BSc Mathematics (with Integrated Foundation) G101

International students

Please note that this programme is not available for overseas students. Please see International Foundation Year

Course Overview

Mathematics lecture

The BSc Mathematics with Foundation Year scheme combines a foundation year (Level 0) followed by the standard BSc modules (Levels 1, 2 and 3), making it appropriate for students who do not have the necessary entry requirements for one of our three year degree schemes. At the end of the foundation year, students will progress to one of our Single Honours degree schemes in Mathematics.


This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.

Key Features

  • 100% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • 18th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • 91% for overall satisfaction [National Student Survey 2017]
  • High employability - we are 6th in the UK for graduate prospects [Complete University Guide 2018] 
  • We are rated as one of the TOP 25 Mathematics departments in the UK, and are within the top third in the world [QS World University Rankings 2015] 
  • Year in Industry programmes available 
  • Teaching and research centres on modern applicable mathematics
  • Extensive selection of final year projects designed to develop excellent transferable skills
  • £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.  (From September 2018)
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Entry Level 3 / Year 0
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
BIO005Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Dealing with data
CS-061Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Programming
CSC061Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introduction to Programming
CSC079Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamentals of Robotics
MA-001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Fundamental Mathematics at Work
MA-002Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Fundamental Calculus
MA-003Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Fundamental Complex Numbers
MA-004Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamental Geometry
MA-006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamental Mathematics
MA-008Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Fundamental Mathematical Skills

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-121Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Methods of Algebra and Calculus
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MA-221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Further Methods of Algebra and Calculus
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)


  • BSc Integrated four year degree scheme in Mathematics combining a foundation year followed by one of our Single Honours degree schemes.
  • Enhanced first year contact hours and small class sizes.
  • The additional support through the foundation year is particularly suitable for those students who may have under-performed at A level but have an interest in Mathematics and the potential to complete a degree.
  • The scheme targets the achievement of better degree results and enhanced employability.

Entry Requirements

Applicants who took Mathematics at A-Level should have CDD.

Applicants who did not study Mathematics at AS or A-Level should have BBC and a B grade for GCSE Mathematics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

Applicants with a BTEC or 'Access to Science' background are welcomed.

Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applicants with GCSE qualifications alone.

Access to HE (Science): 27 Merits to include Mathematics.

IB: 24 (including 4 in Maths Higher Level).

OS applicants should have CDD equivalent and IELTS 6.0 (all components at least 5.5).

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

General Studies and Key Skills qualifications are normally excluded from our offers.

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,100

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutor-led tutorials and regular (non-assessed) coursework. The final year modules are more student-centred, to reflect a progression in teaching methods appropriate to the subjects taught. Throughout, the learner is encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught/learnt and to broaden knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You will be assessed through a combination of unseen written examinations, set assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

Find out more about our teaching.

Student profiles

"Further to my studies at Swansea University as a Master of Science graduate in Financial Mathematics, I am currently working at Deutsche Bank in London as part of the Structured Financial Services team providing client services for corporate lending and debt portfolios. The complex nature of the course has helped me become a logical decision maker and a highly skilled problem solver. These transferable skills are very useful in the world of Finance since the role is highly challenging working towards deadlines and structured transaction targets. My studies at Swansea University have also enriched me with leadership, motivational skills and have enhanced my communication skills. I work in a close team of 10 people within a large department which encourages a culture that strives towards learning and effective teamwork. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Swansea University and cherish the many fond memories. I am so pleased to be expanding my horizon within a major financial centre."

Rhian Ivey, BSc Mathematics 2006, MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance 2008

Read our student profiles


The Aubrey Truman Reading Room, located in the centre of the Department of Mathematics, houses the departmental library and computers for student use. It is a popular venue for students to work independently on the regular example sheets set by their lecturers, and to discuss Mathematics together. 

Our main university library, Information Services and Systems (ISS), contains a notably extensive collection of Mathematics books.



The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. Mathematics graduates earn on average 50% more than most other graduates. The most popular areas are the actuarial profession, the financial sector, IT, computer programming and systems administration, and opportunities within business and industry where employers need mathematicians for research and development, statistically analysis, marketing and sales. 

Some of our students have been employed by AXA, BA, Deutsche Bank, Shell Research, Health Authorities and Local Government. Teaching is another area where maths graduates will find plenty of career opportunities. There is also the option to study further for a higher degree.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Academic Staff (Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta)
  • Research Engineer Data Scientist (C3 Resources Ltd)
  • Research Analyst (Digital-I)
  • Client Relationship Manager (Lasenby Knox)
  • Risk Analyst (TSB Bank)
  • Actuary Trainee (Lloyds Bank)
  • Auditor (KPMG)
  • Data Analyst (Golley Slater)
  • Research Officer (Office for National statistics)
  • Graduate Administrator (HSBC)
  • Junior Pricing Analyst (Admiral Group PLC)
  • Associate (Deloitte LLP)
  • Financial Advisor (Tesco)

Find out more about employability



All academic staff in Mathematics are active researchers and the department has a thriving research culture. Find out more

Studying Mathematics at Swansea University

Welsh-medium provision for students

A variety of modules can be studied with a Welsh medium component taking the form of weekly small-group tutorials. There are also extensive teaching resources available for calculus and geometry and final year students can have their project supervision through the medium of Welsh. Welsh medium UCAS interviews are available for applicants - please request this when booking a Visit Day with us. For more information, please contact Kristian Evans.