Foundation at Warwick: Maths and Econ
What do you know about the courses which you can study on the Warwick International Foundation Programme and be an actual student of the University of Warwick, living on a beautiful campus and using all the great facilities?
This year Warwick IFP consists of five different courses, specifically Mathematics and Economics, Business and Economics, Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Law.
Today I am going to tell you more about the course I am studying now, namely Maths and Economics.
What do we study?
Those who study Maths and Econ course have four main subjects: Pure Mathematics, Maths and Statistics, Economic Theory (which we study together with the students from the Social Sciences course) and Academic Skills. We also have English classes. Those who had a proper IELTS grade for the university in the beginning of the foundation course, study English only in the first and second terms. Bu those who need to meet their university IELTS requirements attend academic English classes as well as preparation for IELTS classes during all three terms. Moreover, the number of IELTS classes per week depends on your current IELTS results and might be changed with your progression. You might ask to cancel IELTS classes only if you have met the requirement you need. As a matter of fact, while applying for the universities in the United Kingdom, the university admission teams might be flexible with your academic grades but not with you IELTS results! Talking about Pure Maths and Maths and Statistics modules, the maths topics are sometimes the same but usually the programme is different. But these two modules are perfect to make you ready to study maths based courses, such as Mathematics (and Statistics / Economics / Business…), MORSE etc. Economic Theory module is usually the most difficult for the students due to the fact that most of the students here have never studied economics before. The amount of the new terms, topics and information studied in general make students feel ‘lost’. Academic Skills class gives us an idea about the tasks we might (and, probably, will) during future university years. For instance, our final projects which is worth 50% of our final mark is a research project where we should have a questionnaire, interview and/or data analysis, create a poster of our findings and conclusion. This assignment looks like a final project of some last-year undergraduate students.
Where do we study?
All the foundation students study ON campus! However, two years ago it wasn’t like this, because the Foundation Programme was based outside the campus and the students didn’t have an access to the facilities. This year, we all study in Westwood (part of the campus, 10-minute work from the central campus) most of the time, but some of the classes are on Central Campus, where all the university students are.
What is the difference between Maths&Economics and Business&Economics?
I would recommend everybody to choose Mathematics and Economics course, due to the several reasons. Firstly, this particular course gives better and wider maths knowledge. Secondly, it is believed to be more challenging, which makes it a greater pathway to the university. Thirdly, usually, there are fewer people on this course and teachers have more time to arrange an out-of-class meeting to help you with a topic or answer your question.
If you have any queries, feel free to leave comments or contact IFP office directly. One year ago I decided to apply for IFP 17/18 and it was definitely a right decision!