Business and Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A levels (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC including Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC*
    DDM plus an A Level Maths at minimum Grade B. *Please see below for more details
  • International Baccalaureate
    31 points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including grade 5 in Higher Level Maths
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.
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Key Dates

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)

The placement year gives you 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 for 2020

4 years full-time with placement year


UCAS Code: GN11

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.

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.


Tuition fees: 

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)     £16,700* for Outside EU students (2020/21) Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

 *Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

 More on fees


Typical offer level 


A levels: 

BBB, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B
BBC, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (with an EPQ or Core Maths at grade B)
BCC, to include A level Maths at minimum grade B (contextual offers and for DTUS applicants)

GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4.



  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM plus Mathematics A level at minimum grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM plus A-level Mathematics at minimum Grade B.
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (any subject): DM plus 2 A-levels  including Mathematics at minimum grade B.
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (any subject): M 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 Higher Level Mathematics. 


Access to Higher Education: 

Any subject accepted, to include 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3, and at least 15 credits at Level 3 in Mathematics


Non-standard qualifications



Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSE 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 programme director. 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

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. However, as businesses and people become more ever-more connected and take decisions with the help of algorithms designed by mathematicians, graduates who speak the international language of mathematics and who have acquired specific knowledge about the business world are in a privileged position to shape the world of tomorrow.

The joint honours BSc (Hons) Business and Mathematics programme, delivered jointly by the Mathematics group of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Aston Business School, combines economics, finance and business oriented modules with applied Mathematics modules. The course incorporates a placement year after the second year (sandwich course). Combining both principal and specialised subjects, this course aims to prepare you for this challenge and for a successful career in management.

Subject Guide & Modules

More information on studying Mathematics at Aston

Year 1

In the first year of the course, you will study fundamental Mathematics and Business modules in equal share.

  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Vector Algebra and Geometry
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Numerical Algorithms and Programming
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Economic Environment of Business

Year 2

The second year of Business and Mathematics combines intermediate-level mathematics with intermediate-level business skills modules in equal share. The core modules are:

  • Vector Calculus
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Business Tax
  • Econometrics 1
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Probability Distributions
  • Business, Government and Society

At this stage, you will start specialising in different areas of Business and can choose one among the following optional modules

  • Econometrics 2
  • Operations Management

Year 3 - Placement year

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

For your placement year, you will select one of the following:

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

Final Year:

At this stage, you will have two core modules:

  • Theories and Practice of Leadership
  • Risk Management

You will also choose 6 modules from the following options (and possibly year 2 options that had not been selected previously) to yield an equal share among mathematics and business modules:

  • Linear Mathematics
  • Professional Practice
  • Machine Learning
  • Complex Analysis
  • Approximation Theory
  • Mathematics Report
  • Mathematics Project
  • Chaos and Dynamical Systems
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Financial Mathematics and Portfolio Theory
  • Option Theory
  • Time Series
  • Network Science
  • Game Theory
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Quantum Computing

Choose 2 modules from the following options:

  • International Marketing
  • Managing Information Technology in a Global Context
  • Operations Strategy
  • Learning and Development
Learning, teaching and assessment

You will benefit from a range of teaching methods and learning styles including:

  • Lectures, seminars and small group discussions
  • Lab exercises and practical classes
  • Individual and group projects

Assessment depends on the module and consists of written exams, projects, reports/essays and coursework (or a combination of these).

Programme Regulations

Attendance requirements:

 Sandwich students are normally required to attend the University for nine terms over a period of four consecutive academic years.

Industrial/Professional Placement

The third stage is either the module EAS Study Placement Year, EAS Industrial Placement Year or EAS Study/Work Placement Year, all of which carry 120 credits.

Coursework submission:


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

Placement Year

Through its established reputation at postgraduate level in the field, the Mathematics team at Aston has built up strong links with major employers ranging from major communication companies to the pharmaceutical industry. Also, Aston Business School has excellent links to finance, commerce and industry.

As part of the 4-year programme you will spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

You'll receive plenty of help in finding your placement through our programme of preparation, support and advice. Specialist support and supervision from the University will be offered to you during your placement as well. Around 30% of our students are offered graduate jobs by their placement employer.

For our Joint Honours Mathematics students, our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Lloyds Banking, UK Dept of Health and Social Care, BT, Gazprom, TJX Europe, Warner Bros, Walt Disney, NPower, Argos Financial, Deutsche Bank, 3M, National Grid, Harrods, Merck Chemicals, Ofgem, PWC, CrossCountry Trains, Black&Decker, and Renault.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Career prospects and personal development

Career Prospects


The course has been specifically designed to meet the huge demand for graduates with both solid training in Mathematics and Business, relevant for all sectors of a company in the information age. An external panel from industry has advised on the content and structure of the course. Graduates may be employed in a broad range of positions; for instance in research and development teams as part of a large company or in start-ups, as trainee analysts and consultants. Graduates may also continue their training in MSc and PhD courses, or pursue teaching and education careers. Typical areas of employment included finance, IT, education and consultancy.

Personal Development


The Business and Mathematics course is designed to support development outside of the academic discipline to foster and encourage skills required within the workplace.

  • In the first year, students practice mathematics and business writing skills, developing communication strategies that prove essential during the placement year or in the final year projects.
  • In the second year, presentations and writing skills are developed to include the writing and presentation of technical documents, as well as engaging students in the issues faced by the scientific community when developing leading-edge research.
  • In the final year, students are able to undertake an individual research project which is mentored by an academic supervisor and contributes towards a significant portion of the final degree classification. This allows students to demonstrate the life-skills they have learnt on the modules, and practised whilst on industrial placement. These include time management, planning, research and report writing.

Employers appreciate Mathematics highly as an academic discipline. By dealing with and communicating complex concepts and ideas, it trains the mind in a way that will never become outdated. It allows students to hone analytical skills that – together with solid basic and specific knowledge about the business world – are valued by companies across many different sectors.

Facilities and equipment

Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with audio-visual projection facilities and three other labs. 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.

The teaching facilities of Aston University undergo a constant process of updating and refurbishment. 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.


Teaching staff

Business modules will be taught by staff from different departments of the Aston Business School.


Contact us

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

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

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