Lifelong Learning Centre

Earth and Environmental Sciences with Foundation Year BSc

(Full time) 2017 start

Key facts

UCAS code: F75N

4 years full time

Typical A-Level offer: CDD
excluding critical thinking and general studies.

Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: See fees section below
International fees: Not applicable  

This course is available to UK residents only

Contact us

LLC Learning and Teaching Admissions

0113 343 3212


If you’d like to study earth and environmental sciences but don’t currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry, then this extended degree is for you.

The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree courses. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in earth and environmental sciences. Recent students went on to study for degrees in environmental science, meteorology and climate science, and sustainability and environmental management.

Lifelong Learning Centre support

The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. You’ll benefit from our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

Is this course for me?

Earth and Environmental Sciences BSc is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements 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 widening participation and this is reflected in the non-academic entry criteria.

The foundation year will bring together a portfolio of academic and scientific study skills. You’ll be keen and motivated to study across multiple scientific areas such as physics, chemistry and geology, alongside the continuous development of your academic skills. There is a strong emphasis on helping students achieve their full potential and develop as independent, self-directed learners. The foundation year caters for a wide range of students from mature learners returning to study from work to school leavers continuing their education.

Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year and met your progression goals you’ll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Learning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.

Course content

The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. Staff work closely with you during the foundation year to help identify the degree choices that are most appropriate for you and map out your plans to work towards a successful progression. You’ll 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 be as successful as you can be.

Core modules help you to develop knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles in the areas of physics, chemistry and geology. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematics and academic skills that underpin these disciplines, and gain skills for scientific enquiry in practical, laboratory and fieldwork.

On successful completion of the foundation year you’ll progress to year one of your chosen degree programme.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0113Mathematics and Statistics for Earth and Environment30
LLLC0114Chemistry for Earth and Environmental Sciences30
LLLC0142Geology and Environment - a U.K. Perspective15
LLLC0168Physics and Mechanics for Earth and Environment30
LLLC0169Skills to Succeed in the Sciences10
ODLM1000Studying in a digital age5

For more information on typical modules, read Earth and Environmental Sciences with Foundation Year BSc in programme catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year of the programme on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.


Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree in order to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.

Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: CDD excluding critical thinking and general studies.

GCSE: English, Maths and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent.

Additional entry criteria

As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:

  • Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
  • You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*- C passes at GCSE.
  • You grew up in public care.

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.


Merit, Merit, Pass

Cambridge Pre-U

P1, P2, P3

International Baccalaureate

24 overall (12 higher)

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

Welsh Baccalaureate

Please contact the LLC Admissions Team

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

If you don’t have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course, our Alternative Entry Scheme takes account of your work and life experience. It usually involves a selection day and one or more pieces of work, set and marked by the relevant admissions tutor. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection day and/or interview to assess your commitment and potential.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable  

For UK and non-UK EU students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to higher education funding. We anticipate that we will be able to confirm the 2017 fee in late 2016. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course, as permitted by law. 

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

For example, in 2016/17 depending on your circumstances up to £3,000 non-repayable financial support was available for the foundation year from the Leeds Financial Support scheme and up to £2,500 per year thereafter.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the foundation year you could progress onto a range of degree courses in earth and environmental sciences. Check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to for more information about specific career opportunities.

A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.

Careers support

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students:

  • explore their career options
  • develop or enhance their employability skills
  • gain work or voluntary experience
  • prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
  • find and apply for jobs

Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.