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Mathematics with Spanish MMath

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Modern Languages Teaching Centre

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    On this course, you’ll spend a year of your degree at one of our partner universities in Spain, studying mathematics in Spanish. When you’re in Sheffield, you’ll spend two-thirds of your time studying mathematics and the rest of your time developing your Spanish language abilities. You’ll cover the same essential topics as other maths students and in your final year, complete a major research project.

    We have a small but focused number of maths modules in your first year that cover all the essentials you’ll need for the rest of your degree. In your Spanish classes, you’ll develop your language skills, partly through weekly meetings with a native speaker, and complete a project and presentation in Spanish.

    In your second year, you’ll continue to develop your Spanish language abilities while you build a powerful toolbox of mathematical techniques that you can apply to increasingly complex problems. Some module options include more project work. This gives you the chance to put your mathematics skills into practice in different contexts and scenarios that you might encounter when you start work after graduation. There is also time dedicated for you to prepare for your year abroad in the third year.

    When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and experience to go in lots of different directions in mathematics. We’ll give you lots of optional maths modules that you can choose from, and your language classes are designed to bring you close to the level of a native speaker.

    You’ll also spend a third of your time working on your own maths research project. You’ll choose a topic in an area of mathematics that interests you, and work closely with one of our staff who is an expert in the field. You’ll write up your findings and give a presentation about what you’ve learned.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Mathematics with Spanish MMath course structure
    UCAS code: G1R4
    Years: 2022, 2023
    First year

    Core modules:

    Mathematics Core

    Mathematics Core covers topics which continue school mathematics and which are used throughout the degree programmes: calculus and linear algebra, developing the framework for higher-dimensional generalisation.  This material is central to many topics in subsequent courses.  At the same time, weekly small-group tutorials with the Personal Tutor aim to develop core skills, such as mathematical literacy and communication, some employability skills and problem-solving skills.

    40 credits
    Foundations of Pure Mathematics

    The module aims to give an overview of basic constructions in pure mathematics; starting from the integers, we develop some theory of the integers, introducing theorems, proofs, and abstraction.  This leads to the idea of axioms and general algebraic structures, with groups treated as a principal example.  The process of constructing the real numbers from the rationals is also considered, as a preparation for “analysis”, the branch of mathematics where the properties of sequences of real numbers and functions of real numbers are considered.

    20 credits
    Probability and Data Science

    Probability theory is branch of mathematics concerned with the study of chance phenomena. Data science involves the handling and analysis of data using a variety of tools: statistical inference, machine learning, and graphical methods. The first part of the module introduces probability theory, providing a foundation for further probability and statistics modules, and for the statistical inference methods taught here. Examples are presented from diverse areas, and case studies involving a variety of real data sets are discussed. Data science tools are implemented using the statistical computing language R.

    20 credits
    Spanish Advanced 1

    Assuming a good A level in the language or equivalent, this unit aims to provide an initial preparation for a prolonged professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and introduces the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to engage in authentic and spontaneous interaction with native speakers (CEF level B2-). Based on 33 hours of small group (15-20) interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 67 hours of monitored private study. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/stage_3a

    10 credits
    Spanish Advanced 2

    Assuming successful completion of the Advanced 1 unit or equivalent, this unit aims to consolidate an initial preparation for a prolonged professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and introduces the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to engage in authentic and spontaneous interaction with native speakers (CEF level B2). Based on 36 hours of small group (15-20) interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in the foreign language, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/stage_3b

    10 credits

    You'll then take one of these two groups of modules, as determined by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre.

    Either:

    Spanish-English Tandem Advanced 1

    This unit aims to enable students to develop their spoken proficiency and intercultural awareness in relation to the language they are studying through weekly meetings with a native-speaker partner and to acquire independent language learning skills through regular supervision from a language tutor and the completion of a personal planning and reflexive diary. Partners will reciprocally support each other in achieving their own pre-agreed goals, alternatively acting as learner and teacher, taking responsibility for their own learning and providing constructive opportunities for language practice and feedback to their partner. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/tandem

    10 credits
    Spanish Project Advanced 2

    This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/project_advanced

    10 credits

    Or:

    Spanish Project Advanced 1

    This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. A HREF=https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/courses/Spanish/project_advancedClick here for more info/A.This unit aims to enable students at an 'Advanced' level of competence in the language to work semi-independently, exploring critically a specialised topic normally related to their main field of study, in order to acquire subject-specific terminology and basic discursive skills in the language, as well as develop sound research skills. Through weekly tutorials, students will be guided and suppported in their completion of a written portfolio (1,500 words) and their preparation of an oral presentation summarizing their research and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/project_advanced

    10 credits
    Spanish-English Tandem Advanced 2

    This unit aims to enable students to develop their spoken proficiency and intercultural awareness in relation to the language they are studying through weekly meetings with a native-speaker partner and to acquire independent language learning skills through regular supervision from a language tutor and the completion of a personal planning and reflexive diary. Partners will reciprocally support each other in achieving their own pre-agreed goals, alternatively acting as learner and teacher, taking responsibility for their own learning and providing constructive opportunities for language practice and feedback to their partner. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mltc/lfa/courses/spanish/tandem

    10 credits

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment

    Learning

    You'll learn through lectures, seminars, problems classes, language classes and research projects. Some modules also include programming classes.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours

    Assessment

    You will be assessed in a variety of ways, depending on the modules you take. This can include quizzes, examinations, presentations, participation in tutorials, projects, coursework and other written work.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

    Standard offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    AAB
    including A in Maths and B in Spanish

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in A Level Further Maths

    International Baccalaureate 34, with 6 in Higher Level Maths (Analysis and Approaches) and 5 in Higher Level Spanish

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject with Distinctions in all Maths units + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    BTEC Diploma DD + A in A Level Maths + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAABB + AB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA in Maths and Spanish

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 at Distinction (to include Maths units) and 9 at Merit + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    Other requirements
    • We will give your application additional consideration if you have passed the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) at grade 3 or above or the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA) at grade 5 or above

    Access Sheffield offer

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    ABB
    including A in Maths and B in Spanish

    A Levels + additional qualifications ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in a relevant EPQ; ABB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish + B in A Level Further Maths

    International Baccalaureate 33, with 6 in Higher Level Maths (Analysis and Approaches) and 5 in Higher Level Spanish

    BTEC Extended Diploma DDD in a relevant subject with Distinctions in all Maths units + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    BTEC Diploma DD + A in A Level Maths + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + AB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, including A in Maths and B in Spanish

    Access to HE Diploma Award of Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 at Distinction (to include Maths units) and 15 at Merit + an appropriate Spanish language qualification

    Other requirements
    • We will give your application additional consideration if you have passed the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) at grade 3 or above or the Test of Mathematics for University Admissions (TMUA) at grade 5 or above

    English language requirements

    You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

    Equivalent English language qualifications

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other qualifications | UK and EU/international

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    School of Mathematics and Statistics

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    Staff in the school work on a wide range of topics, from the most abstract research on topics like algebraic geometry and number theory, to the calculations behind animal movements and black holes. They’ll guide you through the key concepts and techniques that every mathematician needs to understand and give you a huge range of optional modules to choose from.

    The department is based in the Hicks Building, which has classrooms, lecture theatres, computer rooms and social spaces for our students. It’s right next door to the Students' Union, and just down the road from the 24/7 library facilities at the Information Commons and the Diamond.

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    Your foreign language modules are taught by the Modern Languages Teaching Centre (MLTC). The MLTC offers language courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff and the public.

    Including a modern language as part of your degree at Sheffield is a confident step into the wider world and you'll be graduating with skills that are highly valued by employers. You'll learn to communicate fluently in your chosen language and deepen your understanding of the cultural context of the countries where your language is spoken.

    All this is achieved in a vibrant environment through dynamic, high-quality and innovative teaching that places you, as a student, at the cutting edge of the discipline.

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    96 per cent of our maths research is rated in the highest two categories

    Research Excellence Framework 2021


    Graduate careers

    School of Mathematics and Statistics

    There will always be a place for maths graduates in banking, insurance, pensions, and financial districts from the City of London to Wall Street. Big engineering companies still need people who can crunch the numbers to keep planes in the sky and trains running on time too. But the 21st century has also created new career paths for our students.

    Smartphones, tablets, social networks and streaming services all use software and algorithms that need mathematical brains behind them. In the age of ‘big data’, everyone from rideshare apps to high street shops is gathering information that maths graduates can organise, analyse and interpret. The same technological advances have created new challenges and opportunities in cybersecurity and cryptography.

    If the maths itself is what interests you, a PhD can lead to a career in research. Mathematicians working in universities and research institutes are trying to find rigorous proofs for conjectures that have challenged pure mathematicians for decades, or are doing the calculations behind major experiments, like the ones running on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

    What if I want to work outside mathematics?

    A good class of degree from a top university can take you far, whatever you want to do. We have graduates using their mathematical training in everything from teaching and management to advertising and publishing.

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    How I'm using my maths skills to program software

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    After graduating, Matthew used the University Careers Service to help him find a job, and he now develops software in the marine navigation industry.

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