University of the West of Scotland

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

The BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme is designed to fulfil the requirements of the QAA subject benchmark statement for Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (MSOR) (2015). The overall aim of the programme is to develop individuals with a range of transferable graduate skills, who will acquire Honours-level knowledge and skills in Mathematics. Students electing to take the relevant options at Levels 9 and 10 will also acquire Honours-level knowledge and skills in Statistics. The programme offers the fundamentals of Mathematics and Statistics as core science. Presentations, group exercises and computer laboratory sessions develop applied practical and communication skills. Across the four years of the programme, increasingly complex understanding of Mathematics and Statistics, viz. Algebra, Calculus, Probability & Statistics, is developed. In each year, students have the option to study modules in other disciplines, preferably Chemistry, Computing, or Physics. Examples of such choices at Level 7 can be found below. This allows for the broadening of the educational experience and an opportunity for students to interact with peers in other disciplines. In accordance with the relevant benchmarks, graduates should be able to demonstrate: • a sound understanding of the basic body of knowledge for the course of study, normally including calculus and linear algebra; • the attainment of a suitable level of skill in calculation and manipulation within this basic body of knowledge and some capability to solve problems formulated within it; • the application of core concepts and principles in well-defined contexts, showing judgement in the selection and application of tools and techniques; • an understanding of logical arguments, identifying the assumptions made and the conclusions drawn; • a familiarity with the notion of mathematical modelling and the attainment of a suitable level of skill in comprehending problems, formulating them mathematically and obtaining solutions by appropriate methods; • an ability to communicate straightforward arguments and conclusions accurately and clearly; • competent use of appropriate computer technology, and; • the ability to manage their own learning and make use of appropriate resources. Further, the programme is aligned with the UWS Graduate Attributes, which states that UWS graduates should be: • universal - globally relevant with comprehensively applicable abilities, skills and behaviours; • work ready - dynamic and prepared for employment in complex, ever-changing environments which require lifelong learning and resilience, and; • successful - as a UWS graduate with a solid foundation on which to continue succeeding and realising (my) potential, across various contexts. The programme will encourage the student to engage in lifelong learning, study, and enquiry and to appreciate the value of mathematics and statistics to society. It will also assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working. Opportunities for further study Honours graduates may choose to pursue further study of Mathematics and/or Statistics through Masters or Doctoral programmes at this or other universities. Further, graduates may choose to study for a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Secondary, at this or other universities.

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Paisley Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Entry to Year 1 with SWAP (BBB) in Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £17250* Year 1
International £17250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.
Mathematics at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS