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BEd Post-Primary Maths and Science

UCAS Code XG10

Course Structure:

The BEd (Post-Primary) course qualifies you to teach within the 11-19 age range and provides opportunities to develop transferable skills for employment in other educational/training settings. The programme has recently been reviewed in order to take account of recent curriculum initiatives in the post-primary sector.  The programme comprises the inter-related strands as shown above and offers a wide range of flexibility so that progress through the BEd is largely self-directed.

Years 1 and 2 of the course will be foundation years in which you will study common, compulsory modules in Education Studies and Professional Studies.  You will specialise in an academic subject (or combination of subjects), in Learning for Life and Work and in Literacy and Numeracy.  In order to help you to embrace successfully the challenges of study at undergraduate level, one module will have a Study Skills focus.

In Years 3 and 4, you will continue to specialise in your chosen academic subject (or combination of subjects) and choose from a range of additional specialist modules including the opportunity to select from a range of specialist options.  This flexibility aims to give you an opportunity to specialise in a particular chosen area, for example, in the area of Pastoral Care, Special Educational Needs, 14-16 Occupational Studies or Essential Skills.

Education and Professional Studies

Education and Professional Studies is offered in each year of the post-primary degree programme.  Students are taught using innovative methodologies in tutorials, workshops, seminars and lectures, where they critically consider evidence from a range of media such as visual media, electronic journals and library texts.  Each module has a particular focus (such as Assessment for Learning or Children with Special and Additional Needs) but throughout students are made aware of the primacy of the learner.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Minimum C in Maths, English & BB in Double Award Science          
GCE / VCE Grades BCC
GCE A Level Subjects Required Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry or Biology   
Access Not available  
Other Factors GCSE Profile, Interview,  Personal Statement,  Reference,  Relevant Structured Experience

Course Outline

This option for post-primary students was introduced for the first time in September 2006 in response to the continuing shortage of teachers of mathematics and science in the post-primary sector.  The BEd (Post-Primary) degree in Mathematics and Science will provide future teachers with the appropriate education and professional skills to enable them to meet the needs of our schools.

Learning & Teaching

Students are taught science in well-appointed laboratories where practical work is regarded as the principal method of teaching and learning.  The subject is delivered through practical investigations, problem-solving and experiments which highlight the importance and relevance of science in our everyday lives.

Mathematics is presented as a dynamic subject with an emphasis on flexibility of mind, increased enjoyment through understanding and imaginative teaching in schools.  Teaching for both science and mathematics consists of lectures, seminars and tutorials in a combination of both formal and informal settings. There is an emphasis on active learning and on exploring the benefits of digital technologies.

Course Content

The course covers both the academic and professional aspects of teaching mathematics and science. In the first two years the subjects are taught in equal amounts whilst in years three and four students may specialise further in science and/or mathematics or take modules that will provide the opportunity of undertaking a research project.