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Bachelor of Science (Education) in Mathematics and Computer Science

Bachelor of Science (Education) in Mathematics and Computer Science
NFQ Level 8 major Award Honours Bachelor Degree

CAO points history:
402
Course code:
LM097
Duration:
4 Years

Course leader:
Dr Niamh O'Meara
Email: Tel:
061234908
Admissions:
Tel: 00 353 61 202015
Queries: www.ul.ie/admissions-askus
 
 

Please note that the first intake for this course will be in September 2020

About You

If you are interested in Mathematics, Computer Science and understanding how these disciplines underpin modern technology, as well as having a flair for working with people, then this course might be for you. 

Did You Know?

The School of Education at UL is one of the largest suppliers of teachers in Ireland. As a graduate of LM097, you will be amongst the first teachers qualified to teach Computer Science in Ireland.

Why Study This Programme?

UL's School of Education is the largest post-primary teacher education provider in the state and is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world for Education programmes. University of Limerick is also ranked within the top 75 universities in Europe for excellence in teaching and learning.

This degree, with a specialism in teaching Mathematics and Computer Science, is designed to produce graduates with the mathematical knowledge and skills to satisfy the needs of Irish Second-level schools in teaching the Maths curriculum. Graduates will also be qualified to teach the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum, as well as short courses in coding and digital literacy for junior cycle. 

The School of Education at UL is one of the largest suppliers of teachers in Ireland. As a graduate of this programme, you will be;

  • Equipped with the skills necessary to teach a brand new Leaving Cert subject;
  • Amongst the first teachers qualified to teach Computer Science in Ireland;
  • Highly skilled in IT and Mathematics should you choose not to teach;
  • Well placed to avail of many opportunities for further study in UL and elsewhere, stemming from the programme.

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What you will study

The course is four years in duration and offers streams in the following subject areas:

  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science

In relation to mathematics, you will study topics including Differential and Integral Calculus; Statistics and Probability; Algebra and Geometry, all of which is in line with Teaching Council requirements for mathematics teachers. For Computer Science, students on the course will study topics in Programming; Software Development; Web Development; Computer Graphics and Data Structures and Algorithms and will consider best international practice in the field of Computer Science. Education modules on the programme will help develop your understanding of how young people learn; contemporary issues in education; classroom practices; planning for learning; inclusive education and curriculum and policy issues. The course also includes two blocks of school placement where students will spend time in schools teaching both mathematics and computer science to all year groups.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Algebra & Discrete Mathematics 1 Algebra & Discrete Mathematics 2
Calculus 1 Calculus 2
Introduction to Programming Software Development
Introduction to Model-Driven Development Educational Technology for Teaching and Learning
Contemporary Understanding and Thinking on Education Understanding Young People and How They Learn
Semester 3 Semester 4
Linear Algebra 1 School Placement
Object Oriented Development Subject Pedagogy 1
Database Systems  
Planning for Learning  
Understanding Classroom Practices  
Semester 5 Semester 6
Analysis Statistics for Computing
Geometry Introduction to Web Development
Software Testing and Inspection Data Structures and Algorithms
Curriculum and Policy Studies Inclusive Education 2: Special Education Needs
Inclusive Education1: Contemporary Perspectives Subject Pedagogy
Semester 7 Semester 8
School Placement 2 Groups and Algebraic Structures
  Differential Equations
  Computer Graphics
  Best Practice Internationalism
  Teacher as Professional

Entry requirements

CAO points history 402
Minimum grades

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include:

  • Two H5 (Higher level) grades and four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher level) grades.
  • Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English.
  • Applicants must hold a H4 grade in mathematics.
Subject requirements
Additional considerations

Students admitted to the programme are required to undergo a Garda Vetting process.

We welcome applications from mature students. Mature applicants must apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February.

Fees & funding

Student course fees are broken into three components - Student contribution, Student Centre Levy and Tuition Fees.

A number of illustrative examples of fees for this course based on the current fee levels have been set out in the tables below.

An explanation of the components, how to determine status and the criteria involved is provided below the examples as is a list of possible scholarships and funding available.

EU Students with Free fees status in receipt of a SUSI grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
SUSI paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

EU Students with Free fees status not in receipt of a grant

HEA paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Students with EU fee status not in receipt of a grant

Student paysTuition Fees€4,262
Student paysStudent contribution€3,000
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€7,354

Non-EU Students

Student paysTuition Fees€16,373
Student paysStudent Centre Levy€92
€16,465

Student course fees are comprised of three components:

Student Contribution

Annual charge set by the government for all full-time third level students. All students are liable unless they have been approved for a grant by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please refer to https://www.studentfinance.ie to determine your eligibility for a grant and for instructions on how to apply. The curent student contribution is set at €3000.

Student Centre Levy

All students are liable to pay the Student Centre Levy of €90. Please note the Student Centre Levy is not covered by the SUSI Grant.

Tuition Fees

These are based on Residency, Citizenship, Course requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

Depending on how you meet these criteria your status will be one of the following -

More information about fees can be found on the Finance website

 

These scholarships are available for all courses

Title Award Scholarships available
Plassey Campus Centre Scholarship Programme
All Ireland Scholarships - sponsored by J.P. McManus
€6,750
125
Higher Education Grants & VEC Grants
Financial Aid Fund
Elaine Fagan Scholarship
€5,000
5
Stuart Mangan Scholarship
Provincial GAA Bursaries Scheme
€750
The Michael Hillery and Jacinta O’Brien Athletics Scholarship
Various benefits equating to over €7,000 in value
Paddy Dooley Rowing Scholarship
€2,500
UL Sports Scholarships
Varies depending on level of Scholarship
Multiple
Cooperative Education Award
1 award per faculty
UL 40 Entrance Scholarship
€2,000
40

Your future career

Graduates will be eligible for appointment to all second-level schools (vocational, secondary, community and comprehensive). Graduates will be able to teach Mathematics, Computer Science and Coding. 

Follow-On Study

Graduates have the opportunity to pursue further study in the disciplines of Mathematics, Computer Science, or Education. There are a number of taught Masters degrees in UL. In addition, graduates can register for higher degrees by research in either Mathematics Education or Computer Science Education that lead to Masters or PhD qualifications.