settings, and understanding the strengths and limitations of a given approach.
Across both strands, students will develop their ability to understand mathematical logic and communication, construct their own arguments, and convey their understanding and reasoning.
Consequently, graduates of Education and Mathematics will develop the skills and knowledge to design and evaluate education processes and programmes, an appreciation of mathematics in an educational context, and the knowledge to inform mathematics teaching practice and curriculum design.
Research Focused: Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in mathematics, as well as contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice. Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment.
Enhancing Employability: Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BSc (Hons) Education and Mathematics degree, with all students having the opportunity to undertake optional work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in education and mathematics will equip students with the skills necessary for careers requiring comprehensive mathematical knowledge and experience, as well as roles that require an in depth appreciation of mathematics in an educational context. It also affords excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education, and for entry to a wide-range of professional careers.
In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
For further information please refer to the 'Careers and Employability' section.
The Department of Mathematics at Swansea University has an excellent employability record:
- Top twenty for graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide, 2017)
- 91% of students in work and/or study six months after finishing their degree (Uni Stats, 2016)
The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates.
Successful completion of a degree in Education and Mathematics provides an excellent foundation for many types of careers, including:
- early years teaching, play therapy, education administration
- community development work
- education research
- local authority roles
- learning mentoring and community education welfare
- education publishing
- computer programming and systems administration
- roles within the financial sector, actuary, and various occupations within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development
- statistical analysis
- marketing and sales
- education departments in museums, galleries and theatres, local and national government and in social services
Graduates may also choose to pursue further training in primary, secondary or further education (e.g., primary PGCE, Post Compulsory Education and Training), or undertake a Master's course or PhD in Mathematics, Education, or a related social science, to further enhance their professional skills, knowledge and experience.
Please note: Achievement of this qualification alone does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
In connection with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) and University's Career and Employability Service, students will be supported to undertake the SEA Bronze award in year one of their studies.
Students will also have the opportunity to undertake optional employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold SEA Awards respectively. In addition, through our programme of field visits, and by completing the final year research based dissertation, students will also be supported to achieve the Platinum Level of the SEA Award. Completion of the SEA award will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
As part of the degree, all students will have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), at a substantially reduced cost. The CELTA is useful for those hoping to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK and is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching.
Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here on our international opportunities webpages.