Selection Policy (2013 entry)
We do not normally interview applicants for our single-subject mathematics programmes. Rather you will be invited, after an offer has been made, to come to one of our Visit Days, where you will have the opportunity to meet one of our academic staff for an informal one-to-one chat. These are usually held on Wednesdays from January to March.
All degree programmes take as their assumed background the single-subject core (modules C1-C4) of Mathematics A-level. Offers made on non-A-level qualifications will generally have two components: first, a grade indicating mastery of this core material, and, second, a high level of general school-leaving qualification.
We encourage applicants to take Further Maths (FM) AS- or A-level wherever available. Such applicants will find some familiar material in the first term of our degree programme, but generally not thereafter. Beyond such encouragement, however, we do not use the taking of Further Mathematics as a selection criterion. You are just as likely to receive an offer if you are taking only a single Mathematics A-level.
Advanced Extension (AEA) and STEP papers
We do not make offers which explicitly include Advanced Extension Award (AEA) or Sixth-Term Examination Papers (STEP), but we value greatly the additional mathematical maturity and problem-solving ability which they develop. We normally expect to admit applicants who, in August, have narrowly missed our offer but have performed well in such papers.
Department of Mathematics, University of York, Heslington, York, UK. YO10 5DD