Number of credits: 40

Pre-requisites: GCSE C Mathematics or equivalent


To achieve a solid grounding in the basic principles of pure mathematics at the standard of A-level. To ensure that students can deal with arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus to a standard that will support entry to an undergraduate degree. programme.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • differentiate and integrate simple functions
  • carry out simple manipulation and operation of trigonometric functions and complex numbers
  • solve simple algebraic equations, inequalities and trigonometric equations
  • use the methods of calculus to sketch curves.

Additional outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to have enhanced their problem-solving skills

Outline content

Beginning with revision of the most elementary arithmetic and algebra, the module gradually proceeds through topics such as logarithms, trigonometry, differential and integral calculus and complex numbers.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods

Lectures supported by small group tutorials.

Student views of this module

Prabhjyot Singh (Pakistan)

'I chose to study Mathematics because I find it very interesting. It is also important because I need it for my degree in Engineering next year.

Facing new problems is the most interesting aspect of the module. In this way I am able to learn a lot of different topics. The most challenging aspect is that you need patience and hard work.

I think that future students of this module will find it very interesting but hard work is also necessary. The teachers are responsible for making this module easy and interesting.'

Yang Moyang (China)

'I chose to study Mathematics because I am interested in the subject and it relates to my degree in Psychology.

I have found it very interesting to learn new topics such as Binomial Theorem and different ways of thinking and solving problems. The most challenging aspect of the module has been to learn Maths in English. I have to remember a lot of new words and the explanations of formulae are sometimes different from those I learnt in China. I have been allowed to use a calculator which I was not allowed to use before.

I would like to advise future students of this module to be careful about solving problems and to work very hard. Knowledge is easy but high marks are difficult to get !'

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