Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2020 entry)
    BBB-BCC, to include A level Maths at minimum Grade B
  • BTEC*
    DDM *See below for more details
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including Higher Level Maths grade 5.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE Maths and English Grade C/4 or above.
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Mathematics at Aston has an overall 89% satisfaction score in the 2018 NSS

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)

Close industrial links for excellent placement opportunities

Opportunity to undertake a placement year

Course summary

Our graduates have been employed in a broad range of positions in a variety of areas. From research and development teams to finance, large companies to start-ups, trainee analysts to consultants, and education and engineering. 

Entry Requirements and Fees for 2020

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with placement year

UCAS Code: G100

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 1 A-Level in Mathematics at minimum grade B
  • National Diploma and Diploma (any subject): DM plus 1 A-level  in 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 including Mathematics at minimum grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted


International Baccalaureate Diploma:

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects including a 5 in Higher Level Mathematics. 


Access to Higher Education: 

30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at Level 3 including 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

In today's rapidly evolving information age, employers in dynamic and well-paid industries have great demand for graduates with strong mathematical skills and the ability to analyse and model complex problems in a mathematical way.

Mathematics provides the advanced tools and techniques needed for facing these new tasks, and takes an increasingly significant role in future developments, as IT systems and 'big data' become ever more central to modern life. The single honours BSc (Hons) Mathematics programme combines elements of data analysis and computing with more traditional applied Mathematics modules. There is an optional placement year after the second year (sandwich course).

This program focuses on a principled approach to the foundations of Mathematics and specific analytical skills required for the challenges of the information age. Combining both principal and specialised subjects, the course prepares students for high-level careers in industry and the public sector.


Subject guide

More information on studying Mathematics at Aston

Year 1

In the first year of the course, students study fundamental Mathematics modules alongside modules providing basic writing and computing skills.

  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Vector Algebra and Geometry
  • Probability Distributions
  • Numerical Algorithms and Programming
  • Mathematical Thinking and Writing
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Analysis I

Year 2

The second year of Mathematics combines intermediate-level mathematics with transferable and data analysis skills modules. The core modules are:

  • Complex Analysis 
  • Introduction to Numerical Analysis
  • Linear Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Vector Calculus 

At this stage, you will start specialising in different areas of Mathematics and can choose two of the following optional modules:

  • Machine Learning 
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Abstract Algebra
  • Analysis II

Year 3 - Optional placement year

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

If you choose to do a placement year, you will choose one of the following:

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

Final Year: 

At this stage, you will choose 4 modules from the following options:

  • Approximation Theory
  • Mathematics Report 
  • Financial Mathematics and Portfolio Theory
  • Mechanics
  • Partial Differential Equations  
  • Probabilistic Modelling
  • Time Series

And another 4 modules from the following options:

  • Chaos and Dynamical Systems 
  • Game Theory
  • Mathematics Project
  • Network Science
  • Option Theory
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Quantum Computing


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

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

Industrial/Professional Placement

For Sandwich students only, the third stage is either the module EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001), EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002) or EAS Study/Work Placement Year, all of which carry 120 credits.

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. 

When you take the 4-year  placement (sandwich) course you 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.

For our Single Honours Mathematics students, our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: Lloyds Banking, Faurecia, NHS, Walt Disney, Jaguar, Landrover, IVM, Microsoft, West Midlands Police, BNP Paribas, Grant Thornton and Goodyear.

Find out more about the placement year at Aston.

Final year project

View more information on the final year Mathematics project here.

Professional accreditations

Accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

This course is accredited by the IMA for the purposes of meeting the educational requirements of Chartered Mathematician designation (subject to training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competencies to those specified by the QAA for taught masters degrees).

Find out more about the accreditation. 

Career prospects and personal development

Career Prospects

The course has been specifically designed to meet the huge demand for skilled Mathematics graduates in finance, data analaytics companies and more generally for all information-processing businesses. 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 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 writing skills, developing communication strategies that prove essential during the placement year or in the final year projects. 
  • In the second year, presentation 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 are valued by companies across many different sectors.

Facilities and teaching staff


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 constrant 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

Further information

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

What's it like to study at Aston?

“For me the placement was a real opportunity to learn about the different roles of available within logistics. It helped me realise what I want to do with my career. The best thing about being a student in Birmingham is that everything is in walking distance, and you can easily jump on a train if you want to explore further.”

Sian Kennedy, BSc Mathematics
Logistics Planning and Steering Specialist, BMW

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