
BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics, and an insight into different teaching approaches. Designed primarily with teachers  or aspiring teachers  in mind, it will develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of mathematics and statistics, and broaden your ideas about how people learn and use mathematics. You'll also gain a good grounding in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. The BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning can also help you gain recognition from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
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Key facts Q46  360 credits  There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree, but we offer four pathways, depending on your interests and your experience and confidence with mathematics. In order to complete your studies at Level 3 in this degree, you will need access to learners of mathematics working at Key Stages 2 to 4.  Our fees depend on where you are ordinarily resident. We have a range of funding options to help you with payment. When you apply to study we will tell you the fee and funding options that are available to you. Before you apply you can read What you can expect to pay. 
Career relevance and employability You'll be well placed for a career in teaching mathematics, or for a career that requires communicating mathematically. This degree will also equip you with the mathematical skills and knowledge required for a range of jobs in government, business, accountancy, banking, management and administration, and the voluntary sector. It will contribute to you gaining Chartered Mathematician status from the professional body, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and some of the modules in this degree give exemption from specific Royal Statistical Society examinations. You can view or download our Recognition leaflet 3.6 and Recognition leaflet 3.11 for further information. It's widely accepted that a degree in statistics and the mathematical sciences particularly enhances the following transferable and much soughtafter skills:  Communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
 Explaining mathematical ideas to others
 Understanding complex mathematical texts
 Working with abstract concepts
 Thinking logically
 Expressing problems in mathematical language
 Constructing logical arguments
 Working on openended problems
 Finding solutions to problems
 Interpreting mathematical results in realworld terms
 Analysing / interpreting data
 Using professional and relevant software.
There's more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.
Educational aims The programme aims that you should:  be able to understand the notion of a mathematical approach
 have a foundation in mathematics, statistics and mathematics education
 be able to use mathematical thinking in a range of situations
 be aware of the ways that people learn mathematics
 have an awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning of mathematics.
You should acquire both of the following:  familiarity with the essential ideas of pure mathematics and the ability to recognise a rigorous mathematical proof
 an ability to apply the main tools of applied mathematics (including mathematical methods, mathematical modelling and numerical analysis).
You should:  be able to use a modern mathematical computer software package
 be aware of some uses of modelling in real world situations
 be able to follow complex mathematical arguments, and to create short arguments of your own
 experience study in some breadth and depth in mathematics and mathematics education
 develop the capability for manipulating abstract concepts
 be able to communicate mathematical and statistical ideas, arguments and conclusions effectively
 acquire the skills necessary to use mathematics in employment.
Learning outcomes Knowledge and understanding You will know and understand:  the basic elements of linear algebra, analysis and group theory; the basic concepts behind, and the application of, mathematical methods for differential equations, vector calculus, multivariable functions, numerical analysis, Newtonian mechanics and mathematical modelling; basic methods for analysing data, probability models and statistical inference
 the mathematical and/or statistical concepts and methods included in the chosen electives.
You will develop an understanding of:  the role of mathematical thinking
 some current issues in mathematics education
 different theories relating to the teaching and learning of mathematics
 connections between different mathematical topics, between mathematics and other subjects and between mathematics and the world.
Cognitive skills You will be able to demonstrate:  an ability in mathematical and statistical manipulation and calculation
 an ability to assemble relevant information for proofs and construct appropriate mathematical arguments, and exercise judgment in selection and application of a wide range of mathematical and statistical tools and techniques
 an ability to create appropriate mathematical and statistical models and draw justifiable inferences
 qualitative and quantitative problemsolving skills
 an ability to reason with abstract concepts
 an ability to approach mathematical problems and tasks in a flexible way.
Practical and/or professional skills You will be able to:  apply mathematical and statistical concepts and principles
 analyse and evaluate criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems and plan strategies for their solutions
 use information technology with confidence to acquire and present mathematical and statistical knowledge and data, to model and solve problems and to develop mathematical and statistical insight
 develop and use mathematical resources effectively with learners
 recognise opportunities where learners can be encouraged to develop their mathematical thinking.
Key skills You will be able to:  apply appropriate mathematical and numeracy skills
 become an independent learner
 communicate relevant information accurately and effectively, using a form, structure and style that suits the purpose
 use and apply mathematical and statistical software and information technology
 use skills to improve own learning and performance to the extent that you are prepared for lifelong learning after graduation
 articulate personal strengths and weaknesses in teaching and learning mathematics.
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