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.

Our standard entry requirements for each degree programme can be found on the relevant course pages. Foundation Year requirements for these programmes are shown within the individual subject sections on the left.

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 and professional support staff at the University. Learning will be supported through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials 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.


Mrs Kerry Blagden

Head of Foundation Year Studies

01522 83 5733

Dr Ellie Davison

Foundation Year Lecturer

01522 83 5331

Miss Jayne Simmons

Foundation Year Lecturer
01522 83 5332

Mr Dave Spafford

Foundation Year Lecturer
01522 83 5464

Mrs Fiona Bissett

Foundation Year Lecturer

Mr Thomas Hobson 

Foundation Year Lecturer
01522 83 5091
Dr Francesco Zamberlan Foundation Year Lecturer
Prof Steve Bevan Head of School of Life Sciences

Dr Michael Gallimore Head of School of Engineering

Dr Paul Grassby 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

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.

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


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).

Science Foundation Year Programme and Module Specification

Science Foundation Year Programme Structure 2019-20

University Regulations