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International Foundation Year in Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and Statistics

The International Foundation Year in Mathematics and Statistics leads to a choice of bachelors and master degrees in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. To prepare for your degree, you will study core English language modules and subject modules for Mathematics and Statistics. Degree options include Accounting, Finance and Computer Science.

Is this programme for me?

Interested by all things mathematics? Looking to follow your passions at a UK university? Our pathway programme will introduce you to the UK education system as well as the subjects you love.

You will study Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics. Areas of study include number theory and graph theory (Pure Mathematics); vectors and variable acceleration (Applied Mathematics); and correlation and hypothesis testing (Statistics).

What will I study?

You will study core modules within the International Foundation Year programme alongside subject specific modules designed to help you on your degree.

Core modules focus on your English language and university-level study skills. At the end of the programme you will feel confident in taking notes, writing essays, giving presentations, and contributing to discussions. Study areas include:

Academic English Skills*

  • develop your English communication skills
  • presenting and seminar preparation
  • time management and organisational skills
  • meeting deadlines and responding to feedback

Project and research skills

  • a self-study project related to your undergraduate degree
  • completed over two terms.

*Subject to approval

Subject modules that relate to Mathematics and Statistics give you the academic knowledge and confidence you need to progress to your chosen degree.

Study areas include:

Pure Mathematics 1, 2 & 3

  • Set theory
  • Geometry
  • Calculus and applications
  • Mathematical induction
  • Number theory
  • Graph theory
  • Group theory

Applied Mathematics 1 & 2

  • Mechanics of point masses
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Momentum and energy conservation
  • Mathematics of vectors
  • Variable acceleration
  • Objects modelled as rigid bodies


  • Extracting information from data
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Correlation
  • Relationships between data sets
  • Hypothesis testing

Study plans

Why study the International Foundation Year in Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster?

  • 6th for graduate prospects (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 9th in the UK for Mathematics (Complete University Guide 2021)

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed the International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.*

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

The department has a reputation for top-quality teaching and world-class research. It is an exciting, innovative and friendly place to study.

Degree options

You can choose between more than 20 different degree options within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Your degree options include a range from Mathematics and Statistics, to Accounting, Finance and Computer Science.

To see all degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

Ladi from Nigeria in a campus lab.

"The teachers in the International Study Centre explain topics more clearly and they are more focussed on each student. They pay attention to our needs, and sometimes we have office hours where we can go and speak with them if we have problems on the courses. They will explain it to you again and give you good advice."

Ladi from Nigeria studied International Foundation Year in Engineering and Computing

* Please note the degree aim / selected degree path is not fixed or guaranteed. During your first term at the International Study Centre you will be asked to select three degree choices from progression list. You will receive a conditional offer, this offer will be made unconditional on successful completion of the course and on achieving the required progression grades.

Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

October and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.


Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

11th in Accounting and Finance

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022