Mathematics with Foundation Year BSc, 4-5 years

Start date:

2018
2019

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

Typical offer
BBB
UCAS code
G199
Department
Mathematics

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

Course enquiries
Dr Paul Howes
+44 (0)116 252 3587
paul.howes@leicester.ac.uk

Department of Mathematics website

Course description

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

Entry requirements

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 at grade A/7 or above in Maths and Physics
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in a science related subject – typically Engineering or a Physical Science discipline
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 28 points minimum, with a minimum of 15 points at HL.
  • Access to HE courses in Science and Engineering: Pass Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 24 of which must be at Distinction

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.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

Tuition fees for 2019/20 are yet to be confirmed.

As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2018/19 were:

  • Tuition fees were £9,250 in the first year
  • Year Abroad fees were £1,250 for that year
  • Year in Industry fees were 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.

International Students

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

Accreditation

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.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

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.

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.

Related courses

Related courses

Our research

Our research

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.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

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

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

Then choose one option module from:

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 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

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.

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.

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.

Mathematics at Leicester

Studying the proofs behind what she learned at A-level, Amrin found her course challenging but fun.

Teaching and learning

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.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Overall workload

Typical workload hours for Mathematics courses in 2016/17:

Year 1: 34% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 408 hours
  • Independent learning: 792 hours

Year 2: 31% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 372 hours
  • Independent learning: 828 hours

Year 3: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
  • Independent learning: 900 hours

Final year: 21% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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