Mathematics and Physics Foundation Year

School of Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln will be based in purpose-built facilities in the University’s new Isaac Newton Building, and offers a variety of courses across both disciplines.

Our full Mathematics degrees aim to provide a fundamental education in mathematics, including pure and applied mathematics.The subject aims to provide a thorough grounding in analytical and numerical methods, practical scientific skills and research methods.

Our full Physics degree combines fundamental and applied physics with rigorous mathematics and computational training. It also aims to develop broad problem-solving skills and includes a substantial research component. Our foundation year programmes provide an alternative entry route onto our full degree programmes.


 

Foundation Programmes

Course Title UCAS Code Validation Status Entry Requirements (A level) Entry Requirements (BTEC) Entry Requirements (GCSE)
Mathematics with Science Foundation Year BSc G101 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths
Physics with Science Foundation Year BSc F301 Validated CC (64 UCAS Tariff points) MPP (Merit, Pass, Pass) 3 GCSEs at grade C to include English and Maths

For information on any other qualifications, please contact admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

How You Study

Students on all foundation programmes study a combination of core and subject specific modules during the first year as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the full degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Students study two core modules at the start of the programme, which aim to build a foundation in mathematics and introduce key study skills required for further study. Students also study two further modules which introduce fundamental aspects of specific areas of science relevant to the chosen foundation year programme. Students will also study an integrative module which is aligned to the full degree programme which students' wish to progress onto upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year.

Following successful completion of the Science Foundation Year, students will then progress onto the first undergraduate year of their chosen degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. Students’ final awards upon graduating will reflect the full course title, for example “BSc Physics with Science Foundation Year”. Course specific information on the full degree programmes within the School of Mathematics and Physics can be found on our course pages.


How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed on the foundation year will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a lab report or essay, written exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

Assessment Breakdown

Foundation Level:                    

Coursework: 50%
Written exams: 50%

Modules

All students will study two core modules:

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists
  • Study Skills

Students will also study:

  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Mathematical Methods

Students also complete the integrative module:

  • Foundation Year Mathematics and Physics

 

Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto their chosen full degree programme. Full module details can be found below:

Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists

This core module is compulsory for all Science Foundation Year students.  The module aims to develop the relevant problem solving and mathematical skills to provide a solid mathematical base to support future studies. The module will be assessed via regular submission of coursework questions (50%) and an end of year examination (50%).

Study Skills

This core module is compulsory for all Science Foundation Year students. During the communication elements of the module, you will have the opportunity to develop your learning, group work and presentation skills, together with both written and verbal communication skills and ICT skills. The module will be assessed via submission of three pieces of coursework.

  • A reflective learning journal
  • A group presentation
  • A scientific essay

Fundamentals of Physics

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Mathematics and Physics degrees, and is an optional choice for those on Engineering or Chemistry degree paths. The aim of this module is to recap and consolidate your knowledge on key areas of A-Level Physics, whilst also developing key processing and mathematical skills. Work within laboratory sessions also aim to increase your confidence in both working practically and analysing practical results. The module will be assessed via coursework (50%) and an end of year examination (50%).

Mathematical Methods

This module is compulsory for students progressing into Mathematics, Physics or Engineering degrees. The aim of this module is to recap and consolidate your knowledge in key areas of A-Level Mathematics, whilst also developing key processing and problem solving skills. The module will be assessed via regular submission of coursework questions (50%) and an end of year examination (50%).

Foundation year Mathematics and Physics

The module will provide an opportunity for students to advance their understanding of the main mathematical and physical methods needed to prepare them for their chosen degree programme within an academically challenging yet supportive environment. The module aims to provide learning opportunities in a set of key areas of mathematics and physics in preparation for BSc level study. Additionally, it will provide opportunities to develop computer skills applied to mathematics and physics questions and enhance problem solving skills.

Staff

Throughout this programme, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students. For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Mathematics and Physics Staff Pages.


Fees

2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,900 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


In 2018/19, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.

Science Foundation Year Programme and Module Specification
Science Foundation Year Programme Structure 2018-19
Download the full Undergraduate Regulations (PDF)