If you’d like to study science, engineering, technology or maths 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, subject to meeting the specific requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree courses. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in science, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare. Recent students went on to study for degrees in biology, sport and exercise sciences, zoology, computer science, chemical engineering, mechatronics and robotics, and nutrition.
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?
Interdisciplinary Science 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 chemistry, mathematics and biology or physics, 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 Leaning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study
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 in chemistry, mathematics and skills are taken concurrently with the study of either biology or physics (depending on your progression route) to develop a knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles within and across each of the scientific disciplines. You also gain skills for academic and 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.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
In the foundation year you’ll choose biology or physics, depending on the degree programme you want to progress to. You’ll also take chemistry, maths and skills. The exact choices available to you will depend on your intended progression degree and on other modules you choose. The list below shows the breadth of typical topics, but you'll need to discuss with your programme leaders before choosing.
|LLLC0169||Skills to Succeed in the Sciences||10|
|ODLM1000||Studying in a Digital Age||5|
|LLLC0125||Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)||15|
|LLLC0126||Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)||20|
|LLLC0127||Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)||15|
|LLLC0128||Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)||20|
|LLLC0131||Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (2)||20|
|LLLC0132||Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (1)||15|
|LLLC0133||Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (2)||20|
|LLLC0141||Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (1)||15|
|LLLC0166||Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplanary Sciences (1)||15|
|LLLC0167||Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)||20|
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
A-level: CDD excluding critical thinking and general studies.
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
For applicants wishing to progress to:
- A physics, maths or engineering degree programme – GCSE English and science at grade C/4 or above and GCSE maths at grade B/6 or above, or equivalent.
- Medicine and Dentistry – GCSE maths and English at grade C/4 or above
- Nursing (Adult) BSc, Nursing (Child) BSc and Nursing (Mental Health) BSc – normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include maths, English and 2 science subjects.
- Midwifery BSc – normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include science, maths and English at grade B/6 or above.
- Healthcare Sciences (Audiology) BSc, Healthcare Sciences (Cardiac Physiology) BSc and Radiography BSc – 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include maths, English and science
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.
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
P1, P2, P3
24 overall (12 higher)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
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Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
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Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
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.
Please mention on your personal statement the area you want to progress to.
If your application your application is shortlisted you’ll be invited to a selection day to assess your commitment and potential.
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not applicable
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
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.
On successful completion of the foundation year you could progress onto a range of degree courses in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, computing and healthcare. 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.
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 looking to:
- 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