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Foundation in Mathematics

Foundation course

Key facts


UCAS code

G101

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

UCAS Tariff Points

64

Overview


This Foundation Year in Mathematics will give you the skills and knowledge required to progress onto an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, such as our BSc Mathematics course

This course will start with a thorough revision of GCSE and A-level Mathematics and will continue with an introduction to university mathematics. Furthermore, you will learn transferable skills that are key for undergraduate studies in Mathematics such as coding or data analysis. These skills are in high demand by employers in exponentially growing sectors.

During this 1 year course, you will study an introduction to;

  • data analysis
  • computer programming, or coding
  • linear algebra and calculus 
  • probability and statistics, with applications to the real world
  • and university level mathematics.

You will learn how to use software to solve mathematical problems and find solutions. Your problem solving skills will be enhanced and you'll gain analytical skills that will be pivotal to progressing onto further study. 

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How to apply


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 64

A Level: CC

IB Points: 24

BTEC: MPP or MM

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Points may be counted from qualifications equivalent to up to 3 A-levels only.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment


The assessment of all the Mathematics modules has been carefully designed to encourage you to act on feedback and reward progress. Moreover, in modules such as Basic Data Analysis or Foundations of Computer Programming, the assessment methods will align with those used in the undergraduate programme, so that you can familiarise well with writing reports on data analysis as well as assignments requiring writing code. 
 

Student discussing work with tutor

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Advanced Mathematics (15 credits)

Basic Data Analysis (15 credits)

Basic Survey Methods (15 credits)

Foundation Mathematics (30 credits)

Foundations of Computer Programming (15 credits)

Mathematics for Computing (15 credits)

Study Skills in HE (15 credits)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

We use a wide range of teaching methods, including;

  • lectures
  • problem-solving classes
  • group work
  • guided reading 
  • research. 

You will receive extensive handouts and booklets during sessions and lectures. Our experienced staff provide tutorial support in practical classes. And you can see them one-to-one when needed.

You will be able to access online educational materials through our virtual learning environment. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 36%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 64%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Our assessment methods include;

  • individual work
  • group assignments
  • presentations
  • project work.

Coursework is an important part of your assessments and provides valuable feedback. We assess most modules through a mixture of coursework and examination, but some are assessed solely on coursework.

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 30%
  • Coursework - 70%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.