BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Including Foundation Year)

Top 15 in the UK and top in Wales for Mathematics The Times Good University Guide 2021

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 degree. This additional year focuses on key material from A-Level Mathematics, its applications and a number of more advanced topics.

The Foundation Maths 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 Maths degrees are accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Our Mathematics courses are ranked as top in Wales by the Guardian League Table 2021.

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2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G108 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G108 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

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
  • Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Schools and Colleges

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

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.


You won’t be confined to the classroom during your studies at USW. Students have opportunities to engage with local school pupils who visit the University for events and revision conferences. These are great opportunities if you want to inspire young people in mathematics, or if you’re thinking about a career in teaching.

As part of your Maths degree, you can spend up to a year in the workplace as part of your course. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Work experience can help with your final-year studies and will look impressive on your CV – plus you’ll have relevant experiences to talk about at interview.


Practice is so important in gaining understanding of complex mathematical techniques, which is why we have state-of-the-art computer laboratories with mathematical software, as well as 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 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

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £13800 

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Full-time UK: 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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS £57.20
Students opting to take the optional 'Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Schools and Colleges' module in Year 2 must obtain a DBS certificate, at their own cost. The fee covers the cost of the enhanced check, online admin fees and the post office checks.
DBS Update Service £13.00
Where applicable, we recommend you sign up for this service, especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

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 degree focuses on giving you the best chance of securing your dream job. Graduates have an excellent track record of gaining employment – We are also top 15 in the UK and top in Wales for Mathematics according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

Mathematicians and statisticians are in high demand. Most areas of modern life rely on mathematics, so the need for mathematicians, statisticians and mathematics teachers continues to grow. Many employers value the skills you’ll gain on a Mathematics degree, such as refined problem solving and logical thinking. Our graduates find employment in many branches of industry, commerce and public sector organisations. They are especially successful in areas that use mathematical modelling, coding and cryptography, software development, statistics, operational research, and teaching. Many also progress to further study or research at postgraduate level.

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