Foundation Mathematics A (F3301)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module covers the basic foundations of Mathematics, also appropriate for Engineering and Physics.

It covers algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus (differential and integral).

In algebra you learn:

  • algebraic relationships
  • equalities and inequalities
  • remainder and factor theorems
  • factorisation
  • quadratic equations
  • partial fractions
  • indices and logarithms.

In geometry and trigonometry you learn:

  • inequalities and regions
  • trigonometric relationships
  • Cartesian coordinates and straight lines
  • compound angles
  • revision of some Euclidean geometry.

In differentiation calculus you learn:

  • the product and quotient rule
  • function of a function
  • differentiation of parametric forms and implicit functions
  • second order differentiation and turning points.

In integration calculus you learn:

  • standard integrals
  • integration by inspection, by substitution, by parts and using partial fractions
  • definite integrals
  • solution of first order differential equations by separation of variables.


62%: Lecture
19%: Practical (Workshop)
19%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Problem Set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 58 hours of contact time and 92 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.