Lifelong Learning Centre

BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences with Foundation Year

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If you would like to study Earth and Environmental Science at university, but do not currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree is for you.

Key Information

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Course duration:
4 years

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Where to apply:
Apply via UCAS

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

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Programme Catalogue:
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Do you have a keen desire to further your understanding of the earth and environmental processes and how core science subjects are applied to investigate earth processes? BSc Earth and Environmental Sciences is a four year extended degree. It is designed for applicants who do not currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a Foundation Year which provides intensive, well-structured support. The programme is part of the University’s commitment to inclusion and widening participation. This is reflected in the prioritisation of applicants (see entry criteria).

During the Foundation Year you will have instruction in core sciences that contribute to our understanding of earth systems. By the end of the year you will have taken a range of science modules – in chemistry, physics, geology, environmental sciences and mathematics – as well as had guided instruction to develop your academic skills. After successful completion you will progress to one of a broad range of Earth and Environment degrees, which all offer research-based teaching taught by people who are international authorities in climate science, sustainability, geology and geophysics.

From the beginning of your journey on the Earth and Environmental Sciences Foundation Year (EEFY) you will be provided with a high level of support from your subject tutors, your Personal Tutor who you will meet with at least three times during the year, other specialists from our Academic Skills team and the Programme Leader.

In your first Personal Tutorial session you will discuss your progression aspirations and map out your plans to work towards a successful progression to Level 1 study in the School of Earth and Environment. You will know from the beginning of your journey what your academic goals need to be and will be provided with guidance throughout the year to help you to be as successful as you can.

During your year of study on the EEFY programme you will get to know the University of Leeds first hand as you will have access to all the resources of the University, including University accommodation. As such you will be more familiar with the campus and its buildings, how to manage the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) system used by tutors and aware of the support systems found not only at the Lifelong Learning Centre but also across the University. Additionally, you will have access to some of the best student societies on campus: EnviroSoc, RocSoc and the SAG (Sustainability Action Group).

Our goal for you as an EEFY student is for you to develop the needed academic knowledge and confidence, study skills, and understanding of how to approach your studies so that you are successful when you transfer to the School of Earth and Environment for more specialised studies.