Science Education
DC203

Science Education

Course Details

CAO Code:
DC203
Course Type:
Undergraduate
NFQ Level:
- Please see www.qqi.ie for further information
Placement:
Yes
Delivery Mode:
Minimum Points
413
Duration:
yr
Phone:
+353 (0) 1
700 9258

If you love science and maths, and would like to share your enthusiasm, interest and knowledge with young people, you’ll thrive on the BSc in Science Education.

Overview

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Science and maths teachers work to develop their pupils’ understanding of the world around them and to educate future generations of scientists, engineers and technologists, not to mention citizens who are scientifically, mathematically and technically literate.

You’ll build a strong foundation in key areas of education, mathematics and either physics or chemistry, developing essential mathematical thinking skills, and scientific practices and ways of working throughout the four years. You’ll also study the history, psychology, sociology and philosophy of education, as well as undertaking curriculum studies.

Gaining practical real-world experience
During the course, you’ll spend at least 24 weeks on placement in post-primary schools and you can also complete a 12-week paid internship in industry as part of the STEM Teacher Internship programme. You’ll develop digital literacy and digital skills so you are ready to teach in remote or blended learning environments as well as face-to-face.

Once you’ve completed this Teaching Council-approved course, you’ll be qualified to teach mathematics and either physics or chemistry to Leaving Certificate level. Our graduates are known to be creative, highly skilled and highly motivated, and are much sought after as post-primary teachers. Those who decide teaching is not for them can pursue a career in technical training or scientific communication, for example, given their strong STEM training.

DCU People

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Aoife Long
Student

When I found this course that integrated science, maths and teaching, I knew it was the one for me.


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Sinead Breen
Staff

‘Mathematics is integral to our understanding of the natural world around us and to developing new technologies.’


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Careers & Further Options

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Careers

DCU Science Education graduates are actively sought after by Principals both in Ireland and internationally. 

The majority of our graduates take up careers in post-primary education, teaching two of chemistry, physics or mathematics, as well as Junior Cycle science and mathematics. 

Other graduates have pursued careers in industry-based training and development.

  • Teaching
  • Technical Training in Science based industries
Teaching
Technical Training in Science based industries

DCU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Our Graduates work in environments ranging from large multinationals to SMEs, family businesses and start-ups across every sector.

DCU Careers Service has a number of learning and development initiatives in place for our students, giving them the skills they need for a successful career path.

Go to our Careers site to find out more about career planning, our mentorship programme, skills development and online resources for students when working on CVs and making applications.

Entry Requirements

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In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

Minimum of O1 or H6 in Mathematics and minimum of O4 or H6 in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply

GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C Mathematics and GCE A Level D or GCE AS Level C in one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics with Chemistry, Agricultural Science or Environmental Technology.

Please visit our QQI FET webpage for details on course requirements, places and cut-off points.

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to 1st July.

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. Click here for further information on international applications.

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 & 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to 1st July.

Course Structure

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  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation 
  • Irish Education 
  • Calculus 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Thinking
  • Year 1
  • Micro Teaching and Teaching Preparation 

 

Year 1 Options
Chemistry:

  • Introductory Chemistry 
  • Fundamental Concepts for Chemistry Education
  • Chemistry Laboratory 
  • Interdisciplinary Science

Physics:

  • Light & Optics 
  • Motion & Energy 
  • Electricity & Magnetism 
  • The Universe 
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Microteaching and Teaching Preparation 
  • Development Psychology 
  • Geometry 
  • Probability and Statistics 
  • Calculus of Several Variables 
  • Differential Equations

 

Year 2 Options
Chemistry: 

  • Spectroscopy and Physical Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Inorganic Chemistry 
  • Kinetics and Thermodynamics 
  • Chemistry Laboratory

Physics:

  • Quantum Physics 
  • Nuclear Physics and Relativity 
  • Solid State Physics 
  • Properties of Matter 
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Teaching and Assessing Junior Cycle Science and Mathematics 
  • ICT Teaching Strategies and Professional Preparation 
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Education 
  • Equality in Education 
  • School Placement
  • Discrete Mathematics 
  • Analysis

 

Year 3 Options
Chemistry:

  • Analytical Techniques & Research Project 
  • Chemistry Topics through Laboratory

Physics: 

  • Electronics for Science Teachers 
  • Physics Laboratory & Research Project
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation 
  • Teaching in Online Learning Environment
  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • School Placement 
  • Research Project
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Mathematics

 

Year 4 Options
Chemistry: 

  • Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Chemistry

Physics: 

Teaching and Assessing Senior Cycle Physics


For more information on the course structure click here

Fees and Funding

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Fees

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€6,679 per annum
Non EU Fee
€15,500 per annum

How To Apply

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Applicants presenting EU School Leaving/FETAC Level 5 examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis up to 1st July. All Non-EU candidates are advised to apply early, as places are limited.

All mature applicants apply through the CAO by 1st February. For further information and for special application procedures for mature students, please click here

Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to 1st July.

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 & 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules. Applications are made via the CAO Advanced Entry route which will open on the 1st December to 1st July.

Life On Campus

Life on Campus

At DCU, our students can expect a unique campus experience. We are known for our excellent teaching and learning facilities, our active clubs and societies, and our great social and sporting facilities. All this makes DCU an exciting place to be. 

DCU has three academic campuses; Glasnevin, St. Patrick’s and All Hallows (both in Drumcondra), all close to Dublin City centre. 

They can be reached by public transport, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann, with our Drumcondra campuses a ten minute walk from Drumcondra Train Station. Glasnevin is a 20 minute walk from St Patrick’s and All Hallows. They are also linked by Dublin Bus.

Each campus has a library (O’Reilly, Cregan and Woodlock Hall), study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. There are sports facilities on Glasnevin and St. Patrick’s, and there is a dedicated sports campus, St Claire’s, located near Glasnevin on the Ballymun Road.

DCU’s 19,000 students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, a new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of Languages, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biotechnology, as well as a Sports Performance centre and a training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

We continue to improve and update our facilities. For example, construction of a new world-class STEM facility is underway on the Glasnevin campus. With capacity for an extra 3,000 STEM students, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines.

Studying in DCU isn’t just about course work. The university is rich in student life and activities.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year. They span everything from rugby to rock climbing, anime to jazz.

For many students, sport is an important part of the DCU experience. DCU’s Sports Complex boasts a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness centre gym, all-weather pitches and squash courts, as well as soccer, GAA and rugby pitches. DCU Dóchas Éireann, the university’s GAA club, is the largest third level Gaelic Games club in the country. Meanwhile, DCU Athletics has been Ireland’s highest achieving university club for many years. And DCU has dozens of other clubs to get involved in, from Archery to Weightlifting. 

The Glasnevin campus is home to our purpose built, state-of-the-art student centre, The U, which serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body. Here, you will find the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub. Also located on our Glasnevin campus is The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

On our St Patrick’s campus, we have the Java Student Hub, a vibrant, warm and welcoming space where students can meet for coffee, play music, use the projector to watch events, or just relax. The walls of the Java Hub were designed based on the cultural history of St Patrick’s Campus, including the special references to the notable sporting history and history of the arts.

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre - Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice 

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year 

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules 

Student Learning - facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

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FAQs

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What courses are offered by the DCU Institute of Education?

DCU Institute of Education brings together students of education and provides a rich menu of undergraduate courses across all sectors from early childhood, to primary and post-primary and further and higher education. We offer a range of taught and research postgraduate courses at doctoral, masters, diploma and certificate level and have a distinguished record in providing continuing professional development.

 

Is there Garda vetting for students who study DCU Institute of Education courses?

Garda vetting is required for all students who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults as part of their studies at DCU. Applicants must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the registration process.

 

What are the potential teaching pathways for primary, post-primary and further education and training offered by DCU?

 

Primary Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

 

Postgraduate**

  • Professional Master of Education (Primary Teaching) - DC970

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes

** Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes

 

Post-Primary Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

  • Bachelor of Religious Education & English or History or Music - DC010 | DC011 | DC012

  • Bachelor of Education in Gaeilge and French or German or Spanish - DC013

  • Bachelor of Education in Technology, Engineering and Graphics - DC015

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Science Education - DC203

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Physical Education with Biology - DC205

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with Mathematics - DC206

 

Postgraduate**

  • Professional Master of Education (Post-Primary Teaching) - DC905

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes

** Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements for all postgraduate programmes

 

Further Education and Training Teaching Pathways

Undergraduate*

  • BSc (Hons) in Education and Training (Further, Adult and Continuing Education) - DC235

* Please ensure that you consult minimum entry requirements and CAO points for all undergraduate programmes