Mathematics with Statistics (Placement Year)

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code GCG3
  • Entry Year 2023 or 2022
  • A Level Requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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Mathematics and statistics underpin all aspects of modern life: advances in science, innovations in medicine, new technology, and business. A placement year offers you the chance to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in your first two years and will prepare you for a wide range of rewarding career opportunities.

Mathematics and statistics allow us to understand our world at the most fundamental level. Studying these subjects provides us with information in its purest form, giving us answers to problems from all aspects of life. You can learn to study and predict patterns and changes in everything, including human behaviour, plant growth, chemical reactions, and stocks and shares. As a result, an advanced understanding of maths and stats is highly sort after in a range of industries.

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.

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.

To prepare you for your work placement year, our Careers and Placements Team will provide advice and guidance on: the skills required to create effective CVs, cover letters and applications; tips and techniques on how to make an impact at interviews and assessment centres; how to create a relevant digital profile; and how to research employers and career sectors of interest. In addition, there is great emphasis placed upon developing self-awareness and on how to present yourself in a professional manner to employers. This optional provision will be delivered via a blend of traditional and digital methods including face-to-face workshops, online webinars, e-courses and 1:1 appointments.

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.

The University will use all reasonable effort to support you to find a suitable placement for your studies. While a placement role may not be available in a field or organisation that is directly related to your academic studies or career aspirations, all placement roles offer valuable experience of working at a graduate level and gaining a range of professional skills. If you are unsuccessful in securing a suitable placement for your third year, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent non-placement degree scheme and continue with your studies at Lancaster, finishing your degree after your third year.

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, Medical Statistics and Stochastic Processes. 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 accreditation

Royal Statistical Society logo

Graduate Statistician status is awarded by the Royal Statistical Society to successful graduates of accredited degrees.

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries logo

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

Institute of Mathematics logo

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.

Learn more about the Institute of Mathematics accreditation

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.

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 (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC Accepted alongside A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics

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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2022/23 were:

UK International
£9,250 £25,270

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Laura Patterson

A place for Laura

The diversity of opportunities at Lancaster has very much appealed to me during my time here. I have tried to make the most of these by taking part in everything from part-time work and volunteering to societies. As a Student Ambassador and Tutor, I've met new people and formed friendships that I otherwise may not have had. The part-time jobs have provided me with the extra income that I worried about having before I came to university, as well as many great opportunities to network and impress interviewers for roles.

Lancaster has helped me achieve all I have wanted and more. I have gained an insight experience at Deutsche Bank during the second year, allowing me to see how an investment bank operates - including experiencing the technology department of the trading floor of the company, which was such a surreal experience!

Last summer, I spent 10 weeks as an intern at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. This took place during the World Cup, which added an extra element of excitement and bonding between interns. I successfully obtained a graduate job offer. This meant that I had an offer for a job after university before even beginning my final year, which has been such a relief. This was all paid too, allowing me to save for my future.

My advice would be to grab every opportunity you can, as you never know where it may lead. This has led me to uncover key skills, such as work-life balance, time management and communication that I hope will serve me well in my future.

Laura Patterson

A student swims in a coral reef

Study Abroad

Several of our degree programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at one of our partner institutions. Destinations vary each year, with past students staying in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

We choose our partner universities to ensure that the course content of your third year complements the rest of your degree programme. You will study modules that link to those taught at Lancaster. You will have the opportunity to study specialist modules offered by our partner universities.

The modules that you study during your year abroad will count towards your final degree classification.

A year abroad will highlight to potential employers that you are flexible, adaptable and independent. You will also show cultural awareness and the ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

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