Statistics BSc (Hons)
4 years with placement year, 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.
This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- 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.
- Placement year
Apply your skills and knowledge to a year working in industry. You’ll be employed full-time in a role to match your future career ambitions. It will broaden your experience and transferable skills, giving you a competitive edge when applying for graduate jobs.
We have links with some of the industry’s leading companies. Recent employers include BAE Systems, Ernst & Young, Office of National Statistics, JP Morgan and Deloitte.
Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Find out more about placements.
Learning and assessment
- Laboratory sessions
- Oral assessment
- Written examination
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
“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)
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.
Typical offer A levelA*AA
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 levelA*AA
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
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) 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.
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.
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 if they are 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.
Fees and funding
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
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.
- Course titleStatistics
- Final awardBSc (Hons)
- Mode of studyFull-time
- Course codeG301
- Institution codeB16
- UK/EU application deadline15 January 2018
- Overseas deadline15 January 2018
- Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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