Mathematics (Placement Year) BSc Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
G102

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Our Mathematics (Placement Year) degree offers you the chance to apply the knowledge you’ve gained from our comprehensive range of modules in your first two years whilst working full-time in industries from the public and private sectors.

Mathematics forms the foundations of all science and technology and as such is an extensive and rigorous discipline. Our programme reflects this and offers a comprehensive, detailed study through excellent teaching and development opportunities. Maths is difficult to concisely define, but at its core it is the study of change, patterns, quantities, structures and space. This engaging programme, and our reputation for excellence in research, means that you will receive high quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout the three years, you will develop a range of discipline specific skills and gain specialist knowledge that will prepare you for your chosen career.

During your first year, you will build on your previous knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Modules cover a wide range of topics from calculus, probability and statistics to logic, proofs and theorems. As well as developing your technical knowledge and mathematical skills, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills. To prepare you for your third year placement, you’ll undertake the Preparation for Placement module which provides guidance on writing your CV, finding a placement and interview techniques.

In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge in analysis, algebra, probability and statistics. You will also be introduced to Computational Mathematics, exploring the theory and application of computation and numerical problem-solving methods. While studying these topics, you will complete our Project Skills module, which provides you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through an individual and group project. Additionally, you will gain experience of scientific writing, and you will practise using statistical software such as R and LaTeX. In Lent term you’ll complete the Work Based Learning Preparation module which covers topics such as workplace structures, handling difficult conversations and the importance of being a reflective practitioner.

In third year you will undertake a 12 month placement which will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve learnt in Years 1 and 2, and to gain invaluable experience which will make you highly employable when you graduate. Our Faculty Placements Team and Careers service will support you in securing your placement, which will be of graduate level, and will continue to support you throughout the year to ensure that you are getting the most out of your year away from Lancaster. As well as your paid employment, you will submit monthly learning logs reflecting on your experience.

Returning to Lancaster, your final year offers a wide range of specialist optional modules, allowing you to develop and drive the programme to suit your interests and guide you to a specific career pathway. You will have the chance to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the first two years in advanced mathematical modules such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Hilbert Space and Metric Spaces.  Looking back at your placement year, you will also complete a portfolio of work-based learning reflections such as the skills you’ve developed and the experiences you’ve had, and how this has impacted upon your future aspirations. 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Our Mathematics (Placement Year) degree offers you the chance to apply the knowledge you’ve gained from our comprehensive range of modules in your first two years whilst working full-time in industries from the public and private sectors.

    Mathematics forms the foundations of all science and technology and as such is an extensive and rigorous discipline. Our programme reflects this and offers a comprehensive, detailed study through excellent teaching and development opportunities. Maths is difficult to concisely define, but at its core it is the study of change, patterns, quantities, structures and space. This engaging programme, and our reputation for excellence in research, means that you will receive high quality teaching delivered by academics who are leaders in their field. Throughout the three years, you will develop a range of discipline specific skills and gain specialist knowledge that will prepare you for your chosen career.

    During your first year, you will build on your previous knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Modules cover a wide range of topics from calculus, probability and statistics to logic, proofs and theorems. As well as developing your technical knowledge and mathematical skills, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills. To prepare you for your third year placement, you’ll undertake the Preparation for Placement module which provides guidance on writing your CV, finding a placement and interview techniques.

    In the second year, you will further develop your knowledge in analysis, algebra, probability and statistics. You will also be introduced to Computational Mathematics, exploring the theory and application of computation and numerical problem-solving methods. While studying these topics, you will complete our Project Skills module, which provides you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through an individual and group project. Additionally, you will gain experience of scientific writing, and you will practise using statistical software such as R and LaTeX. In Lent term you’ll complete the Work Based Learning Preparation module which covers topics such as workplace structures, handling difficult conversations and the importance of being a reflective practitioner.

    In third year you will undertake a 12 month placement which will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills that you’ve learnt in Years 1 and 2, and to gain invaluable experience which will make you highly employable when you graduate. Our Faculty Placements Team and Careers service will support you in securing your placement, which will be of graduate level, and will continue to support you throughout the year to ensure that you are getting the most out of your year away from Lancaster. As well as your paid employment, you will submit monthly learning logs reflecting on your experience.

    Returning to Lancaster, your final year offers a wide range of specialist optional modules, allowing you to develop and drive the programme to suit your interests and guide you to a specific career pathway. You will have the chance to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained in the first two years in advanced mathematical modules such as Combinatorics, Number Theory, Hilbert Space and Metric Spaces.  Looking back at your placement year, you will also complete a portfolio of work-based learning reflections such as the skills you’ve developed and the experiences you’ve had, and how this has impacted upon your future aspirations. 

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA including A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics OR AAB including A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

    IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL

    BTEC May be accepted alongside A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

    STEP Paper or the Test of Mathematics for University Admission Please note it is not a compulsory entry requirement to take these tests, but for applicants who are taking any of the papers alongside Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics we may be able to make a more favourable offer. Full details can be found on the Mathematics and Statistics webpage.

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    The versatility of a mathematics and statistics degree opens up a broad range of career options.  Your skills in logical thinking, analytical working and problem solving are highly transferable and much sought after by employers.  Recent graduates are pursuing career paths as actuaries, analysts, clinical and medical statisticians, software developers, accountants, and teachers.  Others remain at Lancaster to study at Masters or PhD level.     

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates who complete the required number of Part II statistics modules.
Completion of this programme can lead to recommendation for exemption from some examinations with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is a chartered professional body for mathematicians in the UK. Accreditation means that our degrees demonstrate both a high level of competency and professionalism in the area of mathematics.
Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates who complete the required number of Part II statistics modules.

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Completion of this programme can lead to recommendation for exemption from some examinations with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications is a chartered professional body for mathematicians in the UK. Accreditation means that our degrees demonstrate both a high level of competency and professionalism in the area of mathematics.

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Download the latest Mathematics & Statistics brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

Our Courses

Our courses offer academic excellence. We have 3 single-honours degrees and 10 combined-honours degrees. We have focused our courses in the first two years, so you can choose from a wide range of third and fourth-year topics. Our academic research shapes our courses with the latest developments.

Friendly and Collaborative

The department has around 50 academic staff and 500 undergraduate students. Throughout your course, you will have weekly workshops and marked assignments. You will have opportunity to discuss each topic and get feedback from expert tutors. We also offer one-to-one sessions during lecturers' office hours, so you soon get to know us and vice versa.

Supportive Environment

You will receive the support you need to achieve your full academic potential. We are a friendly department and foster a supportive learning environment. You will have an academic tutor who will assist you throughout your degree. We also encourage you to attend our weekly Maths Café, lead by fellow students.

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