‘I love teaching new maths teachers, but I particularly enjoy working on this programme. I never cease to be amazed by the way in which our undergraduates manage to combine brilliant subject knowledge with a passion for teaching, and our alumni have gone on to make huge contributions to local schools, including taking up posts as head of department. Maths teachers are like gold dust anyway, and our schools look out for the BSc students in particular.’
In the first year you will study the following core modules at the University of Kent:
This module will introduce the student to the basic concepts of statistics.
Calculus and Mathematics Modelling
In the first part of the course we take a calculus approach to mathematical analysis and provide rigorous proofs of various fundamental results in classical analysis. In the second part the calculus techniques are used to solve differential and difference equations; numerous applications are discussed.
Proofs and Numbers
Numbers and proofs are central notions in modern mathematics that have found applications in many other sciences, but also in our everyday life. In this course you will be introduced to some of the fundamental results in number theory, and gain an appreciation of the concept of proof in mathematics.
Matrices and Probability
This module consists of two parts (a) Probability and (b) Matrices.
The first part introduces the main concepts in elementary probability theory, and lays the foundations for the Statistics module MA306 which follows, and the more advanced treatment in modules MA529 (Probability and Statistics for Actuarial Science) and MA629 (Probability and Inference) in the second year. The second part serves as an introduction to matrix algebra and the ideas of linear spaces starting with the systematic solution of systems of linear equations.
This module introduces you to modern means of exploring mathematics: powerful software tools for symbolic and numerical computing, relevant key skills for presenting mathematical results, and the de-facto standard language for typesetting mathematical texts. The module contains three research-led projects in experimental mathematics. In this module, you will see Mathematics that you would not see anywhere else!
From Geometry to Algebra
The concept of symmetry is one of the most fruitful ideas through which mankind has tried to understand order and beauty in nature and art. This course first develops the concept of symmetry in geometry. It subsequently discusses links with the fundamental notion of a group in algebra.
In the second year you will study the mathematics modules at University of Kent and the mathematics education modules at Canterbury Christ Church University. The core modules you will study are:
The concept of a limit is basic to Calculus and, unless this concept is defined precisely, uncertainties and paradoxes will creep into the subject. Based on the foundation of the real number system, this module develops the theory of convergence of sequences and series and the study of continuity and differentiability of functions. The notion of Riemann integration is also explored.
This module is a sequel to First Year Algebra. It considers the abstract theory of Linear spaces together with applications to matrix algebra and other areas of Mathematics (and its applications).
Mathematics Learner and Teacher
An introduction to teaching mathematics at secondary level that is assessed via an assignment and written journal.
Introduction to Professional Placement
This module encompasses the two placements completed during Year 2 - one in the role of Teaching Assistant and the other enabling you to teach some classes. It is assessed through a Record Of Development.
During the second year there are also a number of optional modules that are likely to be available at the University of Kent. These may include:
- Mathematical Techniques and Differential Equations
- Regression Models
- Linear Programming and its Application
- Number Theory
- Computational Mathematics
- Mathematical Modelling
- Groups and Rings
- Functions of Several Variables
- Probability and Inference
During this year you will study the following core modules at Canterbury Christ Church University:
Individual Project In Mathematics
A dissertation researching into an area of mathematics of your own choice that is negotiated with the support of your tutor.
Curriculum Studies: Mathematics
This module equips you to teach mathematics and considers all key aspects of mathematics pedagogy. It is assessed through an assignment and journal review that are equally weighted.
Professional Placement (1)
This module is based on your first school placement and is assessed via coursework comprising of a Record of Development.
Professional Placement (2)
This module encompasses your final school placement.
The focus of this module is teaching and learning and it considers generic issues such as how children learn and behaviour for learning. It is assessed via a portfolio of work and an assignment that are equally weighted.