Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
A. Applying to Warwick
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:
We generally accept applications via UCAS between 1 September and 15 January.
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.
The University of Warwick's tuition fees can be found here.
Yo can enter STEP into 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. However, we receive all STEP marks automatically for all applicants who have an offer from Warwick.
When registering to take MAT or TMUA you will be asked make a list of those universities to which you want the marks to be sent. Please list Warwick as one of these.
We will, most likely, still make you an offer. We receive the STEP results automatically for offer holding applicants. Provided you have listed Warwick as a target university when registering for MAT or TMUA we will receive your marks.
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.
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
Due to the Coronavirus, we understand that predicted grades may be less reliable for 2021 applicants. We expect to make our Standard Offer to most year 13 students predicted A*(M)+A(FM)+A or better.
Please consult our page specifically relating to STEP, MAT and TMUA.
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 Advanced Maths Support Programme.
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.
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. Due to the coronavirus and lockdown, we are expecting a good number of such circumstances for 2021 applicants. In this case you should ask your school to explain these circumstances in their reference.
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
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.