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Mathematics and Computing with Integrated Foundation Year


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About the course

Our foundation year course is designed to help you progress to a challenging and exciting career in computing or mathematics. Our carefully designed curriculum is particularly suitable for those who want to change direction, perhaps having taken A-levels in arts or humanities subjects, and for mature applicants returning to study. You will quickly find that willingness to learn and determination is more important than prior knowledge.

Once you have successfully completed your foundation year with the grades needed for your chosen computing or mathematics degree course, you progress directly into Level 1 of that degree –there’s no need to re-apply.

We look forward to helping you develop your learning and setting you firmly on the way to your chosen career.


Mathematics and Computing with Integrated Foundation Year provides an introduction to a variety of exciting and fastmoving disciplines in computing and mathematics.

The foundation year will help you clarify where your interests lie. You might opt for computer science and work with ever more sophisticated computer technology and information systems. Or you may find yourself drawn to mathematics where you will learn to model and solve problems from the worlds of business, finance and science.

All the degree courses below are linked to Mathematics and Computing with Integrated Foundation Year:

• Business Computing BSc

(with the option to specialise in Business, eBusiness, Human Computer Interaction or Social Media)

• Computer Science BSc

(with the option to specialise in Artificial Intelligence, Digital Media and Games, Network Computing or Software Engineering)

• Financial Mathematics BSc

• Mathematics BSc

• Mathematics with Computer Science BSc

• Mathematics and Statistics with Management BSc



Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)

Course content

The Foundation year covers material that would usually have been covered in A-level mathematics and ICT, so that students are well equipped to begin a BSc programme in any of our mathematics or computing courses

All Students will cover these compulsory modules:

  • Study Skills (Autumn)

  • Discrete & Decision Mathematics (Spring)

  • Introduction to Computing (Autumn)

Optional modules for both degree programmes (Autumn term):

  • Algebra A
  • Algebra B

Students who want to continue with the Computing courses study

  • Programming

  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • Introduction to Computing

Students who want to continue with the Mathematics option study

  • Calculus
  • Statistics

Students who want to continue with the Mathematics option choose one of the following:

  • Introduction to Computing
  • Introduction to Economics

Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.


Graduates with degrees for which this Foundation Year acts as a first step, are always in high demand. For details see the course pages for those degrees.

Careers and your future

Talented people who have good technical or scientific qualifications, as well as imagination, enthusiasm and communication and organisational skills, are always in great demand. A wide variety of interesting and well-paid career opportunities are available.

Work placements

All of the programmes within Brunel’s College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences to which you can progress on completion of the foundation year are available in three-year full-time or four-year sandwich modes. The sandwich modes include industrial placements, involving up to 12 months of relevant paid employment.

At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.

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Entry criteria 2019/20

  • GCE A-level CDD, preferably including Maths and Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DMM in a related subject.
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject with an A-Level at grade C preferably in Maths or Physics.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject with A-Levels grade CD preferably including Maths and Physics.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 25 points
  • Access Complete and pass Access course with 45 credits at level 3.


Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are also required, to include Maths and English Language.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU entry requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.

We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.

Teaching and learning

Up-to-date teaching
Mathematics is an active and dynamic research centre. Our academics' work is frequently supported by external grants and contracts with leading industry and government establishments.

As a result lecturers are often working at the frontiers of their subject and in active contact with modern users of Mathematics. This in turn helps to ensure that our undergraduate degrees are truly up-to-date.

A broad spectrum of thinking
We can offer a wide range of expertise in a variety of subjects. Many of our lecturers are widely published and highly recognised in their fields.

How will I be taught?

We use a range of approaches to help you engage effectively with the subject both through your tutors and working with fellow students:

  • Lectures
    These offer a broad overview of key concepts and ideas – a useful framework from which you can pursue more in-depth study.
  • Tutorials
    Smaller tutorial groups enable you to work on mathematics-related problems with guidance from a staff member.
  • Computer workshops
    These replace some tutorials in certain modules including numerical analysis, statistics and operations research.

Assessment and feedback

The ratio of exams to coursework is approximately 60:40. Coursework consists of mainly of short tests and project work.

Special features

Mathematics is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel and has links with many other subject areas. We offer:

  • Academic staff with an international reputation
    Learn from the best. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), nearly 60% of our research in the department was rated ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’. Within London the Department of Mathematics was ranked in the top three.
  • Excellent career prospects
    Past graduates have gone on to work for Accenture, Rank Xerox, IBM, Kodak, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bank of New York, Nortel, British Aerospace, Merrill Lynch, Abbey, Lloyds, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Touche, Coca Cola, Ernst and Young, Virgin Trains, Accenture, HSBC, BT, Deutsche Bank and the BBC.
  • Strong links with business
    Our staff are involved in research programmes that are informed by modern problems in science, technology and business – often working in collaboration with companies. This means:
    • Your degree is designed to meet the needs of industry and the marketplace
    • The latest commercial world developments are included in your course
    • You've a greater choice of high quality, professional placements.
  • Wide choice of high quality, professional placements
    All of the programmes within Brunel’s College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences to which you can progress on completion of the foundation year are available in three-year full-time or four-year sandwich modes. The sandwich modes include industrial placements, involving up to 12 months of relevant paid employment.
  • A vibrant, friendly, safe campus in a great location near London
    All the advantages ofaffordable living costs, an international community, world-class sports and social facilities and a thriving arts and social scene

Facts and figures

  • Mathematics is one of the largest disciplines at Brunel and has links with many other subject areas. All our staff are experts within their field and their work is widely published.
  • Our extensive computer facilities include many personal computers, and this is supported and supplemented by the University’s Computer Centre, offering full Internet access to facilitate students’ work.
  • Our courses are taught by more than 50 academic staff, many with a background in the computer industry. Practically all are involved in our applied computing research.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2019/20 entry

UK/EU students: £9,250 full-time

International students: £16,850 full-time

Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.