Our Foundation Year programme enables you to develop your mathematics skills and start learning some university-level material, so that you’ll be ready to succeed on your chosen mathematics programme.
You’ll be taught by our world-leading mathematicians and we rapidly adapt what we teach to reflect the fast-moving graduate employment market.
Why study a Mathematics degree at Kent
You’ll learn skills that are highly-valued by the best employers in business, finance, computing and engineering
You'll use industry-standard software like Maple, MATLAB, R and Python.
You'll see how mathematics is crucial in data science, conservation, and healthcare.
You’ll study in award-winning classrooms and breakout spaces that have been specially designed for mathematics.
You'll be able to join brilliant Student Societies for specialist workshops, revision sessions, socials and networking events.
What you’ll study
In your Foundation Year you’ll cover material from A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, along with advanced topics from university-level studies preparing you for your degree.
On completion of the Foundation Year, you have the option to continue to one of the following BSc programmes: Mathematics - BSc (Hons), Mathematics and Statistics - BSc (Hons), Mathematics and Accounting and Finance - BA (Hons).
In Stage 1 you’ll study a mixture of pure & applied maths and statistics, setting you up to create the degree that you want. Small group tutorials help to bridge the gap between school and university and develop your problem-solving skills.
In Stage 2 you build on this base, moving into advanced topics like analysis, number theory, numerical methods and statistical modelling.
In your final year you get to choose. You can specialise in highly academic topics which typically include: topology, complex analysis, non-linear systems and quantum mechanics. You can look at application areas such as machine learning, games & strategy and finance. Or if you prefer, you can do a bit of both.
As you progress, you can tailor your degree to your interests through our optional modules. You can also take a project module and, under supervision, research a current topic.
This degree can also be taken as a five-year programme with a Year in Industry between Stage 2 and your final year.
Teaching amounts to approximately 16 hours of lectures and classes per week. Modules that involve programming or working with computer software packages usually include practical sessions.
The majority of Stage 1 modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations. Many Stage 2 and 3 modules include coursework which normally counts for 20% of the final assessment. Both Stage 2 and 3 marks count towards your final degree result.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the core principles of calculus, algebra, mathematical methods, discrete mathematics, analysis and linear algebra
- statistics in the areas of probability and inference
- information technology as relevant to mathematicians
- methods and techniques of mathematics
- the role of logical mathematical argument and deductive reasoning.
You develop your intellectual skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate a reasonable understanding of mathematics
- the calculation and manipulation of the material written within the programme
- the ability to apply a range of concepts and principles in various contexts
- the ability to use logical argument
- the ability to solve mathematical problems by various methods
- the relevant computer skills
- the ability to work independently.
You gain subject-specific skills in the following areas:
- the ability to demonstrate knowledge of key mathematical concepts and topics, both explicitly and by applying them to the solution of problems
- the ability to comprehend problems, abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in symbolic form so as to facilitate their analysis and solution
- the use of computational and more general IT facilities as an aid to mathematical processes
- the presentation of mathematical arguments and conclusions with clarity and accuracy.
You gain transferable skills in the following areas:
- problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
- communication skills
- numeracy and computational skills
- information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including through online computer searches
- information technology skills such as wordprocessing, spreadsheet use and internet communication
- time-management and organisational skills, as shown by the ability to plan and implement effective modes of working
- study skills needed for continuing professional development.
The programme aims to:
- equip students with the technical appreciation, skills and knowledge appropriate to a degree in Mathematics
- develop students’ facilities of rigorous reasoning and precise expression
- develop students’ abilities to formulate and solve mathematical problems
- encourage an appreciation of recent developments in mathematics and of the links between the theory of mathematics and its practical application
- provide students with a logical, mathematical approach to solving problems
- provide students with an enhanced capacity for independent thought and work
- ensure students are competent in the use of information technology and are familiar with computers and the relevant software
- provide students with opportunities to study advanced topics in mathematics, engage in research at some level, and develop communication and personal skills.