Mathematics with Foundation Year

BSc, 4-5 years

This is for you if... you want to study mathematics, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements.

Course Description

Our integrated Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) Foundation Year degrees are aimed at students who wish to study a STEM subject, such as mathematics, but don’t have the traditional entry requirements.

  • By completing the STEM Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree.
  • You will be taught by our expert academic staff from across a number of departments.
  • The course does not require a maths test for entry, but it will cover the A-level maths syllabus and understanding of this will be measured before you progress.
  • The course strongly emphasises the development of essential professional and personal skills, which are necessary throughout your studies and beyond.
  • During your foundation year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all our support services.
  • You will have a personal tutor to support you.
Key Facts
Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
G199
Start date
September 2017
Department
Mathematics
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries: Dr Paul Howes
0116 252 3587
Paul.Howes@leicester.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics website

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Why Leicester?

As well as tutorials and seminars, our regular drop-in learning sessions, run by both staff and postgraduates, will enhance your learning and help you get to know others in the Department.

The Department of Mathematics regularly hosts national and international mathematics conferences, which attract leading speakers from across the globe.

We have a thriving, student-led Maths Society (SUMS) which organises a range of social activities and guest lectures throughout the year.

Our degrees are designed to deliver a combination of a thorough mathematical education and a wide range of transferable skills and knowledge essential in the modern workplace.

Course Structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

  • Maths: Core A-level content, with an emphasis on developing your competence and confidence at applying mathematics to problems in the physical sciences.
  • Science 1: Materials: Phases of matter (solids, liquids and gases), atomic structure and radioactivity, chemical bonds and chemical reactions, properties of solids (engineering materials, elastic properties, strength, toughness, failure and electrical properties).
  • Science 2: Mechanics: Newton's laws, forces, mass, velocity acceleration, projectiles, momentum, angular momentum, circular motion, simple harmonic motion and resonance.
  • Science 3: Heat and energy: Temperature, heat, power, ideal gases and kinetic theory.
  • Science 4: Electricity and magnetism: Light, optics and the quantum world.
  • Methods and Techniques: Core study skills and professional competences necessary for successful university level study. Reading scientific literature, research techniques, report writing skills, presentation skills, computer programming and algorithms.
  • Physical Science Laboratory: Basic experimental techniques, health and safety in the laboratory, recording data, data analysis and report writing.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 1

Year 1

The first year of the BSc proper is your second year at Leicester.

Modules

  • Calculus and Analysis 1
  • Calculus and Analysis 2
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Linear Algebra 2
  • Probability
  • Either Elements of Number Theory and Mathematics and Society
  • Or a module from another department, subject to approval
  • Either Plane Geometry and Mathematics for Business
  • Or a module from another department, subject to approval

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Year 2 of the BSc course is your third year at Leicester.

Core modules

  • Algebra
  • Calculus and Analysis 3
  • Differential Equations and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Computing
  • Linear Algebra 3
  • Investigations in Mathematics
  • Elements of Topology

Plus two option modules from:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Business Applications in Mathematics
  • Linear Statistical Models
  • or any Computer Science module, subject to approval

Year Abroad (USA)

On the BSc you can, if you want to, spend your second year studying at one of our partner institutions in the USA. You will take equivalent modules chosen from a list approved by the department, and may also study non-maths modules where available. Modules taken in the USA count towards your final degree classification. On returning to Leicester you will progress to the final year of your degree.

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance England you can apply for a travel grant from them.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester has links with these American universities:

NB. If you spend your second year in the USA, you cannot also spend a year in Europe in Year 3.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (Optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (Optional)

If you want to - and if you didn't spend your second year in the United States - you can take a year out between Years 2 and 3, studying at one of our partner institutions in Europe (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can take a year out to work in an industrial placement (provided you meet set criteria). Or you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in four years.

Year Abroad (Europe)

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office

The Department of Mathematics at Leicester has links with European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you attend one of
these, you may be eligible for an Erasmus grant if you comply with European Commission rules and regulations. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Year in Industry

NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in a mathematics-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Core module

  • Complex Analysis

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

  • Complex Analysis
  • Equations of Mathematical Physics
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Groups and Symmetry
  • Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Squaring the Circle and Irreducible Polynomials
  • Operations Research
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Galois Theory

Plus two option modules from:

  • Communicating Mathematics
  • Curves and Surfaces
  • Data Mining and Neural Networks
  • Finite Element Theory and its Applications
  • History of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Business Project
  • Number Theory
  • Strange Attraction in Dynamical Systems
  • Topics in Mathematical Biology

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Accreditation

If you reach a set standard in the Year 1 modules on 'Probability' and 'Introductory Statistics' and the Year 2 option module on 'Linear Statistical Models', you can apply for exemption from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries exam CT3. Successful performance in the ‘Introduction to Actuarial Mathematics’ modules could also lead to the possibility of exemption from CT1.

Major/Minor Degrees

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

As well as lectures, your course will involve regular group meetings, run by both staff and other students, where students’ work is discussed. You will gain experience in presenting mathematical arguments to fellow students, which will enhance and develop your presentation and communication skills.

Development of ICT and programming skills is an integral part of all our mathematics degrees. Through a combination of computer labs and dedicated modules, you will learn to use the computational functions in Excel, program in Matlab and VBA and use LaTeX for scientific writing. However, no previous knowledge of computing is needed for any of our degrees.

A typical week for a first or second year student might consist of nine or ten hours of lectures, about four hours of small group working and about three hours of problem classes or computer classes. You will also spend several hours a week on private study: review of lecture material, problem solving, additional reading and preparing for tutorials.

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Entry Requirements

  • A-levels: BBB or points equivalent from your best three A-levels (non-traditional science A-levels considered). You must have taken Maths or Physics at AS-level or hold GCSEs grade A/A* in Maths and Physics.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in appropriate subject area – typically Engineering or a Physical Science discipline (no Maths assessment test required)
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 28 points minimum.
  • Access to HE courses in Science and Engineering: 45 L3 credits, including some at Distinction in relevant science and Maths modules (no Maths assessment test required)

We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact seadmissions@le.ac.uk to find out more.

NB. This course is only open to applicants from the UK and other EU countries. Applicants outside the EU can apply for our International Foundation Year.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • Starting in 2017

    An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18.

    After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

    (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)

    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 that year.
    • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year. 

    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Additional costs

    Please note that you will need to buy a Casio FX83GT calculator (approximately £6). This is not included in your tuition fee.

  • Please note this course is not available to International (non-EU) students.

Career Opportunities

The 'Business Applications of Mathematics' module gives you the opportunity to experience the application of mathematical theory and mathematical modelling in a business context.

Our drop-in sessions are tailored to develop employability skills.

Training in computing and programming is available for all students, helping you develop work-place skills.

Careers

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Mathematics with a Foundation Year BSc 4 years full-time G199 Apply Now
Mathematics with a Foundation Year with Year Abroad BSc 5 years full-time G199 Apply Now
Mathematics with a Foundation Year with Year in Industry BSc 5 years full-time G199 Apply Now
Course
Mathematics with a Foundation Year
Qualification
BSc
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
G199
Availability
Course
Mathematics with a Foundation Year with Year Abroad
Qualification
BSc
Duration
5 years full-time
UCAS Code
G199
Availability
Course
Mathematics with a Foundation Year with Year in Industry
Qualification
BSc
Duration
5 years full-time
UCAS Code
G199
Availability

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