Mathematics is vital in modern society, underpinning our understanding of the sciences, engineering, technology, finance and many other aspects of our everyday lives. Good mathematicians are in short supply and we aim to provide you with the tools you need to make a real difference in the world and to those around you.
This course will not only develop your mathematical and practical skills and your understanding of teaching, learning and education; it will also allow you to share your enthusiasm to inspire others. With the support of dedicated and professional staff, you will study numerous aspects of both pure and applied mathematics and, in doing so, gain a good overall appreciation for the subject. There are also opportunities to work with the latest teaching technologies and apply your knowledge and skills in appropriate work placements.
Here at BGU, the learning experience is very different to larger universities where mathematics is typically lectured to large groups. Our tutors are very accessible and you can be sure you’ll receive all the support you need. You’ll be encouraged to understand and enjoy mathematics rather than be pressured to remember rules and algorithms, and the content is balanced to provide a good grounding in pure and applied mathematics.
We have experienced and dedicated staff who are passionate about mathematics and will work extremely hard to transmit that enthusiasm to you. This course is ideal if you take satisfaction from solving problems and would love to pass on your enthusiasm to others.
About Mathematics at BGU
This course will give you the opportunity to see the many applications of mathematics in everyday situations and, because we offer this as a joint-honours degree, you will be able to apply your knowledge to other areas, such as Education, Special Educational Needs & Inclusion or Sport. You’ll develop a detailed knowledge and deep conceptual understanding in a range of mathematical topics including complex numbers, matrices, algebraic techniques, algorithmic methods, probability and calculus.
With relatively small numbers, this course is particularly suited to those who enjoy working in small groups, discussing mathematics and enjoy regular support and guidance from tutors.
As part of the course, you will be encouraged to understand and communicate concepts to others and you will learn how to apply your work to practical situations, using appropriate mathematical tools and models to aid with real-life problem-solving.
A large amount of the course is dedicated to practical workshops, where you can work through exercises and problems with others along with your tutor. Your sessions will be interactive, with plenty of time to ask questions, discuss ideas and practise worked examples. Outside taught sessions, you will have the opportunity for one-to-one tutorials and, if there’s ever anything you need to discuss, your tutor will be available to give you advice.
What You Will Study
Your first-year modules will build on your previous study and provide you with many opportunities to practice and develop your algebraic skills. You will revisit a number of familiar topics, such as algebra and calculus, and use some of the latest teaching technologies to assist with your understanding. We aim, not only to guide you but to develop your confidence so that you will be well placed to undertake more advanced studies. You will also be introduced to mathematical theories that you are probably less familiar with, such as complex numbers and matrices. These theories form the building blocks for an informed study of mathematics and are applied continuously throughout your three-year course.
In the second year, the modules begin to branch out into pure and applied aspects of mathematics. You will develop a greater awareness of the subject as familiar concepts are applied in less familiar situations. Your study of pure mathematics will extend to three-dimensions. Patterns and processes that are already familiar to you will have greater generality and have immediate everyday application in a three-dimensional world. For example, how do we differentiate or integrate with three variables and what would that mean? Given your considerable armoury of mathematical tools, you will be well placed to undertake some mathematical modelling. This work will address a variety of topical issues such as global warming, population growth, the spread of diseases and bodies in motion. You will also undertake an interdisciplinary study of statistics, which will involve the interpretation and check for significant features in a large data set.
By the final year of your studies, you will have acquired a considerable body of mathematical knowledge and have developed a number of study skills. As such, you will be presented with opportunities to further develop as an independent enquirer. For the Independent Study module, you will choose a topic for investigation in consultation with your tutor. This study will address the history of mathematics with regard to something old or something new. For example: What is a fractal? How can chaos be mathematical? You will also undertake advanced studies in some very specific mathematical disciplines. Studies in Differential Equations will complement previous work in aspects of calculus and modelling. There is also a module in mathematical pedagogy; a study of how learners actually learn mathematics.
Assessment comes in a variety of forms depending on the nature of the module. This enables students to express themselves in particular areas of strength. Theoretical aspects are usually assessed by assignment or examination, while the more practical modules are assessed by portfolio or presentation. Taught sessions mainly involve interactive-style seminars and workshops, where informal assessment opportunities enable the individual to gauge their own progress and access help if required. You will work with other students in completing work set in class and in preparing for work-based practical tasks. – See more at: http://www.bishopg.ac.uk/study/ug/maths/#sthash.KtrM0v8f.dpuf
What Our Students Say
“I decided to study this course at BGU as I have always enjoyed maths and wanted to help encourage students to enjoy the subject. I would recommend maths at BGU as it’s an exceptional course and a great university to be at.”
Emma, Education Studies and Mathematics graduate
Careers and Further Study
Graduates of this course are highly marketable individuals; mathematicians are in high demand! Most of our students apply to join our primary or secondary PGCE courses here at BGU (see our Postgraduate Courses for more information). However, you could choose another career pathway such Business and Finance, Science and Engineering, Research and Educational Management.
Possible future careers for Mathematics graduates may include:
- Teacher training
- Research and development
Successful graduates of this course have also continued to study for higher degrees, with many choosing to pursue further study in the field of education. Those wishing to pursue a career in primary or secondary teaching will need to take one of a variety of teacher training courses either at BGU or elsewhere, subject to separate application.
Fees and Funding
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.
How To Apply
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.
Complex Numbers and Matrices are introduced and a study of their basic algebraic and geometric properties follows. These objects are encountered routinely in advanced mathematics and will become vital tools that you will be expected to apply competently throughout your degree.
Enhancing Algebra with ICT
This module focuses on developing your current knowledge and understanding of algebra and graphs through various applications of ICT. Appropriate software will be used to investigate and develop algebraic skills and guide you towards a deeper understanding through visualisation. There will be an opportunity for you to apply your skills and knowledge in an upper-secondary school setting.
Calculus with Geometric Applications
This module seeks to extend your current knowledge and understanding of differential calculus into two and three-dimensional space. The basic notions of rate-of-change, as taught in the GCE/ A Level curriculum, are reviewed then extended to more general forms with applications that can be visualised in the everyday three-dimensional world. ICT is used as a computational tool and to assist with the visualisation.
Modelling and Methods
This module will adopt a variety of basic mathematical methods in the modelling of phenomena regularly encountered in the physical world. Deterministic models will initially be restricted to numeric methods and manipulation of simple algebraic expressions. More advanced models will employ first-order differential equations. Stochastic models will also be applied in applications of conditional probability. You will be expected to select and apply appropriate models, and make predictions.
Measuring and Interpreting the World
This module will address the interpretation of statistics in an educational context. Given large sets of data, looking for significant differences or trends that may imply features in a wider population. A range of techniques is addressed that can be applied in numerous subject disciplines.
Modelling with Differential Equations
This module continues the theme of applying mathematics to real world phenomena, as established in previous modules, but extends the models to employ more advanced mathematical methods of Differential Equations. You will be able to engage in various individual or group projects, where appropriate models are designed and applied in a number of physical situations.
Mathematical Pedagogy and Educational Practice
This module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary issues in mathematics and how they apply in a range of settings. You will be expected to adopt a reflective approach to learning and teaching and be able to critically analyse your own work and that of peers. You will also access the latest interactive learning resources and evaluate their effectiveness.
Dr Barry Ablitt – Academic Coordinator for Mathematics
Barry Ablitt coordinates the undergraduate programmes in Mathematics and teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the focus of his current research is on pedagogical aspects of mathematical subject knowledge. Barry served in the Royal Air Force for 22 years, initially as an Air Traffic Controller before moving into the field of training and development. He gained a PhD in Theoretical Mechanics from the University of Nottingham where he was a Teaching Fellow prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2000.
Barry coordinates the design and delivery of the undergraduate subject of Mathematics. Teaching interests include the development of undergraduate subject knowledge, particularly in applications of calculus. He has also taught extensively on the Secondary PGCE and GTP programmes, working closely with mathematics departments in local schools.
Head of School
Dr Graham Basten – Head of School of Social Sciences
Graham holds a PhD from the UK Government’s Institute of Food Research and has researched and lectured extensively over the past 10 years on clinical biochemistry, nutrition and folate at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham (UK). He was previously Acting Head at the School of Allied Health Science at De Montfort University (DMU) and a DMU Teacher Fellow. As a principal lecturer in Clinical Chemistry, he has written four textbooks and published several journal articles. Graham has completed the award winning DMU Leadership, Management and Development Programme, as well as a series from the LFHE. He is an advocate of authentic leadership, 360 feedback, action learning sets and SDI.