Lifelong Learning Centre

Studies in Science

A student in a lab

If you would like to pursue your interest in Science at university, but have not studied Science subjects at A Level then this one year conversion programme is for you.

The one year BSc Studies in Science course is designed to prepare students without a Science background at A Level for study on a University of Leeds degree in Science or Engineering.

The course is taught entirely at Leeds and on successful completion of the foundation year you will transfer to level 1 of a degree programme. The foundation year will give you the opportunity to gain a firm grounding in the core modules of mathematics and academic/scientific skills with further focus on two of biology, chemistry or physics. There is a strong emphasis on helping you to develop skills for success; concentrating on developing your background knowledge of science and honing your scientific skills.

As a student at the University of Leeds you would benefit from the high academic standards and facilities and wide-ranging opportunities you would expect from a prestigious Russell Group university in a vibrant and student-friendly city.

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 there will be support to help you to use your time at university to maximise your opportunities for career development.


Depending on where your academic strengths lie, on successful completion of the foundation year you may progress to a range of degrees including Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Science, Food Science and Nutrition, Physics or Psychology. Please note this course is not suitable if you are interested in studying Medicine or Healthcare.

The programme is taught entirely at the University of Leeds. You will study with the Lifelong Learning Centre for one year and on successful completion, students will transfer to the degree subject of their choice at level 1. At this stage you will move to become a student of that academic teaching department, although you can still access support available from the Lifelong Learning Centre should you wish to do so.


Applications should be made via UCAS (UCAS code 6H89). Please use your personal statement to outline your experience of learning and your ambitions for further study. Applicants who meet the initial criteria will be asked to complete a secondary application from which shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection day and interview to assess commitment and potential.

Entry criteria for 2014

  • ABB at A level or equivalent in non-Science subjects


  • A good GCSE profile including Maths, English and Science passes at grade C or above.