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Essential Mathematics 1, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 8 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The Essential Mathematics 1 programme offered by The Open University UK provides a broad and enjoyable foundation for university-level mathematics, but you do require some prior knowledge.

About

The Essential Mathematics 1 programme offered by The Open University UK teaches you the essential ideas and techniques that underpin university-level study in mathematics and mathematical subjects such as physics, engineering and economics. 

You’ll study a range of fundamental topics – including calculus, vectors, matrices and complex numbers – and use mathematical software to solve problems. You’ll also develop your skills in communicating results and defining problems. This is not a module for beginners. 

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor is particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. We may also be able to offer group tutorials (online or face-to-face), that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. The locations of face-to-face tutorials will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

Successful study of this module should begin to develop your skills in:

  • expressing problems in mathematical language
  • using mathematical techniques to find solutions to problems
  • communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly.
Professional recognition

This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 8 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

There are twelve study units in this module.

  • In the first two, you’ll revise and extend the basic mathematical knowledge and skills in basic algebra and graphs that should mainly be familiar to you.

In the remaining study units you’ll cover these topics:

  • Functions
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors
  • Calculus
  • Matrices
  • Sequences
  • Complex numbers

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at level 2.

Although many of these topics are revised, consolidated and extended in the module, we recommend that you have a working knowledge of:

  • arithmetic of whole numbers, decimals and fractions (including negative numbers, powers and roots)
  • algebraic manipulation, such as multiplying out brackets, factorising simple expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, manipulating algebraic fractions and manipulating powers of variables
  • percentages, ratio and proportion.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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