School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics with Physics with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code G106
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

What happens on the course?

BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Physics with Foundation Year aims to develop your theoretical understanding of
the subjects and apply your skills to real world situations. This course will teach you advanced problemsolving
skills which you will be able to employ in many ways across a wide choice of potential careers. This
course focuses on developing your mathematical skills to study and explore key topics within physics
including classical mechanics and electromagnetism – at both the classical and quantum level.

Mathematics and physics are inextricably linked. The comprehensive grounding in mathematics offered by
this programme underpins a unique exploration of physics which is the most multifaceted discipline of
Science. While a clear understanding of the subject will be a given, employer’s will also be looking for the
other qualities imparted through this programme, in particular numerical, analytical and problem solving

You will have the option to undertake a paid placement year, where you will gain invaluable experience in the
workplace before returning to complete your final year. Many of the mathematics related placements are very
prestigious, and recent placements have included: world renowned engineering companies, Sheffield
University research centres and Air Traffic Control amongst many others.

To prepare you for the range of applications of the material you will study, the Foundation Year also includes
modules on Communication Skills, Problem Solving and Electrical Technology. When combined with the
mathematics and physics modules you study you will be perfectly positioned for the broad range of
mathematics and physics modules you will study in subsequent years.

This course is appropriate for those who want to advance their knowledge of mathematics and physics,
perhaps with a view to undertaking postgraduate study. A highly analytical degree is the starting point for
many careers, and is highly sought after in many different employment sectors.

We pride ourselves on the academic support and guidance given by our friendly and approachable staff.
Students have shown their appreciation for this by the exceptionally high ratings they have given us in the
National Student Survey.

Following the changing demand in recent mathematical research and applications, this course has been
designed to provide a modern outlook on the subjects and the important role they play in the ever-changing
world of commerce, industry and education. Students on the course have the option to do a year-long
placement in industry between their second and final years. Students are helped to find suitable placements
by the experienced staff in our Placements Unit, who will also liaise with students while on placement and
provide support throughout the placement year.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Throughout your course you will build up your professional and employability skills and learn to apply the
knowledge you have acquired in an enterprising way. You will constantly nurture your own intellectual
curiosity. The tools, methodologies and techniques that you will learn have been carefully selected to prepare
you with the skills that employers demand and the opportunities for work based learning and placements will
allow you to gain the vital experience that they often expect.

You will learn how to undertake mathematical and statistical analysis using industry standard software such
as Maple, Matlab, R and Python. In addition to this, the University of Wolverhampton Enterprise and
Employability Awards are embedded as compulsory components of your studies. These awards are delivered
in collaboration with the University Careers Enterprise Unit. The content of these awards will be reflected
upon again in your final year in preparation for your next steps after the completion of your undergraduate
studies, whether that be graduate employment or further study.

Various support programmes exist at multiple levels throughout the Institution, including the academic skills
tutorials provided centrally by the Directorate of Academic Services, and the skills required for graduate
employment are embedded within the curriculum and delivered by those mathematics staff who have relevant
professional and industrial expertise.

Mathematics and physics graduates may aspire to a wide variety of careers, such as accountancy, actuarial
work, operational research, engineering, computing, cryptography and statistics. The shortage of
mathematics and physics graduates within the UK economy is widely reported, hence these graduates are
highly employable and your graduate employment prospects upon successful completion of this course are
very high.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

This broad-based scientific degree introduces you to mathematical and physical science concepts and
thinking, and helps you to develop a mathematical and scientific approach. You should achieve:


  • Lifelong interest in science through modules that are accessible to people of all educational backgrounds understanding of the roles of different scientific subjects
  • enthusiasm for the study of science through understanding how scientific knowledge develops, and an appreciation of the limits of scientific knowledge
  • ability to apply the main tools of applied mathematics (particularly Newtonian mechanics, differential equations, vector calculus, numerical methods and linear algebra), with the opportunity also to meet some of: advanced calculus, fluid mechanics, advanced numerical analysis
  • ability to model real-world situations and to use mathematics to help develop solutions to practical problems
  • experience of study of mathematics in some breadth and depth
  • understanding of some of the more advanced ideas within mathematics
  • development of your capability for working with abstract concepts
  • ability to communicate mathematical ideas and conclusions effectively
  • ability to work with others on mathematical modelling problems and their validation
  • skills necessary to use mathematics in employment, or to progress to further study of mathematics
  • ability to use a modern mathematical computer software package in pursuance of the above aims development as an independent learner.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C+/4 or equivalent


  • A Level minimum of EE
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade PP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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