Mathematics skills are highly relevant not only to the needs of business and industry but also to modern education. Start your studies with a foundation year so that you are fully prepared to succeed on this distinctive degree which opens up a wide range of career pathways.
- Mathematics has been ranked in the Top 30 in the Guardian University Guide 2019
- Take a foundation year if you feel you are not quite ready to join our three-year honours degree and would like to build your skills, knowledge and confidence first
- Combine a thorough understanding of concepts in mathematics, statistics and operational research with a critical awareness of educational issue
- Choose a course which leads to associate membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and represents the start of your journey towards Chartered Mathematician (C.Math) status
- Take an optional placement year for invaluable insights into how your knowledge and skills can be applied in the workplace
- Be inspired by our friendly, supportive lecturers who make learning maths fun
- Get involved in far-reaching projects such as the ALICE experiment, on which we are working in partnership with leading organisations at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research
- Develop high-level skills in problem solving, research and information technology, drawing on real-world scenarios
- Prepare for a fulfilling career: our graduates are now excelling everywhere from the teaching profession to the London Stock Exchange
- Become a highly employable graduate – we are ranked 15th highest among all UK universities and 12th for English institutions, with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree (HESA 2016)
You can also take the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education without a foundation year. Find out more.
Mathematics and Education make for a powerful combination of degree subjects. Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education will set you apart as a versatile and forward-looking graduate.
A firm foundation for success
If you choose to start the BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education with a foundation year, you will gain a solid introduction to your subjects while developing the academic abilities you need to study an honours degree.
The foundation year route is ideal if you have the ability and ambition to study with us but lack the entry requirements to join the full honours degree right now. It is also a great option if you have changed your mind about your career since you chose your A-levels or BTECs and need to improve your skills in a different subject area. From day one you will enjoy all the benefits of being a University of Derby student, plus extra support to help you build your knowledge, skills and confidence.
An impressive portfolio of skills
Throughout this course, you will gain a fundamental knowledge and understanding of concepts in mathematics, statistics and operational research while developing high-level skills in problem solving, research and information technology.
At the same time, you will build a critical awareness of educational issues. You will analyse key theoretical concepts in the study of education and can choose the education modules which match your particular interests and career aspirations.
As part of your studies, you will analyse and debate current educational policy, provision and methods within the UK and the European Union. We introduce you to the purposes, settings and character of education and educative processes so that you can understand the various types of education policy at both local and national levels. This includes analysing themes in terms of educational management, governance of schools and the directing and direction of the curriculum.
In particular, you will consider education structures, provision and issues of inequality in education, and will develop your awareness of how class, gender and ethnicity influence educational achievement.
Prestigious employer partnerships
We have wide-ranging links with locally-based international companies so we offer dynamic learning experiences where you can apply your knowledge to practical real-life situations.
The BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education also features an optional work placement year: our alumni often report that they found this to be the most rewarding part of the course. We take pride in the fact that our students have secured placements with prestigious companies such as IBM, Network Rail, Experian, Bosch, Pattonair, IQ Plus and Cable Detection.
Our Mathematics courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which means that you will be accepted for associate membership following graduation. This represents your first step towards becoming a Chartered Mathematician (C.Math). You will also be invited to events run by the East Midlands branch of the IMA.
Study abroad opportunities
During your studies, you could take advantage of the exciting opportunities presented by Erasmus Plus, a European scheme promoting mobility for students and staff in higher education.
You could consider studying for a semester or taking a placement at one of our selected Erasmus Plus partners. These include universities such as UBB Cluj and UAB University of Alba Iulia in Romania; Bogazici University in Turkey; the University of Maribor in Slovenia; or the University of Piraeus and the University of Macedonia in Greece.
You will also have the chance to attend lectures delivered by visiting staff from institutions that are linked to Derby through Erasmus Plus.
Manzal and Chandni went to Romania as part of an Erasmus placement, studying in Alba Iulia and working a placement at a company called IPEC, the leading ceramics supplier for IKEA. At university, they worked on data analysis and mathematical models, and would then go to IPEC to develop an automatic design and correction of new ceramics colours for the production line. They both gained a whole host of skills during their time there and outside of studying and working, they visited a variety of cities and took part in an array of activities, including paragliding! They also gained friends from different countries and learnt about different cultures, cuisines and languages.
“The traineeship was only two months long but it was a life changing experience. We would recommend that all students try the opportunity of studying abroad. As someone once told us, “money fills pockets, adventures fill souls”. Manzal Mohammad, BSc (Hons) Mathematics
Lectures are combined with tutorials for discussion, to encourage a deeper understanding and to develop your problem-solving skills. We also offer a weekly drop-in clinic where students can receive one-to-one help and support from dedicated and understanding staff. There are guest lectures by visiting staff from other institutions and you can also choose to study a semester abroad as part of our Erasmus scheme.
How you are assessed
You will be assessed through a mixture of examinations and coursework, including computational simulations, online tests, oral presentations, portfolio work and written reports.
September 2019 typical entry requirements
|UCAS points||72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)|
|Specific requirements at A-level||N/A|
|Specific requirements at GCSE|
GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.
|Interview / Audition||N/A|
Alternative entry qualifications:
- BTEC - MPP
- Pass Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2.
We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Many graduates from this course continue their studies by taking a PGCE and enter the teaching profession. They frequently enjoy rapid promotion: in just one example, a graduate was promoted to Head of Year within two years!
You can also expect to obtain employment in a variety of positions within modern business and industry where you can make full use of your mathematics degree. Recent graduates have gone on to work in the London Stock Exchange and as statistical or risk analysts in multinational organisations.
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† Additional information about your studies
Four years or five years with a placement year
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Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Use of specialist computing labs
- Access to software and equipment
- Access to free software from major software vendors such as SAS, Microsoft , Adobe , MATLAB and VMWare - some are available for student download
- Registration and travel to Careers Fairs
- Free IMA eStudent membership
- Industry speakers
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Independent Study dissertations are submitted electronically and as two bound printed copies. In that case, printing and binding expenses are covered by the student
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Not required but useful: personal computer and or tablet computer. From £200 upwards depending on specification
- Scientific calculator such as Casio FX85 series approx. £10
- Text books approx. £20
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.