Biology & Mathematics Education

Course Information

BSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) & MSc (NFQ Level 9)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200 BBB
CAO Points Range 2016: 510 - 625
Length of Course: 5 Years (BSc 4 years & MSc 1 year)
Average Intake: 402

Leaving Certificate:

Passes in six subjects including English, Irish, Mathematics (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent), one laboratory science subject (Min O3/H6 in LC or equivalent. Applied Mathematics or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject.) & two other recognised subjects.

You must obtain a minimum of Grade H5 in two subjects and a minimum of Grade O6/H7 in the remaining four subjects

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in biology and mathematics, and think you might like to teach these subjects at post-primary level, then this course may be for you. It’s designed so that from the start you study biology and mathematics, along with education, in an integrated manner. In third year, you’ll gain teaching experience by completing placements (which we find for you) in a post-primary school and as a third-level tutor.

The four-year BSc in Biology, Mathematics and Education leads directly to the one-year MSc in Mathematics and Science Education. On completion of both degrees you are fully qualified to teach post-primary Biology and Mathematics to Higher Level Leaving Certificate Level and Science to Junior Certificate Level.

 

KEY FACTS
The five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland. Placements are integrated into this course from first year with year-long placements at two different post-primary schools during the final two years of the course

Career & Graduate Study Opportunities

On completion of the BSc, students have guaranteed entry to the MSc in Mathematics & Science Education, provided they have achieved a GPA of 3.08. This is equivalent to a 2.1 Honours.

Placements are integrated into this course from first year. In particular, during the last two years of the course, students are assigned year-long placements at two different post-primary schools. These placements are designed so that students not only obtain teaching experience, but also gain a whole-of-school experience through participating in parent-teacher meetings, timetabling, etc. The complete five-year course is fully accredited by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

What Will I Study

This is a sample pathway for Biology & Mathematics Education.

First Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Chemistry & Physics
  • Elective modules

Second Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • School Placement – one placement in a post-primary school, and one placement as a third-level tutor..

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Biology & Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Biology & Mathematics

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First Year
Second Year

Third Year

Testimonial

“Since secondary school, I was always interested in becoming a Maths and Biology teacher. I decided to study Science in UCD because the DN200 course allows you to keep your options open until the end of second year. You therefore don’t have to decide your career path straight after the Leaving Cert. Having taken the Maths and Biology Education modules in First and Second year I have made my decision to become a teacher. The education modules are interactive and enjoyable and I am looking forward to pursuing this education pathway to MSc level.”

Deirdre Creegan, Student