BSc (Hons) Education and Mathematics

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Course Overview

Study an Education and Mathematics degree and explore education policy and politics, leadership and management, specialise in educational practice in a digital age, education in other countries, diversity and wellbeing in education, child development and educational neuroscience The Mathematics course covers a range of mathematical material, including pure and applied maths and mathematics for Finance offering probability analysis, nonlinear partial differential equations, non-commutative geometry and algebraic topology. Education and Maths are inseparable from life as we know it. Be an achiever and come and join us!

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 study an Education and Maths degree with us?

  • Mathematics is the lead institution for WIMCS, the Wales Institute of Mathematical and Computational Sciences
  • Mathematics research is ranked 4th for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2018
  • 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)
  • You will study in the new £31m Computational Foundry for mathematical and computer sciences
  • You have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities to enhance your study and career prospects  
  • You will study education, psychology, philosophy, history, and the social sciences
  • You will gain the requisite skills and knowledge to design and evaluate education processes and programmes, and to inform mathematics teaching practice and curriculum design.
  • You will use a variety of learning approaches and emphasise the development of practical skills in observation, interpretation, information processing and presentation, all of which will be valued by employers
  • You can specialise on learning in a digital age and experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
  • You will complete an independent research-based dissertation in the final year, developing the knowledge and skills to become research-effective educationalists
  • Our Education and Maths Graduates have careers in education, teaching English as a foreign language, education organisations, government and local authorities
  • You will need and additional ITE/PGCE qualification to become a teacher
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£45,000


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
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
Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select the following three modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EDN100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contemporary Education, Problems and Issues
EDN101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Learning and Teaching
EDN102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Education Across the Lifespan

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / 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
Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You must select the following two modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EDN200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Methods in Education
EDN201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Child Development
Optional Modules - Education 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one of the following modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EDN202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Protecting and Promoting Wellbeing in Education
EDN203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Additional Learning Needs
EDN204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Education Policy into Practice
EDN205Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enhancing Employability Through Work Experience
EDN206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enhancing Learning with Digital Technologies

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Complex Variables
MA-312Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Higher Algebra
MA-322Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Topology
MA-384Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Fourier Analysis
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 60 credits from the following. Please note in order to select ALE308 you must have completed ALE200 in Year 2.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELTYou must have completed ALE200 in Year 2 in order to select this module
EDN300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)40Dissertation
EDN301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Employability Decision Making and Work Experience
EDN303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Childhood Studies
EDN304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Leading and Managing in Education
EDN305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Difference and Diversity in Education
PME300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Educational Practice in a Digital Age


Our Education and Maths Course offers ....

Our Education and Mathematics course 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, you will develop their ability to understand mathematical logic and communication, construct your own arguments, and convey their understanding and reasoning. 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.


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.

First year students are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (£44).

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

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

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

In addition to normal study and living costs you will have to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (£44).

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.



The Department of Mathematics at Swansea University has an excellent employability record:

  • 4th in the UK for graduate prospects (The Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • 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 an Education and Mathematics degree 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). 

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.

Find out more here...