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BSc(Hons)

Mathematics (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
G10F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
80
Department:
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Tim Swift
Key fact:
Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), this course equips you with a solid understanding of advanced mathematical and statistical concepts.

Page last updated 29 August 2018

Introduction

Why study mathematics?

Mathematics is an important component of human culture. It also helps us solve a range of real-life problems.

As well as supporting innovation and progress in science, engineering, technology, finance and economics, it aids organisational decision-making.

We use it to model and predict outcomes - from community health to the length of queues in communication networks.

The widespread availability of large data sets has led to increased demand for graduate mathematicians.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Mathematics is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Develop a strong foundation in advanced mathematical and statistical concepts and methods. Apply these to assess and solve scheduling, decision-making, simulation and modelling problems across industry, finance and healthcare.

Specialise your programme of study by choosing the optional modules in which you are most interested.

Take optional modules that involve work-based learning in a school environment to see if teaching is right for you. Go on a placement year and gain valuable experience, benefiting from new insights and perspectives.

Learn to process and evaluate data using industry-standard mathematical and statistical software in our well-equipped computer labs.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to inform your career choices and industry knowledge.

Where can it take me?

When you graduate, a broad range of careers and postgraduate study will be available to you. 

Destinations include scientific research, business and finance, the civil service, management and teaching. Past graduates have found work with the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Oxford University Press, the Office for National Statistics, Indica and the Ministry of Defence.

You could also progress onto MSc or PhD study in mathematics or statistics.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

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

You'll usually need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Plus, two optional modules from:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you're studying on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two. 

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study modules from (the number depending on your credit requirements):

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

Hear from our students about optional modules in mathematics education.

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

Learn through lectures, tutorials, PC lab workshops, flipped-class sessions, group work exercises, seminars and practice-based learning.

Attend talks from industry practitioners and gain insight into real-world practices, challenges and issues.

Visit our espressoMaths drop-by station for daily support and advice on an informal, one-to-one basis.

Regular MathsArcade sessions are a forum for students and staff to meet and discuss issues arising from particular modules, from the course as a whole, and from mathematics in general.

Exhibit your ideas to friends, family, media and potential employers at our annual degree show.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
027%73%0%
127%73%0%
224%76%0%
324%76%0%

*calculated from compulsory and option module choices (where applicable) each year

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed through a mix of exams and coursework.

You'll also be assessed through written and oral presentations of case studies and project work. Some modules also use online e-tests as a part of their assessment process.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
050%44%6%
175%25%0%
263%37%0%
362%38%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). 

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

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

Your placement will show you how to apply theory, analyse large datasets and use industry software.

Hear from our students about their placement experiences.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Study in modern facilities and access excellent resources throughout your course.

Conduct group work or individual study in our Mathematics Resource Centre, a dedicated space for mathematics and statistics students.

Analyse data, run simulations and solve problems using industry-standard software in our computer labs.

Discuss subject and course-related issues and ideas with students and staff at MathsArcade sessions.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Choose from a range of careers, including planning and other public sector services, financial services, management or teaching.

If you want to teach secondary school mathematics, this degree provides a good foundation for a postgraduate teaching qualification.

You could go into research in mathematics, but also computing, medicine, ecology or meteorology.

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

Hear from our alumni about career paths in Mathematics and Statistics.

Read about what being a statistician involves.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

See also:

Prospects - what being a statistician involves

UWE Bristol - graduate vacancy sources and occupational information

The Guardian - what to do with a degree in mathematics

Fees

There is currently no published fee data for this course.

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 80
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade B/5 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

If you don't meet the entrance requirements but have substantial relevant work experience, you should still apply. Especially if you feel your motivation and skills would enable you to succeed on this course.

We'll also consider you if you have a mix of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

If you think you'll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BSc(Hons) Mathematics.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student your recommended route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year 1 of the degree.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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