Chemistry, Mathematics & Education

Course Information

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

Full Time – Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN200
CAO Points Range 2019: 521
Length of Course: 5 Years (BSc 4 years & MSc 1 year)
Average Intake: 400

Leaving Certificate:

  • O2/H6 in Mathematics
  • O2/H6 in a laboratory science (Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or Geography may be used instead of a laboratory science subject) and
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish and two other recognised subjects

Special Entry Recommendations: We recommend that all students in Chemistry & Mathematics Education should have a minimum Grade H3 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 & 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. Care is taken to slowly introduce you to placements to enable you to build confidence before teaching a class of pupils.

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 module

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
  • Mathematics

Fifth Year

  • Education
  • School Placement
  • Research project

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“Science and Mathematics were always my favourite subjects in school and I knew I would study something Science related in third level education. Having always wanted to be a teacher, I realised that the Science, Maths and Education pathway was for me. I am quite lucky as I get to study my two favourite subjects, Chemistry and Mathematics, in depth. I am currently undertaking a placement in Third Year. It is an eight week observation/teaching placement that runs alongside my lectures and labs. It is extremely beneficial as I can see the theories and educational practices I have been learning over the last two years put into practice. It is an opportunity to prepare myself for the year-long placement in my final year.”

Conor Eivers Student

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