Mathematics and statistics play a part in almost all daily activities. They are at the heart of advances in science and technology, as well as being indispensable problem-solving and decision-making tools in many areas of life. Forecasting the weather or movements in the stock market, planning travel timetables, or calculating how much water is needed to fill a swimming pool, all rely on mathematics or statistics. Mathematical and statistical knowledge is much sought after by employers for a wide variety of jobs.
You don’t need to have studied mathematics to a high level at school to study one of our qualifications or courses in maths. There are modules you can study as part of your degree that will build up your mathematical and statistical knowledge from a starting place that’s right for you.
Undergraduate or bachelors degrees are nationally recognised qualifications consisting of academic study designed to help you gain a thorough understanding of a subject.
For a degree in a named subject, such as business studies or humanities, you'll study mainly in your chosen subject, although you may be able to include some modules from other subjects.
With The Open University you could also study an Open degree where you can combine a range of modules from similar or different subjects to suit either your particular career or personal interests.
You can use a degree to:
A Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) is equivalent to two thirds of an honours degree. They are nationally recognised qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study.
DipHEs are designed to increase the professional and technical skills of staff within a profession or extend your knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. A DipHE shows that you are capable of extended study at university level.
You can use a DipHE to:
The Diploma of Higher Education might be of particular interest to those living and working in Scotland.
OU Diplomas are specially designed Open University qualifications focusing either on a particular job or profession, or academic study. For example The Open University's Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) is the most popular route into a career in teaching at secondary level in Scotland.
You can use an OU Diploma to:
A Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) is a nationally recognised qualification focusing on either a particular job or profession, or academic study. Equivalent to the first year of a full honours degree, they are the most basic level of qualification that can be gained in higher education and show that you are capable of studying successfully at university level.
You can use a CertHE to:
There are two ways to start a qualification. If you haven’t studied for a long time or need to build your confidence, beginning your studies with an Access module may be the right choice for you.
Choose a qualification to find out more.
You can study a single module on its own for personal interest or to improve your career prospects. See the list of all our individual courses in Mathematics and Statistics.
If you already have a degree, you may want to see postgraduate courses and qualifications in Mathematics and Statistics
If you want to study for an undergraduate qualification and you are living outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, visit our international prospectus.
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