Lifelong Learning Centre

BSc Studies in Science

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If you would like to pursue your interest in science, technology, engineering or maths at university but have not studied the right subjects at A level then this extended degree programme is for you.

Key Information

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Course duration:
4 years

Full or part-time:


Where to apply:
Apply via UCAS

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

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Do you have a desire to further your understanding of the scientific world and the application of this scientific knowledge in our daily lives? But, perhaps didn’t study any science A-levels and cannot gain entry onto a science degree programme. The BSc Studies in Science has been specifically designed for students who do not meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to our undergraduate programmes. The foundation year acts as a science conversion course and is designed to provide you with intensive preparatory study in preparation for progression onto a STEM degree programme at the University of Leeds.

In the foundation year of this extended degree programme you will convert your current level of learning and developing towards become an undergraduate student studying the sciences here at the University of Leeds. Throughout the year you will bring together and further develop a portfolio of academic and scientific study skills. As a student you will be keen and motivated to study across multiple scientific areas, such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. If you successfully complete the year you could progress onto a degree programme in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, or Computer Science at the University of Leeds.

From the beginning of your journey on the Studies in Science Programme you will be provided with a high level of support from your tutors, your Personal Tutor who you will meet with at least 3 times in the year, other specialists to help with your studies across our Academic Skills team, and Programme Leaders.

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 along the year to help you be as successful as you can be.

During your year of study on the Studies in Science programme, you will get to know the University of Leeds first hand as you will have access to all of the offerings across the University just like students on a degree course. As such you will be more familiar with the campus and its buildings, how to manage the supportive VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) system used by tutors, awareness of the vast 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 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 LeedsforLife 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 of how to successfully approach your studies on a university degree programme.