D.P. said:A 1st class in Maths from Oxbridge with a year working in industry with an intreresting and relevent final year project with something extra like badminton club captain etc will really be looked highly upon.
I don't want to be nitpicky but... There's no 'Year in Industry' for Oxbridge Maths courses, and they don't have final year projects either. The Cambridge course is just a straight 3 year course with exams at the end of each year, with the final exam counting as the degree result. I don't know about Oxford maths but it's probably the same.
On the other hand, I understand that Maths was just used as a representation of an old-school 'classic' degree that is still respectable!
To put in my tuppence, I don't see the point of mickey mouse degrees, especially at the so-called 'ex-polys'. If you want a degree that will help your career then go for a subject that has a history, and that is recognised by potential employers. And do it at a repectable university. Oxbridge, London (KCL, UCL, LSE, Imperial), Bristol, Durham, Warwick, etc. I'm afraid that Southampton Solent doesn't count as a respectable university, neither does Lincoln. If you're going to one of those universities that noones ever heard of, then the employer probably won't have heard of it either. Hence, no job offer.