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Faculty of Science and Health

Science Education

Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Science Education

  • CAO CodeDC203
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-time
  • Min Points 2017 444
  • Duration 4 Years

The DCU BSc in Science Education provides students with aTeaching Council accredited concurrent degree qualification in post-primary initial teacher education which combines the study of three curricular subjects with teacher education studies. On successful completion of the programme,graduates can directly register with the Teaching Council as qualified to teachtwo subjects from Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry, to Leaving Certificate Level.

Mathematics and science play essential roles in our everyday lives, and as a second level teacher, you’ll be securing Ireland’s future by developing citizens that are informed decision makers and scientists that are innovative and creative. The programme is delivered by interdisciplinary team of discipline experts from across DCU Institute of Education and Faculty of Science and Health, thus acquiring scientific and mathematical knowledge along with educational expertise.  Students registered on the programme also benefit from the unique opportunity to participate in the STEM Teacher Internship Programme - an initiative developed by DCU, Accenture and 30% Club that facilitates DCU STEM teachers completing a 12 week paid internship in industry during summer of third year.

Why do this course?

  • A direct route into post-primary teaching, specialising in two of: chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Honours teaching qualification received after four years
  • Unique opportunity to participate in the STEM Teacher Internship Programme, a paid industry placement
  • Computing/IT fully integrated with science
  • 22 weeks of school placements in post-primary schools
  • Modules developed and delivered by leading international researchers in STEM Education

Student Voice

I graduated from DCU in 2015 as a qualified Physics and Mathematics teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, I was confident in my knowledge and abilities and took on a teaching position in Bahrain, where I had to teach a new curriculum (A-level and AP), in a different culture, in subjects both within and outside my specialism (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and to students at a range of different levels (primary: 7-10yr olds and secondary: 11-18yr olds).Within two years of living and working abroad, I was mentoring and training other teachers, from several different cultural backgrounds and qualifications, in integrated learning technology and classroom management techniques. I was involved in continuous curriculum development of the chemistry curriculum and the preparation of in-house exam questions in Sabis schools across the Middle East. For me, the structure and content of the Science Education at DCU, distributed teaching placement along with co-development of subject and pedagogic knowledge, gave me an extensive skill set, and has enabled me to pursue a range of career opportunities.

Deirdre O’Neill, Science Education

About the course

In first year, most science and mathematics modules will be taken in common with other first-year science students. There are also further specialist modules in mathematics and education.

The second and third years build on this content and integrate science and mathematics with education.

At the start of the third year, you choose two subjects to specialise in (chemistry/physics, mathematics/ physics or chemistry/mathematics). You’ll be qualified to teach both of your two specialty subjects to honours Leaving Certificate level.

In your fourth year, you’ll continue with your two chosen subjects. A quarter of the course is devoted to education, particularly science education, while the remainder focuses on two of three subjects, physics, chemistry and mathematics, with additional courses provided in biology and IT.

There are four important school placement periods over the duration of the course, allowing you to practice and develop the teaching skills you’ve learnt in a real classroom environment. In Year One, you teach small groups of students from local schools. In Year Two, you spend four weeks in post-primary schools, taking classes up to Junior Certificate level. A further four-week placement takes place in the September immediately preceding Year Three. Finally, all of the second semester in Year Four is spent taking junior and senior cycle classes in science, mathematics, physics and/or chemistry.

Garda vetting has been introduced for students who have unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults as part of their studies at Dublin City University. Applicants must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the process of registration.

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.

 

Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.

 

A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.

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

In these areas

Requirements

Leaving Certificate

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

GCE A Level

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 or Agricultural Science

FETAC Level 5

For details of FETAC requirements and relevant codes please click here. Simply enter the DC code for the programme you are interested in or if you are not sure of the code enter DC in the Select by Institution option, then click on Go. 

Transfer Applications

Applications are welcomed from students who have studied at Level 6 and Level 7 in relevant areas. Such transfer students may be exempt from certain modules.

International Applications

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. For further information on international applications click here.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

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

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

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.

Mature Applicants

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

EU Transfer Applicants

Apply directly to DCU by the 1st July

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at www.cao.ie
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here