Mathematics with Foundation Year (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14650 per year

All study options

About Mathematics with Foundation Year at Swansea University

Course Overview

The BSc Mathematics with Foundation Year scheme combines a foundation year (Level 0) followed by the standard BSc modules (Levels 1, 2 and 3), making it appropriate for students who do not have the necessary entry requirements for one of our three year degree schemes. At the end of the foundation year, students will progress to one of our Single Honours degree schemes in Mathematics.

Key features

  • 100% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • 18th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • 91% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
  • High employability - we are 6th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2018] 
  • We are rated as one of the TOP 25 Mathematics departments in the UK, and are within the top third in the world [QS World University Rankings 2015] 
  • Year in Industry programmes available 
  • Teaching and research centres on modern applicable mathematics
  • Extensive selection of final year projects designed to develop excellent transferable skills
  • £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.  (From September 2018)
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]

Course description

  • BSc Integrated four year degree scheme in Mathematics combining a foundation year followed by one of our Single Honours degree schemes.
  • Enhanced first year contact hours and small class sizes.
  • The additional support through the foundation year is particularly suitable for those students who may have under-performed at A level but have an interest in Mathematics and the potential to complete a degree.
  • The scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability.

Career prospects

The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistically analysis, marketing and sales. 

Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities. There is also the option to study further for a higher degree.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta)
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist (C3 Resources Ltd)
  • Research Analyst (Digital-I)
  • Client Relationship Manager (Lasenby Knox)
  • Risk Analyst (TSB Bank)
  • Actuary Trainee (Lloyds Bank)
  • Auditor (KPMG)
  • Data Analyst (Golley Slater)
  • Research Officer (Office for National statistics)
  • Graduate Administrator (HSBC)
  • Junior Pricing Analyst (Admiral Group PLC)
  • Associate (Deloitte LLP)
  • Financial Advisor (Tesco)

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 14650 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Applicants who took Mathematics at A-Level should have CDD.

Applicants who did not study Mathematics at AS or A-Level should have BBC and a B grade for GCSE Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

Applicants with a BTEC or 'Access to Science' background are welcomed.

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants with GCSE qualifications alone.

Access to HE (Science): 27 Merits to include Mathematics.

IB: 24 (including 4 in Maths Higher Level).

OS applicants should have CDD equivalent and IELTS 6.0 (all components at least 5.5).

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee's comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact


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