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Mathematics (with Foundation Year)

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About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Tim Swift
Key fact:
This course will equip you with a solid understanding of advanced mathematical concepts and methods, including both theory and applications.

Page last updated 4 July 2017


Why BSc(Hons) Mathematics?

Mathematics is a central and important component of human culture, which also helps us solve a wide range of practical problems. Mathematics supports innovation and progress in science, technology, finance and business, and is also essential for organisational decision-making. In addition, the current widespread availability of large data sets has led to increased demand for graduate mathematicians. The Mathematics Foundation year provides a solid grounding in Mathematics to enable you to take your studies forward towards degree level and beyond

Why study our course?

On the BSc(Hons) Mathematics with integrated foundation level entry, you will develop  a strong foundation in mathematical and statistical concepts and methods. Areas studied during the Foundation Year include calculus, mechanics, mathematical structures, statistics, modelling and the use of software.

You will apply the concepts and methods needed to solve real world problems, in areas such as science, technology, industry, finance and healthcare.

In Year two and the Final year of the degree, you will be given the opportunity to specialise in your areas of study by choosing the optional modules in which you are most interested. These include options involving work-based learning in a school environment that provide an opportunity for you to consider the possibility of postgraduate teacher training.

We have been ranked 21st nationally for Mathematics in The Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Real world experience

You will learn how to process and analyse data, using industry-standard mathematical and statistical software in our well-equipped computer labs. In order to inform your career choices, we arrange regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Where it can take you

Our graduates have successfully applied their skills in the fields of finance and business, government statistics, health, education, computing and academic research. You will also have the option to continue learning through postgraduate study in Mathematics or Statistics.



The main aim of the foundation element of the programme is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to be successful in your future studies.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundation Mathematical Structures
  • Foundation Group Project
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Maths, Algebra, Calculus
  • Foundation Statistics
  • Further Mathematics.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Engineering and Maths courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of it.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Calculus and Numerical Methods
  • Sets, Functions and Linear Algebra
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Modelling and Optimisation.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Algebra, Combinatorics and Graphs
  • Statistical Modelling.

In addition, you will study two of the following optional modules:

  • Complex Variables
  • Coding Theory and Applications
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Operational Research
  • Mathematics Education Practice.

Final Year

You will select optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Applied Algebra and Geometry
  • Applied Statistical Modelling
  • Decision Modelling
  • Dynamical Systems
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A
  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project B
  • Mathematics Education Project
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Statistical Research Methods.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching is via lectures, workshops, tutorials, practicals, case studies and individual projects. Throughout the programme, you will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of theoretical discussions, classroom-based exercises, laboratory-based practical work and directed self-study. You will study some modules with students from other foundation year streams.

Our Mathematics and Statistics lecturers receive high praise for their approachability, friendliness and enthusiasm for the subject and have scored highly in the National Student Survey. Our espressoMaths drop-by station offers daily support and advice to all students on an informal, one-to-one basis.

Our relaxed weekly MathsArcade sessions provide a forum in which students and staff can meet to discuss issues arising from particular modules, from the programme as a whole and Mathematics in general.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


Assessment mainly takes place through examinations and coursework. In addition, case studies and project work are assessed through written work and oral presentations.  Some modules use online e-tests as a part of their assessment portfolio.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We are currently seeking accreditation from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).


Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. Thus, in addition to helping you hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Regional organisations and businesses including the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Lloyds Bank often provide work placements for our students.

By applying for a placement in your preferred field, you will gain valuable experience in the application of Mathematics or Statistics. You will also develop vital skills, such as analysing large datasets and learning how to use new methods and software.

Study facilities

You will learn and develop professional skills in our state-of-the-art facilities. You will also:

  • conduct group work or individual study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, which is a dedicated space for Mathematics and Statistics students
  • analyse data, run simulations and solve problems, using industry-standard software in our large computer labs
  • discuss subject and course-related issues and ideas with students and staff at weekly Maths Arcade sessions.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular talks from visiting professionals. These provide industry insight and careers advice to give you ideas on where your degree could take you.

Showcase your work

Our Final year students regularly showcase their ideas at UWE Bristol's annual degree show. We invite local business, media and the public, providing an opportunity for students to discuss their work and meet potential employers.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can choose from a wide range of careers including:

  • planning and other public sector services
  • financial services
  • management
  • teaching (if you want to teach secondary school Mathematics, this degree is a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification)
  • scientific research in fields such as computing, medicine, ecology and meteorology
  • further research in mathematics.

Past students have gone into careers as analysts, statisticians, actuaries and teachers.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

Read what being a statistician involves.

UWE Bristol - graduate vacancy sources and occupational information.

Guardian - what to do with a degree in mathematics.


Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

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For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 88
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade B or above, or Grade 5 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Mathematics course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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