Business and Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A levels
    ABB-BBB from three subjects including Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM (including A Level Maths at minimum Grade B). For more information please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Maths at grade 5.
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.
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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Application deadline
    15th January
  • Start date
    September
What's it like to study at Aston?

I chose to come to Aston predominantly for the chance to complete a year in industry. Also the close knit campus feel in the centre of a vibrant student city - a perfect combination!

Laura Spittlehouse
Assistant Manager for Credit Cards and Digital Acquisitions, Lloyds Banking Group

Aston Business School is in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation

Business Studies is ranked in the Top 20 in the UK (2017 Sunday Times League Table)

Opportunity to undertake a placement year and gain invaluable professional experience

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in business

Course summary

This course will teach you to plan, solve, and lead - preparing you for a successful career in management.

Entry Requirements & Fees

4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: GN11

Please note:

GCSE requirement: Maths and English Language grade C/4 and above.

A suitable combination of 2 A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted.
More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Tuition fees: 

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)
£16,350 Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

More on fees

Typical offers: 

A level: ABB-BBB to include Maths Grade B.

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (Any subject): DDM plus 1 A-Level in Mathematics grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DD plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B in Mathematics.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DD plus 2 A-level minimum grade B including at least Mathematics.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): D plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B including at least Mathematics
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a minimum grade 5 in Mathematics. 

Access to Higher Education: Not accepted. 

 

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

 

Course Outline

This course provide a balanced blend of basic mathematical techniques, a rigorous examination of their validity, the development of underlying structures common to a number of concepts and the application of mathematics to solve complex problems that arise in the real world. We reflect the awareness of the excitingly complex patterns and systems that can arise from simple mathematical ideas.

As a manager you will be a problem solver, planner and leader, challenged with meeting your organisation’s objectives by deploying key resources such as time, people and money efficiently and effectively. This course aims to prepare you for this challenge and for a successful career in management.

Subject Guide & Modules

Maths & Business students take 120 credits of modules per year, 60 from business modules and 60 from maths modules. A 10 credit module comprises approximately 100 learning hours and has up to three contact hours per week.

Business

The first two years deepen your understanding of how businesses operate and how to  recognise and analyse the economic, technical, financial and social parameters within which modern managers make decisions.

During your final year you will select your modules and specialise in an area of particular interest.

Maths

In the first year, your studies incorporate an expansion of A Level mathematical techniques. The final year allows you to choose specialist options to change the emphasis of your degree programme.

Over the course of your degree you will consider:

  • differential equations, which are vital to the modelling of many real problems

  • the problem of obtaining approximate solutions to those questions which cannot be resolved by analytical mathematical methods

  • the underlying concepts in analysis and algebra

  • the benefit of research into chaos

  • the development of mathematical techniques as we know them today.

More information on studying mathematics at Aston

Year 1

Mathematics 

  • Calculus and Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Vector Geometry 
  • Mathematical Thinking 
  • Transition Mathematics 
  • Vector Algebra

Business 

  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Economic Environment of Business 

Year 2

Mathematics 

  • Introduction to Matlab 
  • Mathematical Algorithms 
  • Probability
  • Multivariate Calculus 
  • Statistics

Business 

  • Business Tax
  • Business, Government and Society
  • Strategic Finance

Choose 1 of the following options:

  • Virtual Business Simulation
  • Operations Management

Choose 1 of the following options:

  • Foundations of Calculus 
  • Linear Mathematics 
  • Mathematical Methods

 Year 3 placement year

  • ABS Placement Module
  • EAS Study Placement Year
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year

Final year

During your final year you have the opportunity to specialise in the areas of maths and business of particular interest and relevance to your career.

Core:

  • Theories and Practice of Leadership
  • Risk Management

Optional Modules in Mathematics

  • Statistical Machine Learning 
  • Probability Distributions 
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Approximation Theory and Methods 
  • Financial Mathematics 
  • Game Theory 
  • Mathematics Report
  • Option Theory 
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Portfolio Analysis 
  • Modern Time Series 

Optional Modules in Business 

  • International Marketing 
  • Operations Strategy
  • Learning and Development
  • Managing Information Technology in a Global Context
Programme Regulations

Attendance requirements:

Students are normally required to attend the University for nine terms over a period of four consecutive academic years. An integrated programme of professional training of at least 40 weeks duration, not including any periods of vacation, shall be undertaken at times approved by the Associate Dean Undergraduate Programmes. You are normally expected to attend all sessions of all modules. However, for some modules there may be compulsory elements with marks contingent on your attendance.

Coursework submission:

Coursework should be submitted to the the Coursework office of the School to whom the module belongs.

Placement Year

The placement year is an opportunity for you to set your studies in context and gain valuable professional experience. It is highly attractive to potential employers and around 30% of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

Placements are generally paid, with the average salary being around £15,000. Your placement year may be in the UK or abroad. 

You'll receive plenty of help and advice in finding your placement and specialist support and supervision from the University during your placement. We advertise between 2,000 and 3,000 placements a year on our comprehensive database. You will be attend a programme of preparation, support and advice to increase the likelihood of getting a placement.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Graduate Employability

Graduate destinations

Students taking our business or maths Joint Honours courses have had considerable success in finding relevant, lucrative employment in areas such as business management, accountancy, actuary, research and development, teaching and IT.

Our recent graduates are now working for organisations such as IBM, Deloite, Bank of New York, BAE Systems, Ministry of Defence, British Airways, Grant Thornton, British Energy, KPMG, Transco, Xerox, NHS, Mori, Baker Tilly, Severn Trent Water and The Environment Agency.

Personal Development

This course is designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Facilities and equipment

In the Business School, teaching rooms and facilities have also been recently refurbished. All lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids and extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with audio-visual projection facilities and three other labs containing PCs and Macs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching. In addition, our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules. 

Contact us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office+44 (0)121 204 3400

ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

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