Education and Mathematics 

(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Education and Mathematics.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

Education at Keele is distinctive because of its strong focus on contemporary issues in education and policy making. Studying education means considering its relationship to the economy, its historical evolution, its impact on people’s life chances and identities, how education is organised, and how learners learn. Keele goes even further by placing education in a very contemporary and even future focused context, exploring the ways in which the world of education is changing and looking at education from philosophical, historical, psychological, cultural and sociological perspectives. This course examines changing ideas about childhood, learning, schooling and education, and factors such as poverty, social policies and digital technologies which impact on these.

Our teaching is excellent, as evidenced by Mathematics at Keele having been consistently ranked in the top ten in the UK in the National Student Survey. On this course you will explore the beauty, elegance and practicality of pure mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. You will learn to use maths to develop precise and logical arguments, construct rigorous proofs, and formulate solutions to new problems. You will study in an intellectually stimulating environment amongst mathematicians producing world-leading research.

What will this mean for my future?

Our undergraduate Education programme is not a teacher-training course per se, but a study of education itself. However, the course does open up a range of opportunities in settings from pre-school to adult learning, as well as in a variety of other contexts. On graduating you might work in the social services, in health, or in local or central government. The course also sets you up well for further professional study to qualify in areas such as teaching, social work or the legal profession.

Mathematics helps you to take novel approaches to problem solving and make critical interpretations of data and text; your skills will be in demand wherever there’s a need for logical thinking. An extremely wide range of career paths is open to mathematicians, where high levels of mathematical ability are desirable. This can include fields of work as diverse as finance, data analytics, teaching, engineering, medical statistics and management consultancy.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Understanding Learning
  • Childhood, Policy and Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Too Poor to Learn: Poverty, Education and Social Policy 
  • World Musics 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Popular Music

Second Year

  • Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education 
  • Play, Power and Pedagogy 
  • Issues in Public Education 
  • Unheard Melodies? Music in the Narrative Film 
  • Indian Music 
  • Chamber Music 
  • Music in the Community (work placement module)

Third Year

  • Educating for Global Citizenship 
  • The Making of Professionals 
  • Education, Work, Identity 
  • Higher Education 
  • Recital or Composition in Music 
  • Music, Conflict and Social Change 
  • Dissertation

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Mathematics - A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. Combined Honours Mathematics students must study 60 Mathematics credits in each academic year. This document has information about Mathematics modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

15

45

45

0

0

3*

0

60

60

0

0

* in year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Education Year 1 (Level 4)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Understanding Learning

15

Childhood, Policy and Education

15

Education in Britain: past, present, future

15

Back to the Future: Issues in the History of Schooling

15

   

Digital Technologies: Rethinking Learning and Teaching

15

   

Too Poor to Learn? Poverty, Education

and Social Policy

15

   

Elective module  

15

 

Mathematics

Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Algebra

30

None

 

Calculus

30

   

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Education Year 2 (Level 5)

All students must take two compulsory modules and one optional module. The remaining 15 credits can be obtained by either taking another optional module or an elective module.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Education Matters: Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education

15

Play, Power and Pedagogy

15

Research Strategies and Methods in Education*

15

Reflective Teaching: critical and reflective approaches to teaching in secondary

education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Issues in Public Education

15

   

Comparative Education

15

   

Special Education

15

   

Education Placement

15

   

Elective module

15

* Students taking Education as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Education and Sociology, students studying Education and Sociology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Mathematics Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Differential Equations

15

Probability

15

   

Analysis I

15

   

Computational Mathematics

15

   

Complex Variable I and Vector Calculus

15

   

Dynamics

15

   

Mathematical Modelling

15

   

Abstract Algebra

15

   

Analysis II

15

   

Introduction to Mathematics Education

15

   

Optional Modules: in each semester students take two 15-credit modules

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Education Year 3 (Level 6)

Students can choose to do a) one compulsory module and one optional module, b) minimum 3 optional modules and one elective or c) 4 optional modules (options b) and c) suitable for students who wish to do a dissertation in their second subject)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research

Project, or equivalent) in either of the two

subjects

30

The Making of Professionals: Education,

Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Education for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

 

Mathematics Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Nonlinear Differential Equations

15

Linear Algebra

15

Partial Differential Equations

15

Complex Variable II

15

Group Theory

15

Waves

15

Number Theory

15

Medical Statistics

15

Professional Mathematics

15

Mathematical Biology

15

Applied Time Series

15

Ring and Field Theory

15

Linear Statistical Models

15

Codes and Cryptography

15

Metric Spaces and Topology

15

Introduction to Mathematics Teaching     

15

Graph Theory

15

Project

15

Fluid Mechanics

15

Medical Statistics Project

30

Optional Modules: students normally choose two 15-credit modules in each semester. The choice will depend on any timetabling restrictions and will be subject to the student having met the necessary prerequisites. Some modules may not be available every year.

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Education in your final year you will study the following modules:

You will be required to take the compulsory module and 4 optional modules. You will be able to obtain the remaining 30 credits by either a) taking further optional modules or electives approved for Education or b) by taking optional and elective modules from your second subject.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation (Independent research project)

30

The Making of Professionals:

Education, Health and Social Work

15

   

Higher Education: Policy and the Student Experience

15

   

Education, Work and Identity

15

   

Educating for Global Citizenship

15

   

Race, Politics and Education

15

   

Inclusive Education

15

   

School Engagement and Outreach

15

   

Elective module

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az