Professional Placement Year
Spend your third year in paid work as a mathematician or statistician where you can gain valuable work experience and develop your professional skills. We have strong links with industry and a dedicated placements team to help you find a placement and support you during your time there.
Professional award consideration
If you complete the professional training period, you can be considered for the City and Guilds Senior Licentiateship Award (LCGI).
Flexible degree schemes
In most cases, you're free to switch between degrees at the end of year one if your interests change. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement Year or a Year Abroad between years two and three. You don’t need to commit to either of these options until the start of the second year, so there’s plenty of time to decide.
Your personal tutor is there to offer advice, in confidence, on both academic and non-academic matters. You will also have access to weekly tutorials, supervised computer laboratories and daily drop-in sessions for one-to-one support.
You will be taught in Abacws, the new home for the School of Mathematics. This world-leading facility has been designed in collaboration with students and academic staff to create interdisciplinary, flexible and creative workspaces, with innovative teaching areas being a key feature, including a new simulated Trading Room for financial mathematics.
Gain valuable hands-on experience and develop your professional skills whilst delving deeper into the fascinating world of mathematics.
A mathematics qualification is well-respected by employers. The numerical, logical thinking and problem-solving skills that you’ll develop will enable you to tackle a wide variety of roles.
This four-year version of the degree includes a year of paid work in a mathematician and/or statistician role during year three. You will return to Cardiff following the successful completion of your work placement at the start of the autumn semester ready for your final year of studies.
In a competitive graduate job market, a placement can help you gain extra skills and experience to make you stand out from the crowd. It could help you secure a permanent role after you graduate, as well as providing real-world context to support your studies. If you're not sure what career path to follow, it's a great opportunity to explore your options and might even help you make those all-important decisions about your future.
Our strong links with industry give you a wide range of placement providers to choose from. Our students have completed exciting placements at organisations including:
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In each year of the Programme, you will take Modules to the value of 120 credits. The first two years are spent studying Mathematics. The third year is spent on industrial placement and you return to complete your degree in year four
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/2023 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
In Year One your core modules will cover the foundation areas of Calculus, Algebra, Analysis, Computing, and Probability. You're also able to choose optional modules in Statistics, Mechanics, and Finance.
Much of Year One is common to all of our degree schemes so transfer to another Mathematics degree is normally possible.
You are required to pass all first-year modules and achieve an average of at least 50% to proceed to the application stage.
In Year Two your core modules continue to build foundation knowledge in the areas of Calculus, Algebra, and Analysis. There is a greater choice of optional modules, including Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Finance, and Operational Research.
The modules you select will inform the choices available to you in Year Four.
You are free to transfer to the BSc Mathematics degree scheme if you decide not to take the Professional Placement Year.
We will provide help and support to help you find a placement in preparation for year three, however, the responsibility for securing a role rests with you. If you are unable to obtain a placement in Year Two, you will be transferred to the three-year BSc Mathematics degree.
You are required to pass a minimum of 100 credits to progress to the Professional Placement Year.
Year three: Sandwich year
In Year Three you will commence salaried employment, working as a Mathematician or Statistician at an organisation in the UK or Europe.
If you complete the professional training period you can be considered for the City and Guilds Senior Licentiateship Award (LCGI).
You will have support to apply for a placement, which can be undertaken with a wide range of providers across industry and government including many in the financial services, the pharmaceutical industry, and organisations such as the Office for National Statistics.
In Year Four there are no compulsory modules and your options are wide-ranging.
You have the flexibility to specialise in a particular area of mathematics, or retain a broad set of interests and explore several different areas.
As well as taught modules, you can also choose to undertake an individual 10-credit or 20-credit project giving you the opportunity to develop important transferable skills – communication, presentation and time management - and apply your mathematical knowledge to an investigation of your choice.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Tuition fees for 2022 entry
Fees for home status
Fees for overseas status
You can use your BSc in Mathematics with a Professional Placement Year as a pathway to the workforce where you may meet our alumni working in traditional pursuits such as teaching, actuarial work, and accountancy through to IT, pharmaceutical research, engineering and more. Or, you might choose to widen your career options to include a range of related fields by completing postgraduate studies in the sciences, computing or engineering.
Maths careers support
In the spring semester of your first year, there are a range of masterclasses available to you to help support your future career prospects. The classes cover work experience, CV and covering letters, application forms, interview techniques, and an introduction to LinkedIn.
We have a regularly-updated student jobs board featuring a range of volunteering, internship, placement, and graduate opportunities. Plus, we organise a full programme of student and employer presentations every year with employers, such as Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, PwC, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Sainsburys, Network Rail, GSK, Office of National Statistics, Welsh Government, the MOD, Welsh Water, and the Met Office.
The School of Mathematics also has a Careers Management Skills Programme, presentations by students returning from industry and a range of sponsored prizes awarded for academic achievement.
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