Skip to content
Science, Maths & Technology
  • Activity

Maths Skills for Science

Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019

Want to study science but worried you don't have the maths skills required for higher education? Fret not! We have a handy interactive guide to get you on track...

Maths for science gif Select the image to begin your maths challenge.

Become an OU student

Creative commons image Icon Milosz1 under CC BY 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences free course icon


BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

Study a specific science or pick and choose from different scientific disciplines. Many challenges facing society today involve a cross-disciplinary approach. So this degree, exploring a range of sciences, is perfect for the modern age. Start with a wide-ranging introduction to highly topical areas of modern science. This will give you a good grounding in each of the branches of science. You can continue with a broad-based approach or focus on a single area of science. Our OpenSTEM Labs mean you do some of the practical work online. Some modules also give you the opportunity to do hands-on lab work and fieldwork.

OU course
Creative commons image Icon A Snapshot of Sea Ice / NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science) free course icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences (Astronomy and Planetary Science)

You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification. For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate. However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer. A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register. Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.

OU course
Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: © Jarous |
Energy and sustainability free course icon Level


Energy and sustainability

Are fossil fuels running out? Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy supplies for the UK, and the world, despite increasing population levels and affluence? In this module you will look at the basic principles underlying the design and efficient use of energy and energy supply systems. Using a range of study materials and online activities, you will learn to use the appropriate scientific and mathematical techniques applied to energy related issues.

OU course

More like this

Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
Introducing data article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Introducing data

Understanding the ebbs and flows of the coastline is not just about observation but also about analysing data. Data is one of those words we use everyday, but what does it actually mean?  

Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
Beating The Bookies? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Beating The Bookies?

The Ever Wondered team gave financial guru Alvin Hall a fiver and sent him off to a greyhound track to explore how you can use numbers to shorten the odds

Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC
A prime primer article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

A prime primer

They're astonishingly powerful numbers. Simon Singh introduces the primes.

Hidden Maths article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Hidden Maths

Join us in breaking down the myths and mystery surrounding the world of Mathematics and Statistics with our FREE learning content. 





Related content (tags)

Copyright information

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?