BSc (Hons) Mathematics


Mathematics is present in almost every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s making mobile phones secure, predicting the weather, optimising investments in financial markets or helping an endangered species survive, mathematics is key.

Our world is becoming increasingly data-driven, so the demand for mathematicians with expertise in handling and interpreting data continues to grow.

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the professional society for qualified and practising mathematicians, this maths degree provides a solid grounding in the methods of modern mathematics and will uncover the intrinsic beauty of mathematical ideas.

Our lecturers will provide you with a supportive environment during your studies allowing you to focus on fulfilling your potential. You’ll become an expert in logical thinking and develop refined problem-solving skills, which are highly valued by employers. This maths course will equip you with the skills to pursue a career in industry, government institutions, academia, or the teaching profession.

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
G100 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G100 Full-time 3 Years September Treforest A

The first year of your Maths degree will provide you with a firm and broad foundation in a range of mathematical areas by extending the material you encountered at A-level. As well as being introduced to specialist mathematical software, you’ll begin to apply mathematics to determine solutions to a range of real-world problems.

In subsequent years, you can specialise in areas of mathematics that best suit your interests and career aspirations. These include codes, cryptography, mathematical biology, financial mathematics, statistics, operational research, partial differential equations and financial modelling. In the second year of the Maths course, you can take a teaching-based module that includes a school placement. In the third year you can study a project under the supervision of a lecturer. Recent projects have even been published in international mathematical journals.

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


On this Maths degree, you will spend 18 hours each week in lectures, tutorials and computer laboratories, as well as approximately another 18 hours each week doing exercises based on the lecture content.

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. 


Your assessments will involve examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.


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 enjoyed 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. 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 an 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.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC to include a B grade in Mathematics.

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level to include a B grade in Mathematics

Typical BTEC Offer


Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including a score of 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level. You will also need to obtain a score of 5 or above in English at standard level.


Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass an Access to Higher Education Diploma in Maths and obtain a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

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 strongly on employability and is structured to give you the best chance of securing your dream job.

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Maths student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.