Lifelong Learning Centre

BSc Interdisciplinary Science

Student in a lab

If you would like to study science, engineering, technology or maths at university, but do not currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree, then this extended degree could be 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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Would you like to further your understanding of the scientific world and the application of this scientific knowledge in our daily lives, yet currently don’t have the qualifications to study science at university? If so, the BSc Interdisciplinary Sciences programme may be for you. Interdisciplinary Sciences is a four year extended degree, which means that you study an extra science Foundation Year at the start of your course and, providing you get the required grades, progress to the first year of a degree.

The Foundation Year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain scientific and mathematical knowledge. The Foundation Year caters for a wide range of students from mature learners returning to study from work to school leavers continuing their education. 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 will be keen and motivated to study across multiple scientific areas such as biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics alongside the continuous development of your academic skills. If you successfully complete the year you could progress onto a degree programme in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the School of Chemistry, the School of Physics and Astronomy, the Faculty of Engineering, the School of Mathematics, the School of Computing or the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds.

From the beginning of your journey on the SFY programme you will be provided with a high level of support from your tutors, your Personal Tutor who you will meet with at least three times during the year, other specialists to help with your studies from our Academic Skills team and programme staff.

In your first Personal Tutorial session you will discuss your progression aspirations and map out your plans to work towards a successful progression. 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 be as successful as you can be.

During your year of study on the SFY programme you will get to know the University of Leeds first hand, as you will have access to the same University resources as students on a degree course. As such you will be more familiar with the campus and its buildings, know how to manage the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) system used by tutors and be aware of the support systems found not only at the Lifelong Learning Centre but also across the University.

As a student at a prestigious research-intensive university you will have access to all the facilities, including University accommodation, and wide-ranging opportunities you would expect from a Russell Group institution. What’s more, the Leeds Curriculum means that whatever your choice of subject, study at Leeds is a well-rounded educational experience and our Leeds for Life initiative encourages you to consider how to make the best use of your time here to progress your personal and professional development.

Our goal for you as a student will be for you upon your progression to enter the first year of a degree programme with the academic knowledge and confidence, study skills and understanding to successfully approach your studies at degree level.