Science Foundation Year
Life Sciences Programmes
Study Life Sciences
Our Department of Life Sciences provides an exciting and stimulating environment where excellence in teaching and research are highly valued, and we provide opportunities for students and staff to pursue their scientific ambitions.
The Department has a growing reputation for both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research, which covers a wide spectrum of the Life Sciences. Teaching is underpinned by the research expertise of our academic staff, encompassing areas as diverse as animal behaviour, cognition and welfare, biomedical science, biochemistry, evolution and ecology.
Foundation Year Programmes
|Course Title||UCAS Code||Validation Status||Entry Requirements (A Level)||Entry Requirements (BTEC)||Entry Requirements (T Levels)||Additional Requirements (GCSE)|
|Animal Behaviour and Welfare with Science Foundation Year BSc||D792||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Biochemistry with Science Foundation Year BSc||C702||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Biology with Science Foundation Year BSc||C102||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Biomedical Science with Science Foundation Year BSc||B942||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Bioveterinary Science with Science Foundation Year BSc||D304||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Ecology and Conservation with Science Foundation Year BSc||C18A||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
|Zoology with Science Foundation Year BSc||C302||Validated||CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points)||MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit)||Pass (C or above in Core)||3 GCSEs at grade 4(C) to include English and Maths|
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How You Study
Students on all foundation programmes study a combination of core and subject specific modules during the first year as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the full degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.
Students study a core module at the start of the programme, which aims to introduce key study skills required for further study. Students also study three further modules which introduce fundamental aspects of specific areas of science and mathematics relevant to the chosen foundation year programme. Students will also study an integrative module which is aligned to the full degree programme which students' wish to progress onto upon successful completion of the Science 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 Zoology with Science Foundation Year”. Course specific information on the full degree programmes within the School of Life Sciences can be found within our course pages.
All students will study the core module:
- Study Skills
Students will also study:
- Fundamentals of Chemistry
- Fundamentals of Biology
- Fundamentals of Mathematics
Students also complete the integrative module:
- Foundation Year Life Sciences
Following successful completion of the foundation year, students will then progress onto their chosen full degree programme. Full module details can be found below:
Full Module Details
This core module is compulsory for all Science Foundation Year students. During the communication elements of the module, you will have the opportunity to develop your learning, group work and presentation skills, together with both written and verbal communication skills and ICT skills. The module will be assessed via submission of three pieces of coursework.
- A reflective commentary
- A group presentation
- A scientific essay
Fundamentals of Chemistry
This module is compulsory for students progressing into Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy degrees, and is an optional choice for those on Engineering degree paths. The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge on key areas of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, whilst also developing key processing and problem-solving skills in an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Work within laboratory sessions also aim to increase your confidence in both working practically and analysing practical results.
Fundamentals of Biology
This module is compulsory for students progressing into Life Sciences and Pharmacy degrees and is an optional choice for those on Chemistry degree paths. The Fundamentals of Biology module aims to enable students to gain a solid understanding of a broad range of aspects of biology, in preparation for their chosen degree programme, within an academically challenging yet supportive environment. Practical classes in the laboratory and field aim to allow students to develop their skills in project management and data gathering, handling and interpretation.
Fundamentals of Mathematics
This module is compulsory for students progressing into Chemistry, Life Sciences, or Pharmacy degrees. The module aims to develop the relevant problem solving and mathematical skills to provide a solid mathematical base to support future studies. The module will be assessed via regular submission of coursework questions and an end of year synoptic assessment.
Foundation Year Life Sciences
This module aims to enable students to increase their depth and breadth of understanding of the latest research topics and methodologies from across life sciences. Students will be introduced to topics of interest, typically spanning all programs within the School of Life Sciences, through a series of lectures, research seminars, and practical sessions. Students are given opportunities to interpret and critique scientific research through the critical evaluation of published papers and develop skills including academic writing and presentation.
How You Are Assessed
The way students will be assessed will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a lab report or essay, an end of year synoptic assessment, portfolio development, group work, or presentations to name some examples.