University of Southampton

Degree level: Undergraduate

Biology/Ecology/Zoology with Foundation Year

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Course summary

Our foundation year offers you a rapid introduction to biology, chemistry and mathematics, equipping you with the knowledge, skills and attributes that are needed to go on and successfully meet the challenges of your chosen undergraduate degree. You will develop your understanding of the principles on which the sciences are based, and the mathematics underpinning the core science disciplines, which will enable you to apply scientific principles to solve problems. You will also undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem solving. You may also be interested in a foundation degree, if you are a mature applicant, with skills and experience from employment and can show recent study.

Course details


Whatever degree course you are aiming for, you will take all the modules listed below. All modules are studied for the whole year. The coursework module integrates elements from the different disciplinary modules and is assessed by a range of approaches. Modules: GSCI0008 Fundamentals of Biology GSCI0009 Fundamentals of Chemistry GSCI0011 Laboratories and Coursework GSCI0010 Mathematics for Scientists GENG0014 Routes to Success Students with an IELTS of 5.5 or 6.0 who already have the Mathematics required for their destination degree programme, will be required to follow the Language Pathway and will take GENG0016 English for Engineers and Scientists. For more information, visit the course page.

Assessment method

You will be assessed through unseen written exams, short tests, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory log books and reports, problems and other set assignments.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4). English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage. AQA Tech Levels: The University accepts the new AQA Tech Level qualification, which must be offered in combination with at least one A Level. For degrees in Engineering, Computing and related subjects, the A Level must be in Mathematics and the units M1 and M2 must be taken. Typical entry criteria for degrees in Engineering will be to achieve an A in the A Level plus D*D in the Tech Level, or A* in the A Level plus DD in the Tech Level. For Computer Science and Information and Technology in Organisations, typical offers will be to achieve an A in the A Level and DD in the Tech Level. We are committed to ensuring that all learners with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a learner’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5with no component below 5.5

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £18852 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates :
Biology/Ecology/Zoology with Foundation Year at University of Southampton - UCAS