Mathematics with Education with Plymouth University
This course covers the central ideas and developments of pure and applied mathematics and offers opportunities to work in schools. It thus offers an ideal start for anyone wanting to pursue a mathematics teaching career. Throughout the degree students have the opportunity to work with school children on the mathematics enrichment courses run by our Centre for Teachings Mathematics. The degree is designed to develop your analytical and strategic thinking skills as well as equipping you with experience with professional software and in applying mathematics to solve a wide variety of problems.
The first year develops and strengthens topics previously met at A-level, such as calculus, but also introduces completely new material such as the number theory underlying internet security. Professional software such as Maple, a computer algebra system, and R, a programming language and software environment are also introduced in the first year. This experience ensures that our students are prepared to tackle numerical mathematics and mathematical programming. In the second year our students can master more advanced mathematical techniques. After this sound base is established, the final year features include a year-long schools based module working alongside an experienced mathematics teacher and a project module in mathematics education.
This is a highly practical degree which lets you master many technical skills as well as exploring the beauty of mathematics. It also gives you the essential school experience required to be accepted onto a mathematics teacher training (PGCE) course. We are very proud of the support we offer to our students. Our lecturers are at the forefront of their subjects and the degree is strongly informed by their research. Graduate positions include advanced skills teacher, post-16 network leader and head of the mathematics department in a school.