Statistics BSc (Hons)

4 years including study year abroad, starting in September 2018

Develop the skills and knowledge needed to become a practising statistician. You’ll also gain a sound foundation in mathematics and computing.

Statistics is the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and is central to areas such as scientific progress, government and sound medical research. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to work as a statistician.

The first two years will provide an introduction to mathematics at university level before giving you the option to specialise later on in the course. In Year 2 you will also have the option to study computing and economics units run by other departments. Final year topics include medical statistics, experimental design and multivariate data analysis as well as more theoretical topics such as statistical inference.

As with all of our mathematics courses you will have the option to switch after the first year, so you can keep your options open when you apply.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year abroad
  • Year 4


As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Year abroad

Broaden your horizons with a year studying at a university abroad. You’ll experience another culture whilst studying a course that complements your studies at Bath.

We have links with universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and Europe. This includes Binghamton University, National University Singapore, University of Canterbury, Stellenbosch University and University of Helsinki.

Learning and assessment


  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Oral assessment
  • Written examination
  • Other

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 38% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 62% of the time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
Hannah Baker
“The course has provided me with a solid technical base applicable to a wide variety of careers. I have been able to specialise in statistics in my final year as it is tailorable to my own interests.”
Hannah Baker

BSc Mathematics and Statistics with placement year (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying mathematics. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, topics within mathematics that particularly interest you or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.

Strong performance in Mathematics is essential, both in your entry qualifications and any previous study. If you are studying A levels we strongly prefer that you take a full A level in Further Mathematics, which forms part of our typical offer. Offers are available for applicants who have only studied Further Mathematics at AS level or have not studied it at all.

We also recommend you consider taking a STEP exam , as this can provide excellent preparation for studying university level Mathematics. If you are taking both Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level STEP any offer will include an alternative condition that includes a STEP grade (or the GCE Advanced Extension Award). For applicants taking some qualifications (such as the International Baccalaureate), STEP may be entirely optional. For others STEP may be required.

We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either A in a third A level or B in a third A level plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application

A level General Studies will not be considered.

Alternative offer A level


For applicants with AS Further Maths only:
A*AA including A* in Mathematics plus A in AS Level Further Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

For applicants with A Level Mathematics only:
A*A*A including A* in Mathematics (with A in each module) and A in a second scientific or quantitative subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

36 points overall and 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics or 7, 6, 5 in 3 Higher Level subjects including 7 in Mathematics.

Access to HE Diploma

Unfortunately Access to HE Diplomas are not a suitable route for this course. You are welcome to apply for our Economics course.


Unfortunately BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) are not a suitable route for this course.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D2, D3 in Mathematics and Further Mathematics plus either D3 in a third subject or M1 in a third subject plus grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer: AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.

  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A*A in two A level subjects plus grade D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject including Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • A*A in A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

We may be able to consider combinations of qualifications that include only an AS level in Further Mathematics or without Further Mathematics. You are likely to be required to obtain a grade 2 in any STEP or Merit in the GCE AEA in Mathematics. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H1, H1, H2, H2, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

555 in 3 elective subjects plus 5* in Core Mathematics and 5* the Algebra and Calculus extended paper plus grade 2 in any STEP.

France qualifications

French Baccalaureate

16 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP .

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

15 overall with 17 in Mathematics plus grade 2 in any STEP .

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

85% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics plus either 9.0 in Advanced Mathematics or grade 2 in any STEP

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 85% across 4 subjects with 90% in Mathematics.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 5, 5 in 3 APs including Calculus BC plus grade 2 in any STEP.

We cannot consider Calculus AB as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 30 or SATR scores of 740 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options


Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.


You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection

Apply for this course through UCAS.