University of Leeds

Degree level: Undergraduate

Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year

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Course summary

If you’d like to study science, computing, engineering, earth sciences, healthcare, or mathematics but don’t currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry, then this extended degree is for you (subject to meeting our additional entry criteria). The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed as a STEM undergraduate. You'll develop your understanding of the facts, concepts, and principles in mathematics, chemistry, and either biology, physics, or geological sciences. You'll also gain skills for academic and scientific enquiry through practical laboratory work and fieldwork. 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, engineering, mathematics, computing, or healthcare. The foundation year course is designed specifically for students from a widening participation background and therefore does not accept students with previous higher education experience, including other foundation years. The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. The Lifelong Learning Centre provides a supportive environment to help you make the transition to degree-level study. We’ll work with you during your foundation year to provide guidance and help to identify the degree pathway most appropriate for you.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English, mathematics and science, or equivalent. Applicants interested in progressing to all mathematics, physics, engineering or healthcare degrees should see the website for more details of entry requirements. Applicants must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following additional entry criteria: * Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education. * You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*-C passes at GCSE. * You grew up in public care. We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications. Please mention on your personal statement the area you want to progress to.

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