Foundation in Mathematics

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Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024



Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

UCAS Tariff Points


  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)


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


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in Mathematics and English

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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students. 

The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

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 are detailed below.

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. 

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Advanced Mathematics (15 credits)

Throughout this module, you will dive deep into the realms of linear algebra and calculus, acquiring a diverse repertoire of techniques and methods to conquer complex mathematical problems. From matrix operations to differential equations, you will unravel the intricacies of these subjects, honing your analytical skills and cultivating a profound understanding of their underlying principles. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to apply your mathematical knowledge to real-life scenarios, crafting mathematical models that shed light on practical challenges and further enhancing your problem-solving abilities. 

By the end of this module, you will unlock a plethora of benefits and valuable learning outcomes. The module's emphasis on rigorous proof techniques will equip you with the capacity to construct compelling arguments, fostering logical reasoning and critical thinking skills essential for mathematical exploration. 

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 those 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. 


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.

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.