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BA (Hons) Education and Mathematics course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Your Launchpad sessions

The Faculty of Education have organised a number of virtual Launchpad sessions. Although not all of these sessions will be relevant to your specific degree, you may find a number of these sessions useful.


Suggested reading

You will be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.

However, there are some key books which will prove useful for your studies in education. The two books below are core textbooks and it would be beneficial for you to have your own copies of them and to have read the opening chapters of each:

  • Introduction to Education Studies, 5th Edition by Steve Bartlett & Diana Burton. London, Sage
  • Sociology of Education, by Tomas Boronski and Nasima Hassan. London, Sage

You might also find the following books useful to engage with before the start of the course for education:

  • An Introduction to the Study of Education, by David Matheson. 2015. London, Routledge
  • Understanding and using challenging education theories, by Karl Aubrey and Alison Riley. 2017. London, Sage

And for mathematics:

  • Discrete Mathematics: an open introduction. By O. Levin. 2019. University of Northern Colorado.
  • Everyday calculus: Discovering the hidden math all around us. By O. Fernandez. 2017. Princeton University Press.
  • An introduction to algebraic structures. By J. Landin. 2012. Courier Corporation.

Free online course

This FREE course will support students in making the transition to university as smooth as possible, through consolidation of essential A level Mathematics skills across a wide range of the subject content. The course enables students to learn more about topics they will meet in their first-year studies and provides opportunities to explore topics in greater depth using suggestions for wider reading.

Access the free online course

Useful websites

To prepare for this course, you should keep up to date with education news in the mainstream media. The most popular and frequently updated sources are:

You might also reflect on the push for mastery of mathematics in schools: what are your thoughts on this?

  • NCETM (the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics)

Your preparation tasks

We’ve created a selection of tasks which will help you to prepare for your course. We recommend that you keep your responses and notes together in a portfolio of pre-course work as they may well come in useful in the future.

Task 1 – Educational processes in mathematics

Task 2 – Engage with debates

Task 3 – Inclusion and diversity

Task 4 – Technology


Meet your programme leader:


Additional ways to prepare

Preparing to start

This session examines how to make a successful transition to university. From planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you and general advice on uni life.

Watch the session

Find out more about who you are

The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

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