Sheffield Hallam University

Mathematics with foundation year Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Learn about real-life applications of mathematics, including mathematical and numerical approaches to modelling, problem-solving, and statistical methods.
Use technology to apply mathematical techniques, and develop your analysis and interpretation skills to provide solutions.
Work as part of a learning community within a maths-specific shared learning space.
On this course you learn how to use mathematics to solve problems in the real world – which could include environmental, medical, industrial and commercial contexts. In the real world, a problem is rarely presented mathematically. On this applied course you learn how to tackle these types of problems, preparing you for the workplace.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Mathematics course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other engineering, maths and physics foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

We want our graduates to succeed, so you engage with activities that help develop skills in solving problems as well as communicating outputs from them. These include group work, oral presentations, and poster creation. Throughout the degree you develop a range of practical skills, including communication, teamwork and problem-solving.

You learn through

  • lectures

  • tutorials

  • IT sessions

  • problem-based and practical activity-based sessions

  • group and individual project work

  • the opportunity to act as a mentor for other students

  • progress meetings

  • reflective action planning

  • written or electronic coursework assignments

  • presentations

  • in-class tests

  • examinations

In the foundation year, you’ll study the fundamental mathematical principles that you’ll need at undergraduate level, and apply them to a range of different topics. You’ll learn through many of the same techniques used on the degree course, and familiarise yourself with Sheffield Hallam and its facilities — ensuring that you’re ready to hit the ground running.

Applied learning
Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career and a salary of up to £22000 for the year. Students have been on placement at

  • Covance

  • HSBC

  • NHS England

  • Lloyds

  • Pepsico

  • Experian

  • Mercedes

  • IBM

  • Department of Health

  • Airbus

  • Royal Mail

  • ParExel

There are plenty of opportunities locally, but students have gone as far as China for their placement.

We will help you decide whether undertaking a placement is right for you, and will support you in making applications. This is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment and improve your career prospects. It can even lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer.

Live projects

You have opportunities throughout the course to gain practical experience. The course has an applied focus, so you will look at solving real-life problems such as developing a model for a health epidemic, using data in credit scoring, creating sports fixture lists, and many others.

Support and learning environment

We have a strong, supportive learning community, based on excellent staff-student relations. This is helped by a maths-specific shared learning space, designed to combine student workspace with staff office space. As well as having easy access to your lecturers, you work closely with other students in a supportive environment. We aim to provide opportunities to mix outside of formal teaching time.

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
Year 1
Compulsory modules

Electrical And Electronic Principles 20 Credits
Foundation Mathematics 1 20 Credits
Foundation Mathematics 2 20 Credits
Fundamental Engineering Principles 20 Credits
Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing 20 Credits
Elective modules

Engineering Investigations 20 Credits
Mathematical Investigations 20 Credits
Year 2
Compulsory modules

Mathematical Methods 20 Credits
Mathematical Modelling 1 20 Credits
Mathematical Technology 20 Credits
Number And Structure 20 Credits
Probability And Statistics 20 Credits
Elective modules

Explorations In Mathematics 20 Credits
Foreign Language 20 Credits
Year 3
Compulsory modules

Dynamical Systems & Fourier Analysis 20 Credits
Linear & Discrete Mathematics 20 Credits
Mathematical Analysis 20 Credits
Mathematical Modelling 2 20 Credits
Statistical Theory And Methods 20 Credits
Elective modules

Business Mathematics 20 Credits
Foreign Language 20 Credits
Mathematics Education 20 Credits
Programming With Mathematical Applications 20 Credits
Pure Mathematics In Practice 20 Credits
Stochastic And Bayesian Business Methods 20 Credits

Assessment method

  • Coursework

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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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

CDD at A Level.
MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
A combination of qualifications, which may include a maximum of one AS level, EPQ and general studies
Access to HE Diploma M: 15 credits
P: 30 credits
Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English Language at grade C or 4
Maths at grade C or 4
Science at grade C or 4

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 Score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Sponsorship information

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

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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