Chemistry & Mathematics Education

Course Information

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

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200 CCS
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.

Special Entry Recommendations: We recommend that all students in Chemistry & Mathematics Education should have a minimum Grade H4 in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics, or equivalent.

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Why is this course for me?

If you’re interested in chemistry 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 chemistry 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 Chemistry, 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 Chemistry 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 Chemistry & Mathematics Education.

First Year

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

Second Year

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Education
  • Elective modules

Third Year

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

Fourth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Chemistry & Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement

First Year

Second Year

Third & Fourth Year

Testimonial

“I was always fascinated by the wonders in Science and the challenges in Maths. However, what I think I enjoyed most about these subjects was being able to help others get their heads around difficult concepts in both Maths and Science. With this in mind, UCD Science DN200 was the course for me. Top-notch staff and facilities allowed me to discover that teaching is the path I want to pursue. It’s great to be a part of the new generation of teachers which will lead the way in Maths and Science for years to come.”

Conor Moran, Student