Are you ready to make the difference? Discover the formula for teaching mathematics with our expert staff and world leading researchers. The BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education degree introduces you to the theory that underpins teaching and learning of mathematics.  You gain hands-on experience of the educational environment through a school placement and undertake a research project which allows you to investigate an area of mathematics education. 
You will begin the first year of your journey on the BSc (hons) Mathematics degree, during which you will develop a broad understanding of mathematics and statistics. In your second and final year, studying dedicated mathematics education modules alongside mathematics and statistics modules will enable you to graduate with the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education degree. This combination of mathematical knowledge and educational experience will give you the skills and confidence to progress on to a teacher training course such as a PGCE, or to move into one of many careers where high-level mathematical skills are essential.

Why choose Mathematics with Education?

Studying on the Mathematics with Education degree is ideal if you think that you would like a career in teaching but also want to further your understanding of mathematics at degree level.
Teach in the classroom
A highlight of the final year is a school placement. Every Wednesday you help in a school mathematics department, and so develop your communication and presentation skills. 
As well as this teaching experience, you write an individual project on an aspect of educational theory. Recent project titles include: 'Assessment for Learning in the Mathematics Classroom'; 'An Investigation into the Problem-solving Strategies Adopted by Children'; 'What Engages Children in the Mathematics Classroom?' and 'How Can the Move from Primary to Secondary School Be Made Easier?'. 
This combination of time spent in the classroom and a strong theoretical underpinning gives you the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to a teacher training course such as a PGCE. Most students progress to secondary teaching careers, but some also go into primary school teaching or other careers.
Outreach Events
The Mathematics with Education Lead, Dr Jenny Sharp also runs a programme of outreach and masterclass enrichment events for schools in Devon and Cornwall. As a student on the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education pathway, you have the option to be involved in these events from your first year. Having the opportunity to participate in these events, as a helper and as a workshop leader allows you to work with young people prior to the placement, building up additional experience and confidence in the classroom environment.

Why mathematics matters

Student Thomas Woodland-Scott tells us why children should learn about mathematics, and the opportunities that come from pursuing a mathematics degree.
Key Features

  • Gain classroom experience in a placement module, supporting mathematics teaching in a secondary or primary school for one morning a week throughout your final year. This will help you become an effective communicator.
  • Dr Jenny Sharp who leads the Education modules has worked with schools in many different capacities, and is regularly invited to run workshops and masterclasses all around the country, including at the Royal Institution, other universities and in schools.
  • An in-depth individual research project develops your knowledge of mathematical educational theory, an ideal preparation for teacher training courses.
  • Help others and gain hands on expertise by taking part in our Mathematics Enrichment Programme activities. You can gradually develop a workshop for a Mathematics masterclass.
  • Gain high level understanding of modern pure and applied mathematics, and statistics; this knowledge base opens up many mathematical careers to you.
  • Study the established theories on learning and human development, applying them to examples of educational practice from current research and your own experience.

Year 1

In the first year you’ll study the same modules as students on BSc (Hons) Mathematics. This gives you both the expertise required to be confident in the classroom and also flexibility in your future career choices. Modules include calculus, linear algebra, numerical methods and probability. There is also a module on proof and reasoning that includes more surprising material such as the mathematics of cryptography. You'll also use professional software. The flexibility of the course allows you to change to other mathematics degrees at the end of the first and second years.

Core modules:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Analysis and Group Theory 
  • Probability
  • Numerical Methods
  • Stage 1 mathematics placement preparation

See BSc (Hons) Mathematics course page for full module listings

Year 2

During the second year you will take the Learning Matters (EDST502) module which is led by experienced lecturers from the Plymouth Institute of Education. This module builds capacity to recognise and evaluate learning in educational, work and recreational settings. It teaches the established theories on learning and human development, applying them to examples of educational practice from current research and your own experience. You will also study a range of modules which further develop your high-level mathematical and statistical skills, from advanced calculus and differential equations, to statistical inference and regression.

Core modules:

  • Advanced Calculus
  • Statistical Inference and Regression
  • Algebra and Transforms
  • Differential Equations
  • Operational Research
  • Learning Matters
  • Stage 2 mathematics placement preparation

See BSc (Hons) Mathematics course page for full module listings

Optional placement year

An optional placement in Year 3 to gain valuable paid professional experience and help make your CV stand out. You will be better able to advise your future students on careers.

Further information about mathematics student placements

Final year

In the final year you'll carry out a year long placement module offering you experience working alongside a mathematics teacher in a primary or secondary school for one morning a week over two terms. Together with our tutorial system, the school placement will strengthen your oral and written communications skills and greatly enhance your employability. You'll also carry out an individual mathematics education project on a topic of your choice. The placement and project combination gives you an ideal start for PGCE teacher training. The degree also gives you excellent prospects in other mathematical careers through a wide choice of final year modules.

Core modules:

  • Professional experience in mathematics education.
  • Education project.
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Optimisation, Networks and Graphs

See BSc (Hons) Mathematics course page for full module listings

This degree pathway is offered as an option on our flexible BSc (Hons) Mathematics course. 

You will initially be enrolled on BSc (Hons) Mathematics, where you will follow a common first year so you acquire a mastery of the fundamental skills that characterise a mathematician. As your knowledge and understanding deepens, you will be able to follow your interests and, if you wish, transfer to one of our specialist pathways - BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education or BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Finance. 

How to apply

All application details, entry requirements and fee information can be found on the BSc (Hons) Mathematics course page.


Paul Gerry: why choose to study mathematics with education?

The reason why I chose mathematics with education is that the specialism of the education comes in the final year. I wanted to get a feel for if teaching is the right thing for me. The course is the reason why I came to Plymouth.
Rebecca Dodge: PGCE student and winner of IMA Scholarship

Rebecca Dodge: Mathematics teacher and winner of IMA scholarship

Having the support of a project mentor throughout my final year project meant that I could further my understanding of mathematics within education and how to research literature, analyse it and draw conclusions, all within the confines of a word limit. 

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Becky - Secondary Mathematics Teacher
One of the many reasons I chose to study Mathematics with Education was the chance to gain valuable experience in a school during my third year

Nathan - Head of Mathematics Department
The course allowed me to get both an insight into teaching and a mathematics degree at the same time – essential if I decided teaching was not for me

Rebecca - Marketing Research Assistant
Plymouth offered me the type of course I was looking for, whilst studying in a lovely area where I felt I could enjoy three years of my life

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