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Unit information: Essential Mathematics in 2020/21

Unit name Essential Mathematics
Unit code LANG00037
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Andersen
Open unit status Not open

IELTS minimum 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5 in writing and 4.5 in all other components or equivalent



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This is a 20-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which is aimed at students requiring standard, higher or advanced numeracy skills.

The unit aims to provide students with a strong mathematical foundation for further academic study, and to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a range of courses in higher education.

The teaching and learning will cover the following content:



Ratio, proportion and rates of change

Geometry and measures



Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Use and apply standard mathematical techniques
  2. Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically
  3. Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Teaching details

Students will attend 3 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, workshop-style exercises. On-line delivery of materials through Blackboard VLE.

Assessment Details

Formative Assessment:

  • Regular problem sheets, with feedback provided during weekly seminars

Summative Assessment:

  • Written examination (30%) ILOs 1, 2, 3
  • Written examination (70%) ILOs 1, 2, 3

Reading and References

Recommended Reading

Mathematics: A Complete Introduction: The Easy Way to Learn Maths, Hugh Neill and Trevor Johnson (Teach Yourself, 2018).

Many textbooks cover the material taught in this unit, for example:

GCSE Mathematics (CGP GCSE Maths 9-1 Revision, 2015)