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FAQs - Mathematics Undergraduate Admissions



Frequently Asked Questions

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A. Applying to Warwick

Question A1: How do I apply?
Question A2: Can I defer entry by one year after A-Levels?
Question A3: What are the tuition fees?
Question A4: How do I show on my UCAS form that I will sit a STEP paper?
Question A5: What will happen if I do not enter STEP on my UCAS form?
Question A6: What should I do if I decide to sit exams that I did not include in my UCAS form or are different from those listed in my UCAS form?
Question A7: What should I write in my personal statement, and do you consider it when deciding whether to make me an offer?

B. Qualifications and Admissions Requirements

Question B1: Will I still be made an offer if I am not predicted an A* at Maths A level?
Question B2: I have some questions about STEP, MAT and TMUA ...
Question B3: I am only studying Further Maths at AS level. Will I still be made an offer?
Question B4: Which modules do you prefer in Further Maths?
Question B5: What is your attitude to me resitting an A-level paper?
Question B6: Will I be at a disadvantage if I don't study Mechanics/Complex Numbers?

C. Degree Courses and Transfers

Question C1:  I cannot find Maths and Economics and Mathematics and Business on UCAS?
Question C2: Is transfer possible from Maths and Physics (or Discrete Mathematics or MORSE) to Mathematics?
Question C3: Can I study abroad as part of my degree?
Question C4: Can I spend a year of work experience away from Warwick during my degree?
Question C5: Does the University help students returning from an intercalated year or year abroad to find accommodation?
Question C6: What is the difference between the MMath and MSc degrees?

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

A. Applying to Warwick

How do I apply?

Admission to all undergraduate courses is handled by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). General information about applications can be obtained from the UCAS web site:

https://www.ucas.com/

We generally accept applications via UCAS between 1 September and 15 January.

Can I defer entry by one year after A-Levels?

We welcome applications from people who intend to take (or have taken) a gap year. Our experience is that students often benefit from the social maturity and broader perspectives a year out can bring.

What are the tuition fees and can I get financial support?

The University of Warwick's tuition fees can be found here.

How do I show on my UCAS form that I will sit a STEP paper?

Enter this information in the 'Not yet completed' subsection of the 'Qualifications' section of the UCAS form. It is not a problem if you don't yet know which paper you will sit, just enter STEP. We receive the results automatically via UCAS and will be able to see which paper(s) you have taken on receipt of these.

What will happen if I do not enter STEP on my UCAS form?

We will, most likely, still make you an offer, which in most cases will include a STEP/AEA requirement. We receive the STEP/AEA results automatically via UCAS in August, so we will be able to see then whether or not you have taken it.

What should I do if I decide to sit exams that I did not include in my UCAS form or are different from those listed in my UCAS form?

Please advise the Undergraduate Admissions Office (ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk) as soon as possible and, preferably, no later than mid-March. Include your UCAS ID no. and the course code applied for in the subject line.

What do I write in my personal statement, and do you consider it when deciding whether to make me an offer?

The admissions team will look at all available information when deciding whether to make you an offer, including your personal statement. The personal statement is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself and why you are interested in studying mathematics at university. Do not agonise too long over your personal statement. We will not spend more than a few minutes looking at it.


B. Qualifications and Admissions Requirements

Will I still be made an offer if I am not predicted an A* at Maths A-level?

We expect to make our Standard Offer to most year 13 students predicted A*(M)A(FM)A or better.

I have some questions about STEP, MAT, TMUA...

Please consult our page specifically relating to STEP, MAT and TMUA.

I am only studying Further Maths at AS level. Will I still be made an offer?

Students without A-level Further Maths are likely to struggle on our degree and we do not usually make them an offer. If your school does not offer A-level Further Maths, we recommend that you study for it independently with help from the Further Maths Support Programme.

Which modules do you prefer in Further Maths?

We do not have any preference for particular modules in Maths or Further Maths. We are happy for you to take whichever modules you enjoy the most.

What is your attitude to me resitting an A-level paper?

We do not object to resits within the normal two year A-level period. For example, you might have taken your A-level Maths at the end of year 12, and it didn't go well; in this case we're happy for you to retake it at the end of year 13. However, we're unlikely to make offers to students who need to take resits beyond year 13, unless there are strong mitigating circumstances. In this case you should ask your school to explain these circumstances in their reference.

Will I be at a disadvantage if I don't study Mechanics/Complex Numbers?

Material not in the A-Level core is always covered in our courses from first principles and a conscientious student can make up the deficit with extra effort.

 


C. Degree Courses and Transfers

I cannot find the Maths and Economics/Maths and Business degress on UCAS?

For 2018 entry, the degrees Maths and Economics (GL11) and Maths and Business (G1NC) are not available in UCAS. They are only available to Warwick Mathematics students on the G100 or G103 degrees who can trasfer to either of these degrees at the beginning of their second year. To be eligible to transfer to GL11, students need to do the modules Probability B (ST112) and Introduction to Quantitative Economics (EC106) in their first year. No specific first year modules are required for transfering to G1NC.

Is transfer possible from Maths and Physics (or from Discrete Mathematics or from MORSE) to Mathematics?

Subject to availability of places, we do sometimes allow students to transfer into the second year of the BSc or MMath, provided they have done our core first year modules and have done rather well in them.

Can I study abroad as part of my degree?

At the end of Year 1 we encourage mathematically successful students with appropriate language skills to consider spending Year 3 at a European partner university under the EU Erasmus exchange programme. It is a challenging but very worthwhile experience. Your degree title will figure 'with Intercalated Year' or 'MMath with Study in Europe'.

Can I spend a year of work experience away from Warwick during my degree?

After Year 2, students can take a year’s placement to experience mathematics in action. The job must be deemed to provide learning experiences related to the degree course. A satisfactory placement leads to the award of a ‘BSc with Intercalated Year’ (and often to a potential job offer after graduation). The maths department is unfortunately unable to help with finding such placements.

Does the University help students returning from an intercalated year or year abroad to find accommodation?

The University will always help students to find suitable accommodation. In particular, students returning from a year abroad are given high priority for campus accommodation if they wish it.

What is the difference between the MMath and MSc degrees?

The Master of Mathematics (MMath) is a four-year undergraduate degree. In contrast, the Master of Science (MSc) is a 1-year postgraduate degree and is usually taught at a higher level than the MMath. The MMath is intended primarily for those wishing to pursue a keen interest in Mathematics towards the frontiers of knowledge and for those expecting to use mathematics in their future careers (e.g. studying for a research degree or working in IT or the Financial Sector). In the UK, the normal route into a mathematics PhD programme is now via the MMath.