University of Derby

Degree level: Undergraduate

Mathematics (Computing pathway) with Foundation Year

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Course summary

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Course information If you are excited by the idea of using mathematics to make a positive impact on the world, this BSc (Hons) degree could be for you. You will develop your knowledge of mathematical methods and techniques and get the chance to apply these to real problems through projects and placements. Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you. Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year. KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:

  • RANKINGS: Our Mathematics subject area is ranked 2nd in the UK for satisfaction with the course, and 6th in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching (The Guardian University Guide 2021). The subject area is also ranked as 4th in the UK for student experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
  • WORKING WITH INDUSTRY: In year two, you’ll work on a real problem set by an employer. You’ll also get the chance to take a year in industry as well as to study and work abroad for a semester, which will broaden your experience and boost your employment prospects.
  • VIBRANT COMMUNITY: You’ll join a friendly community including our enthusiastic Mathematics Society and research-active lecturers. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with research projects which our teaching team are working on.
  • PRACTICAL SKILLS: You will build vital transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication, digital skills, teamwork and networking.
  • OPTIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR: Gain valuable experience in industry by taking an optional placement year between years two and three.
WHAT YOU’LL COVER: You’ll spend 50% of your time on Mathematics and 50% on Computing. You will develop the skills you need to design, implement and test computer-robust and reliable programmes using the latest software, databases and programming languages. We will introduce you to the topics of discrete and computational mathematics that support computing, such as set theory, logic and matrices. You will also learn the fundamental theories, concepts and practices of computer programming. HOW YOU’LL LEARN: Lectures are combined with tutorials to promote discussion, encourage a deeper understanding and develop your problem-solving skills. There is also a weekly drop-in clinic for students to receive one-to-one help and support from dedicated and understanding staff. YOUR CAREER: Follow in the footsteps of our high-flying graduates who have gone on to work for organisations such as the London Stock Exchange, Microsoft and IBM. Employers recognise and value the problem-solving, analytical and numerical skills and competences that our graduates can offer. You will therefore discover a wide range of career opportunities available to you. Career paths include banking, finance, business, IT or teaching to name but a few. STUDY OPTIONS: This course is also available without a Foundation Year.

Course details


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeGG4F
Institution code D39
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points We encourage you to outline all your qualifications and achievements in your application to provide us a full picture. Your offer will typically be based on your predicted and/or achieved grades from full level 3 qualifications or above e.g. A levels, BTEC Ext Diploma, Access to HE, etc. Any subject specifics are outlined below in the Further Information section, and these specifics are applicable across all equivalent qualifications. A strong application/performance and appropriate experience will be taken into account where typical criteria is not met.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits: 45 at Level 3 15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English Grade 4/C (or above) or equivalent qualification

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14045 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Mathematics (Computing pathway) with Foundation Year at University of Derby - UCAS