Science Foundation Year

Science Foundation Year 

The Science Foundation Year aims to prepare students for degree-level study, by equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in science, healthcare or engineering related subjects. The course is designed to open up an exciting world of opportunities within these disciplines for students who do not meet our standard entry requirements.

The course aims to prepare students with the fundamental skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study, which may open up exciting careers and further study opportunities.

The course provides an alternative integrated entry route onto a wide range of degree-level programmes in the College of Science in the areas of Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physics, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

Entry Requirements

The Science Foundation Year is designed to open up a pathway of study to those who may not meet the standard entry requirements for a degree. This can include students not having the required combination of subject areas or having lower-than-expected grades.

It could also be an ideal entry route for students who have taken a break from education or are wishing to enter into University with non-traditional qualifications.

Foundation Year entry requirements for each subject area can be found here:



Life Sciences

Mathematics and Physics


Our standard entry requirements for each full degree programme can be found on the relevant course pages

How You Study

Students on the Science Foundation Year study a combination of core and subject specific modules as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Following successful completion of the Science Foundation Year, students will then progress onto the first undergraduate year of their chosen degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. Students’ final awards upon graduating will reflect the full course title, for example “BSc Mathematics with Science Foundation Year”. For more subject specific information, please visit the relevant foundation year course pages.


The Science Foundation Year is taught by academic staff at the University. Learning will be supported through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practicals, making use of specialist teaching facilities and equipment.

The foundation year provides an introduction to University student life and the opportunity to engage with an exciting range of extracurricular activities. The University of Lincoln’s campus also provides a modern, student-centred environment on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, with the city centre just a short walk away.


Kerry Blagden

Director of Foundation Year Studies

Dr Ellie Davison

Foundation Year Associate Professor

Dave Spafford Foundation Year Senior Lecturer

Thomas Hobson

Foundation Year Senior Lecturer

Emma Stones

Foundation Year Senior Lecturer

Rachael Addy

Foundation Year Lecturer

Christopher Moran

Foundation Year Lecturer

Dr Anika Tauchen Foundation Year Lecturer

Dr Rachel Farrow

Foundation Year Lecturer

Emily Geiger

Senior Administrator

Jane Schofield  Administrator

Prof Steve Bevan Head of School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Dr Ahmed Elseragy Acting Head of School of Engineering

Dr Josie Solomon Head of School of Pharmacy

Prof Ian Scowen Head of School of Chemistry

Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky Head of School of Mathematics and Physics


Full-time £9,250 per level* £15,900 per level**
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

* UK: The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

** International: The fees quoted are for one year of study. For continuing students fees are subject to an increase of 2% each year and rounded to the nearest £100.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions (PDF).

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