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.

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

Information for Offer Holders Joining Us in Autumn 2021

Letter from Head of Science Foundation Year

We are delighted you are interested in joining us at the University of Lincoln and I am writing to let you know about our planning for the new academic year. You currently have an offer of a place at the University and we want to keep you updated so you can start preparing for your future, should you be successful in meeting any outstanding conditions of your offer.

We fully intend your experience with us at Lincoln will be engaging, supportive and academically challenging. We are determined to provide our students with a safe and exciting campus experience, ensuring you benefit from the best that both face-to-face and online teaching offer. We have kept our focus on friendliness and community spirit at Lincoln and we look forward to your participation in that community.

As you know, the UK Government has published its roadmap for the easing of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions in England. There are still some uncertainties for universities around possible restrictions for the next academic year, particularly in relation to social distancing in large group teaching. We are planning in line with government guidance for both face-to-face and online teaching to ensure you have a good campus experience and can complete all the requirements for your programme.  We are fully prepared to adapt and flex our plans if changes in government regulations make this necessary during the year.

Face-to-face teaching and interaction with tutors and course mates are key to students’ learning and the broader student experience. Face-to-face sessions will be prioritised where it is most valuable, particularly for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals and lab sessions. Students tell us that there are real benefits to some elements of online learning within a blended approach, such as revisiting recorded materials and developing new digital skills and confidence.  At Lincoln we aim to take forward the best aspects of both.

This letter sets out in detail various aspects of the planned experience at Lincoln for your chosen subject area, and we hope the information is helpful as you plan for your future.

Teaching and Learning

In the Science Foundation Year, we incorporate a number of opportunities to allow you to move beyond the classroom including specialist laboratory sessions to develop your practical scientific and technical skills. We will continue to offer these opportunities as long as restrictions allow us to do so. Access to laboratories and specialist facilities is at the forefront of our delivery and we plan to provide you with as full a face-to-face laboratory experience as we are able to, alongside your seminars. Alongside these teaching sessions we also undertake to provide you with the means to demonstrate your learning using a range of assessment methods, including assessment of practical skills, presentation skills and essay writing. There will be a range of online and in person opportunities to demonstrate your understanding and development as you progress through your curriculum.

We recognise that there are no guarantees in the current pandemic, and students may have questions regarding their programme of study, Lincoln or any other aspect of their University experience. We will communicate with you via e-mail, either from the University or from the Foundation Studies Centre for more specific information as necessary. In addition, we provide below an e-mail address for you to contact us should you have queries that have not been addressed in this letter. We would love to hear from you as we move towards the new academic year so please do get in touch if you need us. It is our job to make your time at Lincoln as rewarding as possible.  

The University Campus

We are very proud of our beautiful and vibrant campuses at the University of Lincoln and we have used our extensive indoor and outdoor spaces to provide students with access to study and social areas as well as learning resources and facilities, adapting them where necessary in line with government guidance. All the mitigations and safety measures you would expect are in place on our campuses (at Lincoln, Riseholme and Holbeach), such as hand sanitisers, one-way systems, and other social distancing measures where these are required.

Student Wellbeing and Support

The University’s Student Wellbeing Centre and Student Support Centre are fully open for face-to-face and online support. Should you, as one of our applicants, have any questions about coming to Lincoln in October or any other concerns, these specialist teams are here for you. You can contact Student Wellbeing and the Student Support Centre by visiting https://studentservices.lincoln.ac.uk where service details and contact information are available, or if you are in Lincoln you can make an appointment to meet a member of the team.

To enable you to make the most out of your experience in Lincoln and to help you access course materials and other services, we recommend that you have a desktop, laptop or tablet device available during your studies. This will enable you to engage easily with our online learning platforms from your student accommodation or from home. Students can use IT equipment on campus in the Library, our learning lounges, and specialist academic areas; however, there may not always be a space free when you have a timetabled session or an assessment to complete which is why we recommend you have your own device too, if possible. If you are struggling to access IT equipment or reliable internet services, please contact ICT for technical support and Student Support who can assist you with further advice and information.

We are committed to providing you with the best possible start to university life and to helping you to prepare for your time with us. As part of this commitment, you can access our Student Life pre-arrival online support package. This collection of digital resources, advice and helpful tips created by current students is designed to help you prepare for the all-important first steps into higher education, enabling you to learn within a supportive community and to make the most of the new opportunities that the University of Lincoln provides. When you are ready, you can begin by going to studentlife.lincoln.ac.uk/starting.

Students’ Union

Your Students’ Union is here to make sure that you get the most from every aspect of your student experience. They will be providing a huge range of in-person and virtual events and opportunities - you are sure to find something perfect for you! Meet people and find a new hobby by joining one of their 150 sports teams and societies. Grab lunch between teaching or a drink with friends in The Swan, Towers or The Barge. Learn new skills and boost your CV by taking part in training courses and volunteering opportunities in your spare time. Grab a bike from the Cycle Hire and explore the city you will be calling home.

To kick-off the new academic year, your Students’ Union will be bringing you The Official Lincoln Freshers Week 2021, with a huge line-up of social events, club nights, fayres and activities for you enjoy (restrictions permitting). Keep an eye on www.facebook.com/lincolnfreshers21 for line-up and ticket updates, so you don’t miss out.

Most importantly, your Students’ Union will always be there for you when you need it most; making sure that your voice as a student is always heard. The SU Advice Centre can provide independent advice and support on housing, finance, welfare and academic issues. As well as this, your Course Representatives are always on hand to make sure that you are getting the best from your academic experience. To find out more about the Students’ Union’s events, opportunities, support and how to get in contact go to: www.lincolnsu.com.

Student Accommodation

Many applicants will choose to live in dedicated student accommodation on, or close to, campus and you may well have already booked your student residence for the upcoming year. All University-managed student accommodation will have our Residential Wardens in place. Residential Wardens are here to help you settle into your new accommodation and will be offering flatmate and residential support activities throughout the year. If you have booked University accommodation, you will have already heard from us with further details on where you will be living to help you prepare. If you have not yet booked your accommodation, we still have plenty of options available. In the meantime, lots of advice and information can be found on the accommodation pages of our .

The information detailed in this letter will form part of your agreement with the University of Lincoln. If we do not hear from you to the contrary prior to enrolment, we will assume that you acknowledge and accept the information contained in this letter. Adaptations to how we work may have to be made in line with any future changes in government guidance, and we will communicate these with you as necessary. Please do review the University’s Admissions Terms and Conditions (in particular sections 8 and 9) and Student Complaints Procedure so you understand your rights and the agreement between the University and its students.

We very much hope this information is useful to help you plan for the next step in your academic journey, and we look forward to welcoming you here at Lincoln this Autumn. This is the start of a new phase and will be an exciting time for all of us. If you have any questions, please do email me at kblagden@lincoln.ac.uk and I will do my best to help.

Kerry Blagden

Head of Science Foundation Year

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:

Chemistry

Engineering

Life Sciences

Mathematics and Physics

Pharmacy

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.

Facilities

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.

Staff

 NamePositionContact
Kerry Blagden

Director of Foundation Year Studies

Dr Ellie Davison

Foundation Year Senior Lecturer

Dave Spafford Foundation Year Senior Lecturer

Rachael Addy

Foundation Year Lecturer raddy@lincoln.ac.uk

Thomas Hobson 

Foundation Year Lecturer

Christopher Moran

Foundation Year Lecturer

cmoran@lincoln.ac.uk

Emma Stones

Foundation Year Lecturer

Dr Anika Tauchen Foundation Year Lecturer

atauchen@lincoln.ac.uk

Emily Geiger

Senior Administrator

egeiger@lincoln.ac.uk

Jane Schofield  Administrator

Dr Rachel Farrow

Foundation Year Technician

rfarrow@lincoln.ac.uk

     
Prof Steve Bevan Head of School of Life Sciences

Dr Ahmed Elseragy Acting Head of School of Engineering

aelseragy@lincoln.ac.uk

Dr Josie Solomon Head of School of Pharmacy

jsolomon@lincoln.ac.uk

Prof Ian Scowen Head of School of Chemistry

Prof Andrei Zvelindovsky Head of School of Mathematics and Physics

Fees

2022/23UKInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level* TBC
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt
2021/22UKInternational
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).

University Regulations