Lifelong Learning Centre

Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc

(Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: 6H89

Start date:
September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-Level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)
Full entry requirements

UK fees: See fees section below
Financial Support Available
Additional Cost Information

Work Placement: No

This course is available to UK residents only

Contact us

LLC Foundation Year Science Admissions

0113 343 3212


This extended degree is a science conversion programme 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.The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study in the sciences and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.

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 courses. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, food science and nutrition or psychology. This course is not a progression route for those interested in studying medicine, dentistry or healthcare.

Lifelong Learning Centre support

The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. You’ll benefit from our student support service which offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.

Is this course for me?

Studies in Science BSc is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical science and mathematics 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 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 Learning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study

Course content

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.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0175Transition to Scientific Study15


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC0125Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)15
LLLC0126Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20
LLLC0127Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)15
LLLC0128Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20
LLLC0131Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (2)20
LLLC0132Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (1)15
LLLC0133Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (2)20
LLLC0137Environmental Chemistry20
LLLC0141Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (1)15
LLLC0166Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplanary Sciences (1)15
LLLC0167Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20

For more information on typical modules, read Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc in the course catalogue

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

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB or equivalent, excluding critical thinking and general studies.

The subject range must not match that required by the discipline which you wish to study at degree level.

Applicants taking 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: GCSE English and Science grade C/4 or above and GCSE Maths grade B/6 or above, or equivalent

Alternative 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 with an overall Distinction and no credits below Merit.


Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M1

International Baccalaureate

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.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Accepted, with 2 A-levels

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s 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.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £2,100 (total)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

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.

Career opportunities

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you could progress onto a range of degree courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, food science and nutrition, physics or psychology. 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.

Careers support

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
Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions