Lifelong Learning Centre

BSc Interdisciplinary Science

Student in a lab
Course duration 4 Years Full Time

The Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFG0) is intended to widen participation so we are keen to receive applications from those with backgrounds that are under-represented within the student body. Applications are also encouraged from those who are returning to study with experience outside of full-time education.

Applicants returning to study with experience outside of full-time education are usually interviewed and may be required to pass other forms of assessment if they do not have GCSE or level 3 qualifications.

Is this for me?

There can be good reasons why someone does not achieve their best at school or college. Your learning may have been disrupted by adverse circumstances, you may have had limited opportunities or support, you may have left formal education some time ago and gained experience, abilities and maturity that you did not have when you were younger.

Foundation courses at the Lifelong Learning Centre are designed especially for learners in such situations as part of the University’s commitment to being a diverse community that welcomes students from all backgrounds. They take the form of an extended, four year degree that begins with an intensive preparatory year with the Lifelong Learning Centre followed by progression to a standard degree programme in an academic school.

What will I be taught?

For information on the modules that you will study as part of this course please see the entry in the programme catalogue.

Will this cost more?

The University has discounted the foundation year fees for students from households on lower incomes.

Household income Fee
£25k or less £3k
Between £25k and £42k £6k
Over £42k £9k (no discount)

You do not have to pay this upfront as you are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees, making study free at the point of entry*. Repayments will not begin until you finish your programme and you do not have to repay anything until you are earning over £21k per year. Repayments are only calculated on income over £21k and are affordable, for example, those earning £25k will only repay around £7 a week.

*for personally eligible students who are taking a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held.

How will I be taught?

There is a strong emphasis in our foundation courses on helping you to develop skills for success. 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. Members of the Lifelong Learning Centre staff team are available to offer help with all aspects of your progress and you will have periodic individual meetings with your personal tutor to help you realise your goals. We also provide continuing support once students transfer from the Lifelong Learning Centre to other parts of the University.

How will I be assessed?

Methods of assessment reflect those that you will find later in your degree programme in order to ensure that you are well-prepared for your continuing study. We see assessment as a key way of enabling you to learn by doing and make sure that feedback from tutors supports this process.

Better jobs and professional enhancement

A qualification from 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. From the very start of your foundation year there will be support to help you to use your time at university to maximise your opportunities for career development.


University of Leeds graduates continue to have a very good reputation amongst employers. According to the 2012 High Fliers survey, Leeds is the 11th ‘most-targeted’ university by the UK’s top graduate employers, and in the 2011 QS World University Rankings, Leeds ranked 51st for the employer review score and came 13th out of the UK universities.

To read more about employability please see

Further information

Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre

Phone: (0113) 343 3212

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