MAS003 Core Foundation Mathematics

Both semesters, 2021/22 40 Credits
Lecturer: Dr Nicole Jarvis Timetable
Aims Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment

The syllabus for MAS003 covers the common core A-Level curriculum. The module is tailored for students who have been away from mathematics for a period of time, but who will have gained some A-Level or similar qualifications. The unit covers the basic principles of algebra, geometry and calculus. Following the introduction of new material in the lectures, students have the opportunity of extensive problem solving, both in the tutorial sessions with the lecturers and in their own time.

There are no prerequisites for this module.
No other modules have this module as a prerequisite.


This module aims to develop the mathematical skills necessary to undertake the study of Engineering or Science degrees at first-year undergraduate level, and to provide the appropriate foundations for further mathematical studies.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, a candidate will be able to demonstrate understanding of the following.
  • Basic algebra
  • Basic trigonometry
  • Two- and three-dimensional coordinate geometry
  • Vector quantities
  • Circle Geometry
  • Revision of GCSE basic material (fractions, solving simple equations)
  • Quadratics
  • Inequalities
  • Polynomials
  • Functions
  • Partial Fractions
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Sequences and Series
  • Probability (and short introduction to statistics)
  • Further trigonometry
  • Calculus (differentiation and integration)

Teaching methods

Lectures, tutorials, problem solving

No lectures, no tutorials


Weekly online testing (10%). Autumn exam (20%). Spring exam (70%).

Length of the exam Autumn exam: MCQs on Blackboard 1 hour Written exam 1.5 hours
Spring exam (and resit): MCQs on Blackboard 1.5 hours Written exam 2 hours