BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Including Foundation Year)

Want to study Mathematics at university but don’t have the grades? The Foundation route is designed for applicants who do not meet the admissions criteria for our BSc (Hons) Mathematics. This additional year focuses on key material from A-Level Mathematics, its applications and a number of more advanced topics.

The course will involve  a large number of contact hours with Mathematics staff to ensure you are properly supported. Successfully passing the Foundation year guarantees you entry onto the first year of our BSc Mathematics course where you will build upon and apply the knowledge gained during the Foundation year. Our BSc and MMath degrees are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Follow us on Twitter.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
M11F Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

On this Foundation year, you will study advanced topics in mathematics and its applications to best prepare you for success on a Mathematics degree. In particular, you will learn about methods in calculus, vectors and matrices, complex numbers, mathematical proof, mechanics, probability and statistics and mathematical computing.

Foundation Year: Mathematics Degree

  • Fundamentals of University Mathematics
  • Applications and Investigations
  • Computer Literacy
  • Working Effectively with Computers

The following years are in common with the BSc Mathematics degree.

Year One: Mathematics Degree

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Algorithms and Software Tools
  • Mathematical Modelling and Mechanics
  • Mathematical Proof and Analysis

Year Two: Mathematics Degree

  • Abstract and Linear Algebra
  • Further Calculus
  • Management Science
  • Further Statistics
  • Combinatorics and Networks
  • Financial Modelling
  • Pattern Recognition and Decision Making

Year Three: Mathematics Degree

  • Codes and Information
  • Cryptography and Information Security
  • Operational Research
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Nonlinear Systems and Mathematical Biology
  • Introduction to SAS and Statistical Forecasting
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Final Year Project
  • Extended Tutoring in Schools and Colleges

You will also be introduced to specialist mathematical software that will be used throughout your Maths degree.


This Maths course is taught through a combination of lectures, practical classes, workshops and tutorials averaging over 12 hours of contact time with staff each week. Your understanding of the material introduced in lessons will be reinforced through independent learning outside of scheduled classes.

You’ll be taught by active researchers and practising mathematicians, which ensures you are exposed to current real-world problems, methodologies, and industry-standard techniques and software.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, phased class tests and formal exams. The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with regular feedback on your work so that you can identify your strengths and weaknesses and therefore allow you to develop into an all-rounded mathematician.


USW’s Mathematics degree is accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics and its applications.


Practice is so important in gaining understanding of complex mathematical techniques, which is why we have two student workrooms dedicated to our mathematics students. These facilitate a learning environment where you can work individually or in groups and as they are located next to the staff offices you will have no problem finding help if you get stuck.

In industry, computing power is now vital to aid complex Mathematical calculations on a daily basis. Therefore throughout their Mathematics degree, students will be exposed to a variety of key industry computer packages to facilitate their learning. Those available include core mathematical packages such as Maple and MATLAB; invaluable statistical packages: SAS, IBM SPSS Statistics and R; as well as sought-after Operational Research techniques including optimisation through FICO XPRESS IVE, modelling in Stella and Simulation in Simul8. Students will also be taught sought-after programming skills in Python.


Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include Mathematics

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly. 

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Our Mathematics degrees have a very strong employment record. 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating. Among many other careers, recent graduates of our Maths course are now working as statisticians, financial modellers, computer programmers, researchers, teachers, accountants and actuaries.