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Year of Entry 2020/21
BSc (Honours)

Mathematics with Foundation Year

Full-time Mathematics

Gain a degree in mathematics, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A032
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • 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.

Course leaders and tutors

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David O'Sullivan
Senior Lecturer

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.

The space is also used for social-professional activities, such as the weekly Maths Arcade project, in which you can learn strategic thinking through playing strategy games. From your first week of your second year you work on projects with your coursemates as well as third or final year students, helping you settle in and form friendship groups that last throughout your course and beyond.

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Future careers

95% of students on this course are in work or further study six months after graduating, with 72% of these in professional or managerial roles (based on the latest available figures from 2015/16).

This course prepares you for a large number of careers, which include

  • finance
  • data analysis
  • computing
  • teaching

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with different types of technology, which may include

  • Excel
  • Matlab
  • SAS (used for statistical analysis)

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

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

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4
  • Science at grade C or 4

• Access - an 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.

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 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

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.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Electrical And Electronic Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foundation Mathematics 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foundation Mathematics 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamental Engineering Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Materials And Manufacturing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Engineering Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematical Investigations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Mathematical Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematical Modelling 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematical Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Number And Structure Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Probability And Statistics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Explorations In Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dynamical Systems & Fourier Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Linear & Discrete Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematical Analysis Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematical Modelling 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Statistical Theory And Methods Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Mathematics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematics Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming With Mathematical Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pure Mathematics In Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Mathematics courses (PDF)

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