Mathematics with foundation year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Apply your existing maths skills while gaining new knowledge and techniques.
  • Understand the vital ways we use maths in modern life and real-world contexts.
  • Explore technological, scientific and digital developments with far-reaching impacts.
  • Use the latest technology to enhance your mathematical understanding.
  • Develop your skills through real-life projects and work placements.
At Sheffield Hallam we’re especially keen to use mathematical modelling to address sustainability challenges. Whether you’re modelling the spread of infectious diseases, managing the sustainable use of renewable resources, designing for energy efficiency, or simulating sustainable transport – maths is at the heart of some of the biggest global issues we face. This foundation year course is for those who don't meet the entry requirements for our BSc Hon Mathematics course, or would like extra preparation before starting degree-level study. How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. Our approach to teaching and learning puts students at the centre, supporting you to develop your understanding of mathematical concepts and your ability to apply them in various contexts. These contexts are informed by our links with industry, including live projects where you work in partnership with local companies and charities on issues they’re facing. Course Topics You’ll learn all the core maths techniques you need – algebra, calculus and data analysis – with a strong focus on how to apply them to the real world. Key themes include mathematical modelling, how mathematics is used in society and how it can help tackle global sustainability challenges. You’ll begin the course by deepening your mathematics knowledge and skills – from computer programming and rigour to core principles of proof and reasoning. You’ll then learn how to apply your learning, gaining practical experience by analysing and presenting data for businesses. You’ll encounter logistical problems and build mathematical models to solve them – in a project that’s often run by Sheffield United FC. You’ll refine your modelling skills, develop your communication skills and improve your mathematical reasoning skills. By the end of the year you’ll have an excellent grounding in key mathematical thinking and understanding, ready to explore further ideas in your final year. In your final year you’ll apply your knowledge to specific topics. You can also choose a project or dissertation topic set by a real company. Our support team can help you to arrange this, and you’ll liaise with both your supervisor and contacts from the company to complete your project. Applied learning Live Projects We embed real-life case studies and work experience into the course to support your development into a professional mathematician. You’ll explore case studies from areas such as mathematical modelling, machine learning, AI, data analysis and climate science. Live projects form an essential part of our teaching. You’ll work on live data sets from local businesses, government, health trusts or charities – developing essential skills such as project management, teamwork and reporting, and presenting results to both technical and non-technical audiences. Work Placements You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This allows you to graduate with an Applied Professional Diploma to add to your CV. Previous students have secured placements at businesses such as HSBC, WSP, Volkswagen, Covance, Paraxel, Disney, the UK government and the Civil Service.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Engineering And Mathematics In Practice Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 1 Foundation Mathematics, Mechanics And Electronics 2 Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Year 2 Compulsory modules Applied Data Analysis Mathematical And Statistical Methods Modelling And Differential Equations Proof And Reasoning Year 3 Compulsory modules Advanced Calculus, Linear Algebra And Operational Research Applied Mathematical And Statistical Modelling Mathematical Analysis Statistical Theory And Modelling Year 4 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Advanced Topics In Mathematics And Its Applications Further Topics In Mathematics And Its Applications Project: Implementation Project: Management And Scoping

Assessment method

Coursework | Exam | Practical

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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Additional entry requirements


We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject. Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course. If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Mathematics with foundation year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS