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Foundation Degree Mathematics Foundation Programme

Entry Year:
A foundation access route to the Mathematics degree at City, University of London

Key information

Start date

September 2021

Academic year dates


The foundation year itself is one year. The full BSc is four years (without placement year) and five years (with placement year).


Full-time: £9,250



UCAS code

G10F (BSc Mathematics);
GN1F (BSc Mathematics and Finance);
GN0F (BSc Mathematics with Finance and Economics)

Application period

From September 2020


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Who is it for?

The Foundation Year if for students with a passion for Mathematics and/or a particular interest in its applications to Economics and Finance. The course is designed for students that have not achieved the grades required for accessing the BSc degree directly. The Foundation route enables those students to spend a year at University consolidating their school-level Mathematics knowledge whilst acclimatising to University-style assessments.


The Foundation route will allow you to improve your school-level Mathematics skills and acclimatise to University teaching and assessment styles. Upon completion you will satisfy the requirements to join one of our Mathematics-based degrees in the following year.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • Our standard offer for Mathematics Foundation is CCC with a C in A-level Mathematics.
  • The minimum GCSE Mathematics is 5.

Other suitable qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 27 points.
  • We require Mathematics either at SL with a minimum of 5 or at HL with a minimum of 4.
  • Students with other EU qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis by matching their qualifications to the standards of the typical offer, with particular attention given to the Mathematics content of their studies.

English requirements

The minimum GCSE English Language is 4. [Note that the Foundation route is only open to UK/EU students]

Visa requirements

International Students (EEA and Non EEA) coming to study in the UK, may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • EEA nationals joining the programme in 2020 and EEA nationals joining from January 2021
  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

You can apply through UCAS for our Mathematics Foundation Programme. [Note that the Foundation route is only open to UK/EU students]

Our staff are available to answer your academic questions with weekly dedicated hours throughout term.
You have a choice of final year options from a range of themes to help you focus on your area of interest.
Situated in the heart of London, City is the ideal place to take your first steps towards an exciting future.
During your course

More about fees


Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

There are many sources of funding available for our Mathematics Foundation Programme students at City and our Student Centre provides award-winning financial advice and support to help you fund your studies.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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Student views

A day in the life of a City Mathematics student

Watch this short video for an insight into life studying Mathematics at City.


At City, you have the option to complete a work placement of 9-15 months between your second and third year, enabling you to gain professional experience. If you complete a placement, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Placement degree upon successfully completing the programme. Students that complete a placement year have been found to be more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Placements can offer the opportunity to contribute to real-world projects. Our students have previously secured placements and internships at organisations such as Axa, Barclays, Bloomberg, Disney, EY, GE Capital, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, Toyota and Warner Music.

The School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has its own dedicated placements team, the Professional Liaison Unit (PLU). The PLU provides you with support and guidance in securing a relevant placement, through longstanding relationships with a diverse range of companies. The PLU also collaborates with our Careers Service to support you if you wish to take a summer internship at the end of an academic year.

Our London location

At the heart of cosmopolitan London, City is perfectly situated in the vibrant area of Clerkenwell. Close to many innovative and well-known businesses with strong ties to our students and alumni, City is the ideal place to be a Mathematics student and take your first steps towards an exciting future.


Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

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Course content and assessment

To make sure that you can begin or continue your studies with us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have reviewed and adapted our courses to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff. We have modified the way some of our courses are delivered, with many programmes being made available online.

Contact us to find out more about how our programmes will be delivered.

Teaching and learning

The Foundation Year employs continuous assessment based around frequent class tests and group work. Students can also expect a higher number of contact hours per week (around 14 hours) in the form of teaching and tutorials, than in the subsequent years of the BSc where self-study plays a larger part.For Years 1, 2, and 3 this is the same as for BSc Mathematics.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods including examinations, coursework and practical skills.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:

Foundation year

50% written, 50% coursework.


The Foundation Year, has a strong focus on your core subject, Mathematics. You will also explore applications of Mathematics to Economics and Statistics. A Programming module will familiarize you with basic programming structures and the underlying mathematical logic. Finally, you will receive training on basic employability and transferable skills. Subject to a minimum Foundation Year average of 60%, you will progress to your chosen Mathematics degree the following year.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year consists of 120 credits. You will take the following six core modules:

You will take the following core modules:

  • Foundation Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Discrete Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Mathematical with Applications to Economics (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Programming with Python (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (20 credits)
  • Employability and Transferable Skills (20 credits)

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Further study

Students who successfully complete the Foundation course may progress onto the following programmes at City:

Find out how studying at City, University of London helps you to improve your job prospects.