BSc (Hons) Education and Mathematics

  1. UCAS code:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: 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).

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • 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.
  • 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 Department of Mathematics is the lead institution for WIMCS, the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences.
  • 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.
  • Students can apply for a select number of spaces to study the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EDN100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in Contemporary Education
EDN102Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Education Across the Lifespan
MA-101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introductory Calculus
MA-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introductory Analysis
MA-111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Foundations of Algebra
MA-112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introductory Linear Algebra

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Real Analysis and Metric Spaces
MA-202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Vector Calculus and Measure Theory
MA-211Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Vector Spaces
MA-212Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Groups and Rings
PME201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Methods in Education
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
EDN307Academic Year20Dissertation in Education
MA-301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Complex Variables
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
MA-325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Applied Algebra: Coding Theory
MA-381Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Functional Analysis
Optional Modules
Education Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students are required to select 2 of the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
EDN301Academic Year20Employability Decision Making and Work ExperienceYou have not taken the required Pre Requisite modules for this selection
EDN302Academic Year20Educational Neuroscience
EDN303Academic Year20Childhood Studies
EDN304Academic Year20Leading and Managing in Education
EDN305Academic Year20Difference and Diversity in Education
PME300Academic Year20Educational Practice in a Digital Age


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. 

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: ABB – BBB including Mathematics
  • Access Diploma (Science): 27D, 15M, 3P (to include 18 in Maths)
  • BTEC: DDD plus grade B in A level Mathematics
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-390 points, including 120 in Mathematics
  • International Baccalaureate: 32-34 points to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

Please note: We do not accept General Studies.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language at grade C or above, and Maths at grade B or above.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact or call +44 (0) 1792 295111. 

Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please note: Students who wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation from this course will need GCSEs at grade B or above in English and Mathematics, and also a GCSE at grade B or above in Welsh if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will also need a C grade or above in GCSE Science.

How To Apply

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Education and Mathematics must be made through UCAS.
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email:

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study on either a full or part-time basis.

Please note: All offers will be conditional, subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. If a satisfactory enhanced DBS check is not submitted in time for enrolment, students will be required to sign a declaration of provisional enrolment. At the start of years two and three, students will also be required to sign an annual declaration confirming that there have been no changes to their DBS status. More information on DBS checks can be found here

Apply via UCAS 

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (Price as at Feb 2016, £44)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Library fines
  • Year three dissertation printing and binding (approx. £5)
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

The teaching programme commences two weeks after Enrolment. Here is a full list of term dates.

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years. Students will take half of their credits in Education, and the other half in Mathematics.  In year one, students will undertake seven compulsory modules. In year two, students will take five compulsory modules and select two optional education modules. In the final year, students will take five compulsory modules, and select two optional education modules.

Students benefit from a varied and well supported programme of study including lectures, seminars, academic tutorials, debates, collaborative group work, field visits to schools and other educational settings, and online, digital learning.  Independent study and self-directed learning is an integral component of each module.

Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters and students are assigned a personal tutor from each academic department to provide personal, academic, and professional support.

Assessment: Students will be assessed through a combination of unseen examinations and coursework, including: essays, presentations (poster and oral), written reports, reflective blogs, personalised learning records, research proposals, video blogs, and weekly exercise assignments in Mathematics. Students are also required to complete an 8,000 word empirically based research dissertation in the final year. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students.

Please note that students choosing to study towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) will also have to undertake an examination as part of the qualification. 


International Students

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification.

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

For further information email


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.



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Global Opportunities

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Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Arts and Humanities runs a number of summer programmes for students.

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