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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 Maryam Atoofi
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 15 February 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.

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

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 or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development 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 done a placement year, you'll also study:

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project A.

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

  • Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research Project B.

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

  • 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.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check


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.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check


Professional accreditation

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

If you complete additional training and work experience, you could become a Chartered Statistician and/or Chartered Mathematician.


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 choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study 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.


Indicative Additional Costs

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

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) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
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) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
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

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: 88
  • 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 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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