Undergraduate Questions Answered
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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.
Can I spend a year doing work experience away from Warwick during my degree?
After year-two, 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.
Can I study abroad as part of my degree?
At the end of year-one, we encourage mathematically successful students with appropriate language skills to consider spending year-three at a partner university. Study Abroad describes the range of opportunities.
It is a challenging but very worthwhile experience. Your degree title will include 'with Intercalated Year' or 'MMath with Study Abroad'.
Does everyone who applies get an offer?
Roughly, we make offers to around 1800 people out of the roughly 2000 that apply each year.
Does everyone who meets the offer get a place or is there a limit? What happens if I miss my offer?
Yes. If you make the offer you are guaranteed a place on Warwick Maths.
Most years we have some places (we aim for 80 out of 300) for applicants who narrowly miss their offer.
Does it matter if I take Maths A Level in Year 12 and Further Maths in Year 13 rather than all in the same year?
No. We are quite used to applicants taking A-level maths in year 12 (and sometimes taking it again in year 13 if they miss an A* grade).
There is a slight advantage to finishing the A-level syllabus within one year if you are planning to take MAT or TMUA as these tests are in November.
Does Warwick help students who are returning from an intercalated year, or year abroad, find accommodation?
We will always help students to find suitable accommodation. In particular, students returning from a year abroad are given high priority for campus accommodation.
Do you accept mature students?
Applications from UK students returning to study are welcome and the entry requirements for such applicants are not totally rigid. We are looking for evidence of your ability to study at the required level and so a qualification equivalent to grade A* at A level Maths is required. If you have not taken Maths and Further Maths A-Levels, we would look for good performance on, for example, equivalent Open University courses, in addition to Grade 1 in STEP.
How do I make sure Warwick receives my STEP or MAT mark?
You 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 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 you will be asked to make a list of those universities to which you want the marks to be sent. Please list Warwick as one of these.
I cannot find the Maths and Economics/Maths and Business degrees on UCAS?
The following 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 transfer 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 transferring to G1NC.
I have questions about STEP or MAT. Which do you prefer?
We like all three admission tests and accept results on any of them.
Please visit our page specifically relating to STEP, MAT.
Is it possible to transfer from Maths and Physics (or from Discrete Mathematics or from MORSE) to straight Mathematics?
Subject to availability of places, yes. We do sometimes allow students to transfer into the second year of the BSc or MMath, provided that they have done exceptionally well on the core first-year modules.
My school does not teach Further Maths. 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. This includes students who study Further maths only to AS level.
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 make offers to applicants doing this each year. Your school should allow you to sit the exam even when they do not teach Further Maths.
What are the tuition fees and can I get financial support?
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 spend too long writing your personal statement. We will not spend more than a few minutes looking at it.
What if I do badly on STEP or MAT - does it count against me?
No. We ignore low marks, and zero marks, on these admissions tests. We know students sometimes register but do not have time to get prepared, or just have a bad day at the office. We only take good marks into consideration.
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 Ph.D. programme is now via the MMath.
What is your opinion on A-level resits?
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.
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 contact 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 number and the course code applied for in the subject line.
What should I do if I haven't listed STEP or MAT on my UCAS form?
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 we will receive your marks.
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.
Will I be at a disadvantage if I don't study Mechanics/Complex Numbers?
Material that is not in the A-Level core, is always covered in our courses from first principles.
A conscientious student can make up the deficit with extra effort.
Will I still be made an offer if my predicted grades are below the entry requirements?
We try and make an offer to all A-level applicants who have at least a predicted A in Further Maths.
All our standard A-level offers will however ask for A* grades in both Maths and Further Maths.
Thinking of studying Mathematics at Warwick?
You are free to do 100% maths, or if you prefer, we offer the opportunity to choose options from several other world-class departments at Warwick.
There are a range of ways you can experience our department before applying, these include:
- Undergraduate Open Days
- Offer Holder Open Days
- Live Chats
- Virtual 360 Campus Tour
It is a good thing to prepare yourself for your university mathematics course by doing some preliminary reading.
We've compiled a list of suggested reading to introduce you to University mathematics.
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