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Education and Mathematics BA (Hons)

UCAS code: XG11

Numbers and theories. Logic and opinions. Our education and mathematics degree unites your love for problem-solving while satisfying your thirst for knowledge. Uncover how we teach across all age groups. Unpick a range of mathematical disciplines and master reasoning skills.


Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2024
September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Secondary and Further Education
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By studying education and mathematics, you’ll combine your love for numbers with your curiosity about how schools teach. Cover the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. At the same time, get to grips with mathematical disciplines and reasoning skills.

Differential and integral calculus. Linear algebra. Inferential statistics. Sound like interesting challenges to get stuck in to? Then you’ll love the mathematics modules on this course. We’ll put your skills to the test with problem-solving tasks and group work while introducing you to a range of software.

In your education modules, explore education as an engine for social justice, tackling inequality and championing diversity. Look at how our school and university systems have evolved. Examine how the past governments’ decisions have influenced the way we teach children and train adults. You’ll also examine the UK education system then compare it to education in Europe and beyond.

Course features

  • International students can apply

  • Learn a language option available

  • Work placement opportunity

What you'll study

Take a look at the policies and procedures that underpin the UK education system. Investigate the core disciplines of the history, philosophy, psychology and sociology of education. For your mathematics studies, we’ll introduce you to a mix of numerical and analytical techniques. Think discrete mathematics, differential calculus and algebraic structure. You’ll also build an understanding of key concepts and the mathematics behind modern-day solutions like Google Maps.

Compulsory modules:

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Algebraic Structure
Conceptions of Education: The UK Education System in Context
Differential Calculus
Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
Introduction to Education Studies

One of:

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Learning in a Diverse Society
Technology and its Place in Education
Language 1

Focus on developing your research skills in Year 2. Decide whether to go on placement or complete an extended study of an aspect of education. You’ll shape your study with optional modules. Maybe you’re interested in UK education over time or how it compares to other systems globally. Perhaps you’d prefer to explore education from a psychological perspective. In mathematics, uncover the applications of calculus and boost your understanding of statistical techniques and test-structures.

Compulsory modules:

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Applications of Calculus
Designing and Managing a Research Project
Inferential Statistics
Linear Algebra

Two of:

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Agency, Power and Change in Education
Education, Meaning and Understanding: Debates in the Philosophy of Education
How and Why We Learn: Explorations in the Psychology of Education
UK Education in its Global Contexts
Work Based Learning in Education
Work Related Learning in Education
Language 2

Critique and apply the concepts of leaders in the field while continuing your studies of the core areas of education. Look at education through a psychological and sociological lens. Then, you can decide to complete a dissertation to dig deeper. We’ll help you gain experience applying statistics to complex problem solving and research designs. You’ll also understand techniques of differential and integral calculus in multivariate settings.

Compulsory modules:

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Integral Calculus
Number Theory
Statistical Modelling

60 credits from:

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Current Debates in the Psychology of Education
Exploring Issues and Affecting Change in Education
Knowledge, Learning and Understanding
Understanding Education through Sociological Perspectives

Where your course includes optional modules, these are to provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.

How you'll study

The course is delivered through a combination of whole-group lecturers alongside small-group seminars and tutorials.

In Year 2 you will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement and engage in work-based learning. Placements will be in a variety of different settings in which education takes place, either formally in schools or informally in areas such as art galleries and museum, for example. Placements will be closely matched to your career aspirations.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods incorporate a variety of both traditional and innovative formats. There will be a blend of essays, website development work and class tests. You will be asked to produce and present work through a combination of wikis and blogs, or through video or live presentations. You will also create research posters reporting on the results of your investigations and be taught how to present your work in the format of professional magazine-style reports.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a team of lecturers who have a vast amount of both professional and academic experience. Members of the team include academics who research both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning in a host of contexts. Other members of the programme team offer a wealth of experience in teaching across all age-phases and a wide range of academic disciplines including mathematics.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points including A Level Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

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Exterior photograph of the Faculty of Education BuildingHoused in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.

Where you'll study

Faculty of Education


Tuition fees

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The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

After finishing this course, many of our graduates train to become maths teachers with a PGCE. You might decide to be a mathematics teacher in a secondary school or teach in primary schools and specialise in this area.

But you’ll have options outside the classroom. Galleries, zoos and museums are just few examples of where engaging educators are needed. Designing training for the corporate world is an option too. Or, if you’re keen to develop your expertise further, you could complete a taught or research Master’s.

Typical roles our graduates secure include:

  • teaching at early years foundation stage, primary, secondary or further education through postgraduate teacher training
  • Learning Mentor
  • Education Administrator
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Education Counsellor
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Social/Community Worker
  • Prison Educator
  • International Development Worker
  • Training Organiser

Where will your education and mathematics degree take you?

Personal tutor sessions will focus on reviewing your progress towards graduate level employment, with leadership skills built into every module so that you feel confident leading teams, working in groups and managing projects. Dedicated employability sessions in each year of study will guide you in writing a CV, producing a professional LinkedIn profile, and compiling an electronic portfolio that evidences your graduate skills.

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