Why study this course?
Our Mathematical Sciences (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) explores the modern application of mathematics in different disciplines, including finance, programming, project management and statistics.
This four-year bachelor’s course is suitable if you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the necessary requirements to enter our standard three-year degree. It has a built-in foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for study at undergraduate level by equipping you with basic skills in mathematics and its applications, such as computer science.
Our mathematics courses scored highly in many areas in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2021, with satisfaction scores of 99% for assessment and feedback, 90% for academic support, 93% for organisation and management, 90% for learning and resources and 94% for the learning community.
More about this course
Our Mathematical Sciences (including foundation year) BSc is very practical and employment focused, providing you with mathematical skills and knowledge that is directly applicable in the workplace.
During your time at the University you’ll be able to take advantage of the academic and pastoral support on offer from your tutors and academic mentors. There will also be opportunities to attend career-related workshops, including those that concentrate on improving your interview skills and adopting best practice in writing job applications.
Your foundation year will be shared with students from other disciplines within the School of Computing and Digital Media, so you’ll get the opportunity to discuss the different applications of mathematics with other students.
In Year 0 (the foundation year) you’ll explore subjects that rely on the application of mathematical knowledge and learn fundamental skills in cyber security, programming and mathematics. You’ll also be introduced to robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT). These topics will provide you with a multitude of transferable skills as you’ll get to practise in electrical workshops, explore fundamental theoretical concepts and use a range of mathematical techniques.
During the subsequent three years of your studies you’ll have the same choice of modules and study the same content as students on the Mathematical Sciences BSc (Hons). You’ll also graduate with the same award and title as students on this course.
If, at the end of your foundation year, you’d like to change your specialism to a different subject within the School of Computing and Digital Media, there will be some flexibility to allow you to do this.
You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.
You’ll be assessed by a combination of methods, including lab-based tests, short answer tests, group assignments, problem-solving case studies, coursework, written reports, an individual portfolio, as well as the final year dissertation.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) for the purpose of meeting in part the educational requirement for chartered status.
Where this course can take you
On graduation you’ll have gained skills that will allow you to work in areas such as mathematical modelling, simulation, data mining, operational research or IT. Alternatively, you could follow in the steps of our graduates who began their careers as analysts and financial advisers.
This course will also prepare you for postgraduate study in mathematics oriented subjects or teaching.
What is a degree with a foundation year?
This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It’s the perfect route into university if you don’t meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.