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Mathematics and Statistics (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

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 Deirdre Toher
Key fact:
This course is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and has a strong vocational focus to prepare you for work.

Page last updated 29 August 2018


Why study mathematics and statistics?

This intellectually stimulating course covers the major areas of mathematics and statistics. The course will equip you with a wide range of analytical, investigative, communication and specialised skills. It cultivates general IT proficiency in areas such as programming and helps develop problem solving, also fostering a good work ethic and professional working habits. 

The digital economy has led to an increased demand for qualified mathematicians and statisticians in analytics, across a growing range of industries, supporting innovation in science, engineering, economics and decision-making.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics is taught by enthusiastic lecturers with a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. 

This course is informed by industry employers and accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Develop a strong foundation in advanced mathematical and statistical methods. Apply theories to real-world problems such as medical trials, finance and engineering. 

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

Study the theories and statistical reasoning needed to gain a deeper and more confident understanding of mathematical sciences. Work on practical problems carefully designed to develop and showcase your skills.

Attend regular presentations from visiting professionals to gain industry insight. Make use of our excellent links with industry and gain valuable experience through work placements.

Where can it take me?

Our graduates possess a highly desirable skillset suitable for a broad range of careers. 

Choose from areas including big data analytics, research, finance, banking, health sciences, the civil service, operational research, teaching and statistical research.

Accreditations and partnerships:



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 and Calculus
  • Foundation Mechanics
  • Foundation Mathematical Structures
  • Foundation Statistics
  • Foundation Mathematical Investigations
  • Foundation Group Project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into Year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Statistical Modelling
  • Algebra, Combinatorics and Graphs
  • Operational Research.

Placement year (if applicable)

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.

You'll complete a placement learning module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Statistical Research Methods
  • Multivariate Statistical Modelling.

If you haven't completed a placement year, you'll also study:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A.

If you have completed a placement year, you'll study:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project B.

Plus, optional modules from (number depending on your credit requirements):

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Decision Modelling
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Applied Algebra and Geometry
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Fluid Dynamics.

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

Our lecturers always scored highly in the National Student Survey and receive high praise for their approachability, friendliness and enthusiasm.

Learn through lectures, workshops and tutorials. Attend talks from industry practitioners and gain insight into real-world practices, challenges and issues.

Access the faculty's dedicated Mathematics and Statistics Learning Centre, where we provide computer-aided learning and tuition support.

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

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

Weekly 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.

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

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


Assessment methods vary for each module. Our assessments are designed develop your problem solving and communication skills and mathematical and statistical ability. They include online tests, reports, presentations and group projects as well as end of module examinations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

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


Professional accreditation

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



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, including the Office of National Statistics (ONS), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Lloyds 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 maths 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 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 / 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 also go into research in computing, medicine, ecology and meteorology, or further research in mathematics.

Past students have gone into careers as biostatisticians, medical statisticians, trainee managers and technical analysts.

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.


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

Additional costs are for 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.


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. 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 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 and Statistics.

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.

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