Guidance to prospective Lancaster mathematics undergraduates

We encourage all those with a passion for mathematics to think about applying to Lancaster University to study for one of our degrees.

These guidelines are specifically for applicants sitting A Levels, but we also accept the International Baccalaureate, the European Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and a wide variety of international qualifications.

The guidance on this page applies to all the Lancaster degrees for which the Department of Mathematics and Statistics is the administering department: Mathematics; Mathematics with Statistics; Statistics; Computer Science & Mathematics; Financial Mathematics; and Mathematics & Philosophy.

For other combined degrees involving mathematics, our partner department is the administering department and you should contact the partner department for detailed admissions information.

 

Management School - lumsugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

BSc/BSc (Industry) Accounting, Finance & Mathematics;

BSc/BSc (Industry) Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistcs and Economics 

BSc/BSc (Industry) Economics & Mathematics; 

Department of Languages and Cultureslangadmit@lancaster.ac.uk

BA French Studies & Mathematics

BA German Studies & Mathematics

BA Spanish Studies & Mathematics 

Department of Physicsphysics-ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

BSc/MSci/MSci (Study Abroad) Theoretical Physics with Mathematics

Department of Natural Sciencesnaturalsci@lancaster.ac.uk.

BSc Natural Sciences

 

 

Which A Levels should I be studying?

Our minimum requirement for A Level applicants is that you should be studying at least three A Levels including A Level Mathematics. We encourage, but do not require, you to study A Level Further Mathematics as well - our standard offer is slightly lower for those taking A Level Further Mathematics. If it is not possible for you to study A Level Further Mathematics, think about studying AS Level Further Mathematics - the style of mathematics in Further Mathematics, especially Further Pure Mathematics, is similar to university mathematics and will be excellent preparation for further study.

We do not usually accept vocational qualifications like BTEC or Cambridge Technicals, unless you are also studying A Level Mathematics and A Level Further Mathematics. If this applies to you, then we would treat your vocational qualification as equivalent to a third A Level.

 

What about STEP?

The Sixth Term Examination Papers in Mathematics are a set of three papers, set by Cambridge Assessment and sat in June, which are designed to really test your problem-solving skills. Each paper lasts three hours and contains thirteen relatively long questions, all of which are optional - you answer as many of them as you wish, up to a maximum of six questions. You may enter any combination of the three papers - those applying to Cambridge will usually sit Paper 2 and Paper 3, while those applying to Warwick or Bath will usually sit Paper 1 plus, optionally, one or both of the other papers.

We value the way that STEP develops advanced problem-solving skills and all our standard offers include an alternative, slightly lower offer that includes a pass (Grade 3) in any STEP. Sitting STEP is optional, however, and if you choose not to sit STEP, this won't harm your chances of receiving an offer from us. If you sit STEP and do not pass, please do not worry - we will treat you exactly the same as if you hadn't sat STEP at all.

More information about STEP is at http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/step/about-step/

What about the Test of Maths for University Admission?

The Test of Maths for University Admission is  test, set by Cambridge Assessment and sat in November. Like STEP, the Test of Maths for University Admission is designed to test your problem-solving and readiness for university-level mathematics, but the format is very different - it is made up of two multiple-choice question papers, each lasting 75 minutes. Results are available at the end of November - you will receive a grade ranging from 1.0 to 9.0.

A strong performance in the Test of Maths for University Admission is very impressive. If you sit the Test and perform well, achieving a score above 4.5, you may well receive a lower offer from us. Sitting the Test is optional, however, and if you choose not to sit the Test, this won't harm your chances of receiving an offer from us. Indeed:

  • you do not need to tell us that you're sitting the Test;
  • if you sit the test, you do not need to tell us your result; and
  • a poor result will not damage your chances - we will treat you the same as if you hadn't sat the Test at all.

If you inform us of your Test result before receiving an offer from us, and have achieved a score of 4.5 or higher, we will take this into account when we decide on your application, and we may well make you a lower offer than usual.

If you inform us of your Test result after receiving an offer from us, and have achieved a score of 4.5 or higher, we will consider your result, and may well replace your existing offer with a lower one.

More information about the Test of Maths for University Admission is at http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/test-of-mathematics-for-university-admission/about-the-test-of-mathematics-for-university-admission/

Our standard offer

The standard offers for courses administered by our Department are outlined in the table below. 

 

Programme of Study

STEP/TMUA

Including Maths (at Grade A)

Including Maths and Further Maths (at least one at Grade A)

BSc/BSc(Industry)/MSci/MSci (Study Abroad)

-          Mathematics

-          Statistics

-          Mathematics  with Statistics

 

BSc/BSc (Industry)/MSci Financial Mathematics

 

BSc/MSci Computer Science and Mathematics  

Not taken

AAA

AAB

STEP Level 3 +

Or TMUA 4.5+

AAB

 

ABB

 

 

BA Mathematics and Philosophy

 

Not taken

AAB

ABB

STEP Level 3 +

Or TMUA 4.5+

ABB

ABB

 

BA French Studies and Mathematics

BA German Studies and Mathematics

 BA Spanish Studies and Mathematics

 

 N/A

AAB

(Maths Grade A, Language Grade B) 

ABB

(Maths Grade A, Language Grade B)

BSc/ BSc (Industry) Accounting, Finance and Mathematics

BSc/ BSc (Industry)  Accounting, Finance and Mathematics

BSc Economics and Mathematics

 BSc Management Mathematics

N/A

AAB including Maths or Further Maths Grade A

 

BSc Theoretical Physics with Mathematics

 

 

N/A

AAB including Maths and Physics

MSci Theoretical Physics with Mathematics

MSci Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad )

N/A

AAA including Maths and Physics