Want to study mathematics and/or statistics at Newcastle, but don't meet the entry requirements?
At a Glance
UCAS Institution Name and Code
This foundation year will help you develop the knowledge you need to progress to any of our mathematics and statistics BSc degrees.
This is a full-time programme of study covering core mathematics and statistics topics, including:
- differential calculus
- complex numbers
- problem solving skills
Successful completion of the Foundation Year leads to guaranteed progression to Stage 1 of one of our BSc degrees.
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
Mathematics and statistics at Newcastle achieved an impressive 97% overall student satisfaction ranking us 5th in the UK in the National Student Survey 2016.
We also rank 11th overall in the UK for research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Facilities and supportFacilities and support
You will join the School of Mathematics and Statistics, based in the Herschel Building, just a two-minute walk from the city centre.
We have a state-of-the-art learning environment and you'll have access to extensive IT facilities for teaching and self-study, including:
- computer-based exercises with instant review of model solutions
- problem-solving video tutorials
- recording system for video capture of lectures, which you can download and watch again to help with your revision
We also have a dedicated mathematics and statistics library and reading room.
Visit the School's website to take a virtual tour of the Herschel Building.
To help you get the most out of university life, you'll have access to a range of support, including:
You'll also benefit from our:
- induction programme, including social events, to help you settle in quickly
- activities and events run by our student-run society, MathSoc
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Modules for 2016 entry
The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).
Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.
- SFY0002 Basic Statistics
- SFY0003 Foundation Mathematics 1
- SFY0004 Foundation Mathematics 2
- SFY0007 Foundation Year Project
If you don't have A Level Maths (or equivalent) you also take:
You choose modules from the following list to bring your total credits to 120:
- ACC1000 Introduction to Non Specialist Accounting and Finance
- CSC6001 Computer Applications
- SFY0005 Foundation of Chemistry
- SFY0011 Applied Mechanics 0
- SFY0012 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 0
- SFY0013 Materials Science 0
- SFY0015 Foundation Physics A*
- SFY0014 Foundation Physics A2*
*You may take either SFY0014 or SFY0015 but not both
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
Please note, foundation year entry is not appropriate for applicants who are currently taking A level Mathematics.
If you need any further help, please get in touch via the Student Services Enquiry form.
Maths Requirements - Further InformationMaths Requirements - Further Information
If you don’t think you will have the exact Mathematics qualifications referred to in our entry requirements by the time you need them, you may not be sure what to do. We hope that the following will help.
- If you already have, or are taking, the A level (or equivalent) Maths qualifications specified in our entry requirements, you should apply for stage 1 (First Year) entry of the Mathematics degree course in which you are interested
- If you have a Maths qualification but will not have it at A level (or equivalent) when you start your degree, you should apply for the degree of Mathematical Sciences with Foundation Year (G101). We may give you the opportunity to take the Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course* and the option to start in First Year if we think that this will be the best route for you
- If you have A level Maths (or equivalent) already but not at the required grade, you should contact us for advice. We may decide that you could be considered for Foundation Year entry, or it may be that our Maths courses are not the best options for you.
If you're still not sure, don't worry.
Whatever you apply for, our Admissions Tutors will help you decide which is the best route for you. They may therefore make you an offer for a different course (e.g. Foundation Year entry instead of First Year entry) from the one you apply for.
(*The Newcastle University Pre-Entry Maths Course aims to provide the requisite mathematical skills and concepts needed on our engineering, Maths and Physics degree courses and to prepare students for the modes of learning they will encounter. The materials for the course are delivered electronically and include opportunities to practise your skills. You study the materials in your own time and, when you are ready, you book your exam with the School to which you have applied.)
Extended Project QualificationExtended Project Qualification
We welcome applications from students offering an Extended Project and value the skills of research and independent learning that it is designed to develop. If you offer an Extended Project, it will be taken into account as part of your application profile, but we will not usually include it in offer conditions for this degree programme.
English Language RequirementsEnglish Language Requirements
Other International QualificationsOther International Qualifications
ABB at A level is typically the minimum required for entry to an undergraduate course. You can check the equivalent grades for qualifications offered in your country.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).
Mathematicians and statisticians have always been highly valued by employers for their analytical and problem-solving skills, and their ability to think logically and quantitatively.
As well as developing these skills, our degrees also equip you with the key skills which are essential for the employment market such as communication, teamwork, planning, and organisation.
There are some careers for which a degree in mathematics is usually required, for example, teaching mathematics, statistical work, actuarial work, some research and development, and some areas of computing.
Mathematics graduates are also strong candidates in sectors such as:
- management consultancy
- information technology
Industry too is always looking out for specialists with an interest in the applications of mathematics to engineering.
A degree in mathematics and statistics can also lead on to further study including PhD, MSc and PGCE courses. In short, mathematics graduates can be found in a very wide cross-section of careers, and in both the private and public sectors.
Approximately 50% of graduate jobs advertised in the UK do not specify any particular degree subject. Many employers are more interested in the skills and personal qualities you have acquired at university than in the degree course you have studied.
The University has very good links with employers. Many companies visit the University to give presentations, attend job fairs and carry out interviews, and some of them are specifically targeting mathematicians. Examples of some of the well-known companies that our recent graduates have found employment with include:
- Ernst and Young
- the Army
- Newcastle City Council
- Network Rail
- National Audit Office
- Irwin Mitchell LLP
Find out more about the career options for Mathematics and Statistics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
£9,250 in 2017-18 (subject to government fee regulations and parliamentary approval. If the new regulations are not introduced, the fee will be £9,000).
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
- The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK/EU students is set by the UK government.
- As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
- Newcastle University has guaranteed that EU students entering our University in 2017 will pay the UK (Home) rate of fee for the full duration of their programme of study.
- Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
- See more information on all aspects of student finance relating to Newcastle University.
Tuition Fees (International students)Tuition Fees (International students)
£13,980 per year
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
If you spend a year on placement or studying abroad as part of your degree you may pay a reduced fee for that year.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
See more information relating to all aspects of student finance at Newcastle University.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU students)
Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)Scholarships and Financial Support (International students)
Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.
Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
UCAS codes for Newcastle University
- institution name - NEWC
- institution code - N21
Ask your teacher or adviser from your school or college for the UCAS buzzword. You need the buzzword when you register on the Apply system. This makes it clear which school or college you are applying from.
All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.
Making your application
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