Mathematics (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Mathematics (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

UCAS Code

G678

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

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

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

  • Duration:

    Four years (five years with industrial placement)

  • 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.

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

For sandwich award:

  • Mathematics Industrial Placement Year

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
  • UAS Mathematics Teaching Placement
  • Mathematics Modelling

Further Information

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

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.

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.

Mathematics students have been to Benin in West Africa. Their trip included visits to local schools, attending conferences and experiencing African culture. Read more.

Professional Accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics course 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.

FURTHER STUDY

Students graduating from the mathematics course 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.


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.

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.

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My internship at UCLan provided me with an insight into the research environment. Being exposed to work beyond lectures and assignments was a breath of fresh air, and allowed me to experience a taste of life as a research student.
I was given time and resources to explore areas of mathematics I had no idea even existed which catapulted my enthusiasm for the subject even further, cementing my desire to pursue postgraduate education

Thomas Kirk, BSc (Hons) Mathematics 2015 graduate and current PhD student

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Mathematics student

MATHEMATICS TEACHING PLACEMENT (UAS)

At UCLan we offer a third year teaching placement module (Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme - UAS) to enable students to get a taste of teaching and to provide experience necessary for teacher training applications. There are many other opportunities to work with schools and younger students and develop key teaching skills. UCLan mathematics students have been very successful in securing placements in schools and teacher training places after graduation. In 2018 three of our placement students won prestigious IMA Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships. Read more

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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (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 2019/20 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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