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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

  • train your language and related academic skills
  • develop the accuracy and range of your written and spoken language
  • your studies will be supported by an online learning platform to develop and extend your language and academic skills outside the classroom
  • Academic English programme is validated by UK ENIC, the UK government agency responsible for providing information and expert opinion on qualifications and skills worldwide.

Project and research skills

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

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

Statistics

  • 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?

  • 11th in the UK for Mathematics (Complete University Guide 2023)

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.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.

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, November and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.

Fees

Visit our fees page to learn more.

Top rankings

16th in Accounting and Finance

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.