This course is designed for people who want to study engineering, mathematics or physics, but do not have the usual A-level or equivalent mathematics qualification.
If you do not have the usual A level or equivalent qualifications, successfully completing this course allows you to continue on to an engineering, physics or mathematics degree.
It is ideal for • mature students who have been out of education for some time or do not have relevant qualifications • school leavers with A levels or equivalent qualifications that do not include mathematics or physics.
What you study
You study mathematics, basic engineering principles and associated subjects, including
• mathematics relevant to engineering
• physics relevant to engineering
• materials science
• professional skills
• practical applications of engineering or mathematics.
You are taught and assessed using techniques that are used on the degree courses, such as assignments, lab exercises, individual and group presentations and formal examinations. This helps you to prepare for the transition to a degree course.
Teaching methods include classes in small tutor groups, large lectures with all students together, and practical investigations.
What this course leads to
If you successfully complete the course, you can move on to a place on one of our specialised engineering degrees or on the BSc (Honours) Mathematics or BSc (Honours) Physics degree.
Engineering degrees include • food engineering • aerospace • mechanical engineering • electrical and electronic engineering • materials engineering • automotive engineering • computer and network engineering • product design • sport technology.
This course can also lead to acceptance on to our BSc (Honours) Secondary Education in Mathematics with Qualified Teacher Status, subject to relevant work experience and successful interview.
You follow this course with three or four years of academic study on your chosen degree, plus an optional one year industrial training placement. Details of the placement are in the course entry for individual degree courses.
As the preparatory year is part of an engineering or mathematics degree, you can claim the normal student support from your local education authority.
We teach this course in partnership with Sheffield College. The majority of teaching takes place at our City Campus, with some teaching at Sheffield College.
2017 entry requirements
Normally five GCSE passes at grade C or above including mathematics, science and English language, plus 160 points from GCE/VCE A levels including 80 points from one GCE/VCE A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications.
We may also accept you, if you have no formal qualifications but can show evidence of your ability and a genuine commitment to studying mathematics.
If you are in employment, you may be able to make an APEL (accreditation of prior experiential learning) or APCL (accreditation of prior credited learning) claim for the second year modules. Please contact us for more information.
We treat this two years' foundation course as part of the mathematical sciences degree programme. Offers are for up to seven years of part-time study. This is made up of the foundation plus one of our mathematical science degrees.
If you are a UK student, you may be able to claim financial support for this course.
If English is not your first language, you need evidence of one of the following
• IELTS – 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.0 in each skill
• TOEFL – 550 (manual paper-based assessment)
• TOEFL – 250 (electronic-based assessment)
First two years of a part-time seven year degree
Typical modules may include
|Year one modules||
• foundation mathematics 1 • foundation mathematics 2 • fundamental engineering principles
|Year two core modules||
• professional skills • materials science • electrical and electronic principles
|Year two options||
One from • mathematics workshop 3 • engineering investigations
This course prepares you for a range of engineering degree courses that develop your personal and specialist skills, which you can apply to engineering and technology associated industries.
Our mathematics graduates have gone on to various careers including working as researchers here at Sheffield Hallam, as well as at Loughborough and Sheffield Universities, researching areas such as • wound healing • black holes • fluid flow.
You can also go into more general employment using your analytical and numerical skills.
Home / EU student
Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2017/18 academic year
Typically £4,625 a year
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.
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.