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BA (Hons) Education and Mathematics course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your BA (Hons) Education and Mathematics studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.

Suggested reading

You’ll 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.

In the meantime, you might like to begin your reading before starting your degree. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we recommend the two books below. These 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

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