Lifelong Learning Centre

Studies in Science with Foundation Year BSc

(Full time) 2020 start

Key facts

UCAS code: 6H89

Start date:
September 2020

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 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 your knowledge and understanding of the facts, concepts and principles in chemistry, mathematics and either biology or physics. You’ll also gain skills for academic and scientific enquiry through practical, laboratory and field work.

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 course. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in science, computing, engineering or mathematics. Please note, this course is not a progression route for those interested in studying medicine or healthcare.

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 you work towards a successful progression. At the beginning of your journey your academic goals will be identified and you will be provided with guidance throughout the year to help you achieve them.

Core modules in chemistry, mathematics and skills are taken alongside either biology or physics (depending on your chosen degree course) to develop a knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles within each of the scientific disciplines. You’ll also gain skills for academic and scientific enquiry in practical, laboratory and field work.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting any progression requirements, you’ll progress to year one of your chosen degree course.

Course structure

Details of typical modules/components for our courses will now be published after July 1st (instead of May 1st), due to current limitations as a result of covid-19. These details may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year on helping you to achieve to your full potential. Teaching is intellectually challenging and supportive. Group sizes are small enabling you to engage actively and be well supported by your peers.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


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 above, 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: GCSE English and science at grade C/4 or above and GCSE mathematics at 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 with 45 graded credits at Level 3, with the majority of credits at 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.

Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions team. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to a half day selection day. This will include a 30 minute maths exam and an interview.

If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2021


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: To be confirmed

Undergraduate tuition fees for 2020 entry 
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2020, the fee for 2020/21 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK and non-UK EU undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2020/21 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course.

UK undergraduate tuition fees for 2021 entry 
For UK full-time students starting in 2021, the fee for 2021/22 will be £9,250.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by Government and may vary if policy changes.

EU students starting in 2021/22 
EU students starting their course in the 2021/22 academic year or later will now be classed as international students and so will need to pay the international student tuition fee.

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 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.

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 on the University’s Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions