Mathematics with Foundation Year BSc, 4-5 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer

Clearing grades - CDD
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UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code G992

International fee £21,515

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Admissions enquiries
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Dr Michael Barkley
+44 (0)116 229 7706
michael.barkley@le.ac.uk

School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science website

If you would love to study Mathematics here at Leicester, but you don’t quite have the entry requirements to get in, this degree is your bridge to making it happen.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

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.

The course is run on the University of Leicester campus like any other, and you will be studying alongside other students who applied for, and slightly missed out on, a place on a course similar to yours. In the first year of this course you will all be working towards passing a foundation year (year 0), which will enable automatic progression onto year 1 of any of our BSc (or MMath) Mathematics courses.

  • 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 Schools
  • 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

Download a prospectus (PDF, 6MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BCC or points equivalent from your best three A-levels. You must have taken Maths or Physics at A-level or hold GCSEs at grade A/7 or above in Maths and Physics.
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 26 points minimum, and must include appropriate maths and science content.
  • Access to HE: Pass diploma with 24 Distinctions in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.

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

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 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for 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.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £21,515 for the Foundation Year
  • £17,450 per year after that
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee
  • Year in Industry: £2,617.50, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

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.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Alongside your academic work we recognise that it is also important you gain experience and develop your skills. Employability skills are embedded into our teaching throughout your studies so you will be developing the skills employers are looking for right from the start of your course.

In addition to group work, presentation and communication skills, you will learn a range of the computing and programming skills expected by employers.

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

Graduate destinations

Our graduates are equipped for a wide range of careers and have gone into: the financial sector, including accountancy and actuarial work; management; the Civil Service; industry; and teaching (both primary and secondary education)

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

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 one option module from:

Then choose one option module from:

* to take this module, you must choose Actuarial Modelling 1 from the previous list
** to take this module, you must choose Statistical Distributions and Inference from the previous list

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 School, 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 Study Abroad Unit.

The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science 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 Study Abroad Unit.

The School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science at Leicester has links with European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • 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

Option modules

Choose three option modules from:

* not available if Business Microeconomics was taken in year 1

Then choose three option modules from:

* only available if Financial Mathematics was chosen from the previous list
** not available if Business Macroeconomics was taken in year 1

Plus either a Mathematics Project or a Business Project.

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.

Why Leicester?

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.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

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 Mathematics with a Foundation Year Qualification BSc Duration 4 years full-time UCAS Code G992 Availability Apply Now
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Course Mathematics with a Foundation Year with Year in Industry Qualification BSc Duration 5 years full-time UCAS Code G992 Availability Apply Now