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Mathematics (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Mathematics (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

UCAS Code

G678

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    G678; Short form: BSc/MF

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

For many reasons, students who aspire to study mathematics at university level can find themselves without the required qualifications. Maybe your A Levels didn’t go to plan, or you have been out of formal education for a while and want to get back into mathematics. In either case, this course is designed for you. The foundation year builds on your existing mathematical skills, preparing you for entry into the BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree. The syllabus covers a range of mathematical topics, including the applications of mathematics in physics and engineering. At the end of the foundation year, if you attain good enough grades, you can progress onto the mathematics degree, or onto a degree in physics, astrophysics, or engineering.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including English, and Maths GCSE at Grade A

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Foundation Mathematics 1
  • Foundation Mathematics 2
  • Foundation Mathematics 3
  • Foundation Mathematics 4

Continued

Optional Modules

The Physics Group

  • Foundations of Applied Physics
  • Motion, Forces, and Force Fields
  • The Road to Quantum Mechanics

The Computing Group:

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Investigating IT
  • Study Skills: Developing Academic Skills

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Algebra and Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Real Analysis
  • Functions, Vectors & Calculus
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Introduction to probability and statistics

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Algebraic Structures
  • Ordinary Differential Equations

Optional

  • Cryptology
  • Further Real Analysis
  • Vector Calculus
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Further Statistics

Year 4

Optional

  • Fields & Galois Theory
  • Logic
  • Complex Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Advanced Numerical Analysis
  • Time Series and Operational Research
  • Mathematics Project

Further Information

Learning

On the full undergraduate Mathematics degree you study six mathematics modules in each year of your studies. Each module contains 200 hours of work and during the first year about 70 hours of this is timetabled class contact. Timetabled sessions are periods in the week where you attend and study with a member of staff present. These sessions can take various formats; a variety of these are used throughout your studies.

The main difference between studying at school and at university is that degree level studies transfer you from dependent learning, being told how to do things, to independent learning, being given a body of information and working out for yourself how to apply it. What this means in a mathematics degree is that you learn to discover mathematical concepts and their uses for yourself.

In order to develop independent learning skills you need to study in a variety of ways, which is reflected in different forms of class contact. Types of class contact time include:

  • Lecture: This is where members of staff explain new mathematical concepts, using a mixture of teaching materials and methods.
  • Tutorial: This type of session involves a dialogue between the lecturer and the students where students can ask for help, additional explanations and guidance about material covered recently in the lectures. Students will have been asked to prepare in advance of tutorials.
  • Workshops: During these sessions problems, exercises, and examples are worked on by the students (either individually or in small groups) and the lecturer assists when help is required.
  • Lab classes: Some modules require use of computers, so have sessions where the students work in a computer room. These sessions are usually in a workshop style.

Outside class contact time you will work on tutorial sheets, project work and any assessments that have been set, which will test your understanding and guide further learning.

Support for learning outside timetabled hours is provided by the University’s online learning environment (eLearn), which can be used to access course materials.

Assessment

Most modules are principally assessed by an end of year examination. These are typically supplemented with continuously assessed work. This might take the form of problem sheets to reinforce your knowledge of the material taught in lectures, computer-based assignments to tackle problems that require more extensive calculation, and individual and group project-work to allow deeper exploration of a particular topic. For most modules the weighting is 30% coursework and 70% examination, but some modules differ, for example the optional final-year project is 100% coursework.

This combination of learning methods allows you to develop independent learning skills through a variety of approaches.

CAREERS

The mathematics course will help you to develop a range of important skills that will make you attractive to employers. These include:

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Learning skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Self-management
  • Team work

At the end of the mathematics course, you will be ready for a career in any one of a vast range of industries, including:

  • Finance, banking and insurance
  • Business consultancy and operational research
  • Defense and military industries
  • Space science and astronomy
  • Natural and life sciences, medicine and health
  • IT industries, computing and engineering
  • Education
  • Art, design and music

 

FURTHER STUDY

Students graduating from the mathematics programme are equipped with skills that prepare them for postgraduate study. Graduates from the mathematics degree have progressed on to MSc degrees and PhDs at universities across the UK. In addition, every year, PhD studentships are available within UCLan.

Special Features

Team Building
Previous students have benefited from being taken on a residential team building course in North Wales early in the course. This is an opportunity to get to know the students and staff in first year, and build friendships which will last throughout your studies. The course also starts to develop transferable skills such as team work and communication which are important to employers, as well as being useful throughout your degree.

Internships
Each summer there are opportunities to take part in UCLan’s funded undergraduate research internship scheme. This involves students being paid to spend the summer working closely with a member of staff on a research project. Students experience what it is like to undertake cutting edge research, developing a variety of skills which are highly valued by employers. Students present their work to their peers in a poster session at the end of the internship.

For more information about internships click here.

Travel Opportunities
UCLan has travel money available each year for student groups who wish to have an international travel experience. Students propose itineraries for the trips, and bid for university funds to cover the cost. The trips must contain an educational component, but are also expected to have an international cultural element.

Recently a group of 2nd year mathematics students visited Toulouse in Southern France. Their trip included visits to Airbus and the Millau Viaduct. For more information click here.

Public Seminars
As well as accrediting the BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree, the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) also holds regular public seminars at UCLan. These develop students’ broader knowledge of mathematics and introduce them to additional applications of mathematics in a variety of specialist areas.

Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £6,400 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme offered at UCLan has been accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) to meet the educational requirements of the chartered mathematician designation when followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

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Testimonials

My mathematics degree ... allowed me to pursue a career in mathematics education ... teaching at the level that I had always hoped for.

My lecturers were inspiring, enthusiastic and friendly.

One of the highlights of my mathematics degree was the great choice of options, my favourite being mathematical biology.

'Rhys Morgan'

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