Some degree courses offer additional qualifications such as a further two years of study to develop and reinforce the earlier mathematical skills. Others are aimed at increasing a candidate’s ability in a specific area of Maths. These may include working towards an honours degree in Maths or a certificate course that will allow students to work as a teacher or consultant in Maths. Students looking for a further knowledge of Maths should ideally sit their initial degree in Maths or similar subject and have a minimum of three GCSEs A-C including English, Geometry, Natural sciences and Maths.
An additional degree can be obtained with specific mathematical subjects that cover topics that are essential for most careers. For example, if students want to study a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, they should be able to complete at least four years of study at university and have the ability to undertake independent study. There are also subjects that can be studied by those studying a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics but not necessarily for academic purposes.
Maths qualifications can be taken as a foundation in other subjects and often lead to further study in a subject such as Physics or Engineering. Some universities offer students an option to study for two years of a Masters in Mathematics, this provides students with a foundation in one of the areas of Mathematics which they wish to study but gives them a real grounding and helps them to understand more complex subject matter.
There is a growing demand for Mathematics degrees and universities are increasingly offering university study in all disciplines and subjects including Maths. Most universities now offer students a choice between an Associate or Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Science in Maths.
University study in Mathematics is a great opportunity for students who may not normally have access to this subject, particularly if they are taking their first degree. It is one of the first subjects that most employers look at and if a potential employer does not possess a degree then they will often ask if the applicant has taken a course in Maths.
The number of Universities now offer study in suitable subjects for those wishing to take their degree is growing rapidly with some offering more subjects and qualifications than others. Students may wish to consider taking courses from non-university-based providers to save money on tuition and to help them study Maths at a local college. However, there are certain courses that are best studied from a University and these subjects may be less flexible and have stricter qualification criteria than other subjects. The first few semesters of university study can be difficult and may be easier to finish than normal subjects, especially if the candidate has a poor history with Maths.
Many students find full-time university study is too much work and do not finish their degree in two years, many choose to study part time so that they can achieve a qualification while still studying their other courses. Earning a qualification at a later stage can help those with families or caring for children as it enables them to complete work-related or family obligations. There is no need to go on full time study just to sit exams which may cause financial hardship and if a full-time career is out of reach then studying part time for an extra qualification may be the answer.