Why study this course
This is a highly practical degree, teamed with the theory you will need to succeed. Gain up to 9 weeks of experience within work-based placements.
You'll gain invaluable classroom practice and will have flexible opportunities to experience other educational settings.
Study university mathematics through interactive workshops
Small group teaching offers supportive opportunities for collaboration and discussion
If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.
Studying Education Studies at BGU will provide you with an excellent understanding of education in its widest sense, nationally and globally, and is a great choice if you are interested in a career in teaching or are thinking about working in other education-related areas.
Mathematics is vital in modern society, underpinning our understanding of the sciences, engineering, technology, finance and many other aspects of our everyday lives. Mathematics graduates 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.
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
How do people learn? What gets in the way of learning? Where might people learn best – and how? Do we need schools? Is it possible to ‘school’ the world? Can education make a difference to human rights? Women's rights? Nationally? Globally? These are just some of the big questions that you will examine through studying Education Studies at BGU. We are proud of our highly contemporary, reactive and issues-based course that has been carefully designed to give you that ‘bigger’ picture of education in a global society. An Education Studies degree from BGU will equip you well for the future, no matter what your career destination, but if you are planning to go on to teach you will find that our modules will open your eyes to some different ways of thinking about education and its purpose and place in society.
Studying Education Studies with us will provide you with an excellent understanding of education in its widest sense, nationally and globally, and is a great choice if you are interested in a career in teaching or are thinking about working in other education-related areas. It will provide you with a deep and reflective knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in education, directly related to everyday practice. You’ll debate education policy, find out more about the drivers of educational change in England today and critically consider different approaches to schools and schooling, both within the UK and globally.
A key feature of Education Studies is a focus on you as a developing practitioner. You will be encouraged to develop a strong personal ideology of education and will be supported in the development of secure employability skills through our work-based placements. A number of core modules each year incorporate placements in schools or other education-related settings and carefully structured placement tasks will ensure that you gain valuable first-hand practical experience.
We want students who ask questions and discuss ideas so that you develop confidence in solving problems and thinking mathematically. We encourage you to understand and enjoy mathematics rather than memorise rules and procedures. We teach mathematics mainly through group workshops and offer a learning experience that is very different from larger universities.
Mathematics at BGU 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. We’ll help you to develop a detailed knowledge and deep conceptual understanding of a range of mathematical topics including complex numbers, matrices, algebraic techniques, algorithmic methods, probability and calculus. You’ll also learn how to apply your work to practical situations, using appropriate mathematical tools and technology to aid with real-life problem-solving.
You can be sure you’ll receive all the support you need. 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.
What will you study
During the course of your foundation year, you’ll cover the following modules:
In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.
You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.
This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.
Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.
The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.
This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.
Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.
Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.
You will be introduced to a range of major educational theorists and philosophers concerned with child development and learning, including Skinner, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner, Alexander and Rogoff, and the significant contributions of each. You will discuss and reflect upon your growing awareness of the developing child within the educational system and wider society, and of your own learning.
During this module, you will be introduced to the nature and purpose of education and some simple ideological frameworks. You will explore theories, issues and ideas concerning teaching and learning in contemporary classrooms, including the study of key factors affecting learning, such as ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status and the role of self-esteem and motivation.
Complex Numbers and Matrices are introduced in this module and a study of their basic algebraic and geometric properties follows. The existence of complex numbers is first established via the solution of quadratic equations, where no real solution can exist, and this study is extended to apply the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra in the more general solution of polynomial equations.
This module focuses on developing your knowledge and understanding of algebra and graphs through various applications of ICT. Studies of algebraic sequences and inequalities are used to introduce you to abstract notation and to facilitate practice with core algebraic skills, and this is then used to inform a study of infinite series and to establish the notion of “convergence”.
This module includes an examination of medical, deficit and social models and practice of inclusion through the examination of historical perspectives and analysis of current practice. You will undertake an examination of the implementation of education and social policies in practice in order to understand how adapted provision can meet a diverse range of needs within society.
In this module, you will explore key episodes in the development of educational ideas including Classical and Romantic ideas and twentieth century child-centred approaches. You will also explore the nature of education and how it is studied, including education as a theoretical, social and cultural construct.
This module will provide you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement or work experience. It will enable you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering you a valuable experience to draw on when presenting yourself to employers or selectors upon graduation.
This module seeks to extend your knowledge and understanding of differential calculus into two and three-dimensional space. The basic notions of rate-of-change, derivative and integral are revisited algebraically from first principles, and various key results are then extended to apply in two and three dimensions to provide you with a visual awareness of how these concepts apply to the physical world.
General concepts of mathematical modelling are introduced, which enables you to construct appropriate empirical models and to make predictions about real world phenomena. Fundamental laws of conditional probability are applied to appropriate probabilistic modelling situations, including Bayesian processes and Markov chains.
Core lectures and the seminar/workshop sessions will examine different aspects of quantitative enquiry, including, for example: the meaning of statistical data, raw data extraction and manipulation, correlation and deviation, inference and interpretation and graphic representation. You will consider the design, relevance, application and value of particular quantitative and statistical methods in relation to applied, global issue study contexts.
This highly responsive module provides you with a theoretical and critical understanding of key considerations in the development and implementation of curriculum policy, content and practice in schools today together with an appreciation of innovative practice in this area. It provides you with an opportunity to study this at first hand in placement settings.
During this module, you will explore a number of examples that illustrate issues in development education and global citizenship, examining the cultural and political contexts. You will also be introduced to international dimensions of education, as manifest in different countries, and explore global dimensions to the curriculum.
This independent study module provides an opportunity for you to build upon and apply the key intellectual, transferable and practical skills gained at Levels 1 and 2 of the programme to an appropriate study or research project. You will be directed towards making informed choices concerning topic, sample size, methodology and analytical techniques with a minimal amount of guidance and support in order to reach valid, reliable and sensible conclusions.
This module continues the theme of applying mathematics to real world phenomena, but extends the models to employ more advanced mathematical methods of Differential Equations. You will engage in various individual or group projects, where appropriate models are designed and applied in a number of physical situations.
You will research a number of current issues in mathematics education, including the appropriate application of ICT, common mathematical errors and misconceptions, active engagement strategies, developing programmes for learning, on-line resources and up-to-date curricular influences. Research findings are imparted to the main student group through student-led seminars, and for the purposes of practical work, you will critically analyse your own teaching and that of peers in practical teaching situations, as appropriate.
This module will focus on equipping you to undertake a small–scale research project. The specific topic is chosen in consultation with your supervisor; this is usually an aspect of the historical development of mathematics or some modern application.
Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.
Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.
You will also need A-Level Mathematics at grade D or above. We welcome a range of qualifications that meet this requirement, such as A/AS Levels, BTEC, Access Courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, Extended Project etc.
If you are asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the conditions of your offer, this must be completed prior to the start of your course at a cost of £57.20.
The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.
How you will be taught
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.
You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.
Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.
During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.
In Education Studies, assessment is carried out through coursework of different types, including essays, reports, oral presentations, multimedia presentations, reflective logs and portfolios. There are no examinations. You can expect to give one or two oral presentations or poster presentations as one of a small group of students throughout the course. You will gradually build up skills of multimedia presentation and third-year students currently present a short, assessed multimedia film to their peers. You will build up your writing skills steadily throughout the course and in the first year, you will complete a portfolio of shorter written pieces and two longer essays, receiving formative feedback from your tutors to help you build up your academic capabilities.
Assessment in Mathematics comes in a variety of forms depending on the nature of the particular module. This will enable you to build on your experience of assessment at school or college and develop further strengths in analysing and communicating mathematical arguments. Theoretical aspects are usually assessed by coursework or examination, while the more practical modules are assessed by portfolio or presentation. Taught sessions mainly involve interactive-style seminars and workshops, during which you will often work with other students. This style of working offers informal assessment opportunities and will enable you to gauge your own progress and access help if required.
Careers & Further study
Education Studies graduates enjoy very high levels of employability – the course facilitates your personal and professional employability skills through regular work based placements – and our students are in high demand. Currently, around 70% of our students complete a teacher training course and will go on to be highly successful Primary or Secondary teachers. An Education Studies degree from BGU means your career opportunities are diverse. In addition to careers in education, Education Studies graduates are well placed to work in other education related, health, social care, public information or communication sectors. The course provides good training for a role within business, service industries, personnel, museums, galleries or charities. The diverse nature of this course will also enable you to go onto further study such as postgraduate study on a masters degree.
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, however, you could choose another career pathway such as Business and Finance, Science and Engineering, Research and Educational Management. Possible future careers for Mathematics graduates may include Engineering, Statistics, Lecturing or Research and development.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.
We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
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 sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.
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.