University of Central Lancashire

Mathematics (Foundation Entry) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate


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For many reasons, students who aspire to study mathematics at university level can find themselves without the required qualifications. Maybe your A Levels didn’t go to plan, or you have been out of formal education for a while and want to get back into mathematics. In either case, this course is designed for you. The foundation year builds on your existing mathematical skills, preparing you for entry into the BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree. The syllabus covers a range of mathematical topics, including the applications of mathematics in physics and engineering. At the end of the foundation year, if you attain good enough grades, you can progress onto the mathematics degree, or onto a degree in physics, astrophysics, or engineering.

Deepen your understanding of pure and applied maths and statistics with our four-year mathematics degree. With a broad range of topics available to study, this allows you to shape your degree to your own interests and career aspirations, and is ideal if you want to go onto postgraduate study. You’ll be taught in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, by staff with doctoral research degrees, from mathematically diverse backgrounds. Get the benefit from small intimate class sizes, giving you regular opportunities for help and support from your tutors.

On the Mathematics degree you study six mathematics modules in each year of your studies. Each module contains 200 hours of work and during the first year about 70 hours of this is timetabled class contact. Timetabled sessions are periods in the week where you attend and study with a member of staff present. These sessions can take various formats; a variety of these are used throughout your studies.

The main difference between studying at school and at university is that degree level studies transfer you from dependent learning, being told how to do things, to independent learning, being given a body of information and working out for yourself how to apply it. What this means in a mathematics degree is that you learn to discover mathematical concepts and their uses for yourself.

Course details


Year 1: Compulsory Modules; Foundation Mathematics 1, Foundation Mathematics 2, Foundation Mathematics 3, Foundation Mathematics 4.

Optional Modules -
The Physics Group: Foundations of Applied Physics, Motion, Forces, and Force Fields, The Road to Quantum Mechanics
The Computing Group: Introduction to Software Development, Investigating IT, Study Skills: Developing Academic Skills

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Introduction to algebra and linear algebra, Introduction to real analysis, Functions, vectors and calculus, Introduction to mechanics, Computational mathematics, Introduction to probability and statistics

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Algebraic structures, Further real analysis, Ordinary differential equations. Optional: Cryptology, Vector calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, Numerical analysis, Further statistics

Year 4: Compulsory modules: Fields and Galois Theory, Complex analysis, Partial differential equations and integral transforms. Optional: Logic, Fluid dynamics, Mathematical biology, Advanced numerical analysis, Time series and operational Research

Year 5: Optional modules: Advanced Algebra, Graph Theory, Topology, Stability, instability and chaos, Mathematics of waves, Special topics

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code M864
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points
A level 72 UCAS points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP
Access to HE Diploma 72 UCAS points
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS points
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English or equivalent, and GCSE Maths grade A. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DM
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

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