This extended degree is a science conversion course designed for high-achieving students who wish to progress to a degree in a scientific discipline but have not taken the prerequisite science and mathematics subjects at A-level. During the foundation year, you'll receive an intensive introduction to the academic skills that are necessary for success as a science undergraduate. You'll 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, and subject to meeting the specific requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course including, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, food science and nutrition or psychology. Please note, this course is not a progression route for those interested in studying medicine or healthcare.
Additional supportThe foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre, providing advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
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, and any other progression requirements, you’ll progress to year one of your chosen degree programme.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|LLLC0175||Transition to Scientific Study||15|
|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: ABB or equivalent, excluding critical thinking and general studies.
To be considered for admissions to this extended degree, the subject range of these qualifications must not match that required by the discipline you wish to study at degree level.
GCSE: GCSE English and Science grade C/4 or above and GCSE Maths grade B/6 or above, or equivalent
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 with an overall Distinction and no credits below Merit.
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
M1, M1, M1
34 overall (16 higher)
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB at Advanced Highers (A.H.) and AABBB in Highers - or - B in A.H. and AAABB in Highers - or - AABBBB in Highers.
Accepted, with 2 A-levels
Candidates who are suitable for the course will be invited to a selection day. Here they will have an interview and sit a 30 minute maths exam.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
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.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection day to assess your commitment and potential.
UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 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% in 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 the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
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 you already hold. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Additional cost information
Up to £10 to support scientific research project costs in the skills module.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
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.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you will progress onto year one of your chosen degree courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, food science and nutrition, physics or psychology. For more information about specific career opportunities please check the degree course you wish to progress to.
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 University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students:
- 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