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Course summary

Overview There’s more than one route to becoming a scientist. If you don’t have the grades for our other science degrees, this BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year course is the best place to start. Once you’re up to speed, you can choose which science degree to move on to after your Foundation year. You’ll study biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise science, and health sciences. And develop skills you’ll use throughout your career, from technology to numeracy. If you want to be a professional scientist, this science foundation degree could be your launchpad.

  • Gain knowledge of many different scientific principles and practices, and build the skills and understanding to use them
  • Get hands-on in our labs, assessing the physical effects of polar conditions in our extreme environments lab, working with medical manikins in our healthcare simulation suite, and monitoring ecosystems in our shoreside marine station
  • Study alongside students from other scientific interests and backgrounds, and be taught by academics and guest lecturers with experience in industry and research
  • Learn how to meet the demands of taking on a science degree at university – including how to conduct field work and write up your findings
Quick guide to foundation year courses A foundation year course allows you to:
  • Explore your options before choosing your Bachelor's degree course
  • Experience university life and get a taste for the way you'll be taught
  • Develop the study skills and knowledge you'll need to succeed in your chosen Bachelor's degree
Careers and opportunities Do you see yourself conducting lab experiments and researching cutting-edge scientific theories? Perhaps you want to help athletes break new records, uncover new ways to protect endangered species, or fight diseases. Whatever area of science you're interested in, there's never been a better time to become a scientist. Science and technology are key areas of the UK economy and likely to be even more important in the future as low-skilled jobs decline. There's a shortage of science graduates across various fields, and many sectors are struggling to recruit professionals. This science foundation year, and the Bachelor's degree you move on to, will prepare you for a scientific career that makes a real difference. You'll have the flexibility to choose what science-related degree you want to study from year 2 onwards, and you'll get ongoing careers support from our Careers and Employability Service for up to 5 years after you graduate from your full degree. Placement year opportunities Once you've completed your foundation year and moved on to your full Bachelor's degree, you'll have the chance to do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry. Taking a placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation. For example, Environmental Science students have taken placements at organisations including Mott MacDonald and Enitial, and Sport and Exercise Science students have completed placements with Portsmouth FC, England Volleyball and the Hampshire Football Association. We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.


Year 1 Core modules in this year include: Foundation Research Project – 20 credits Introduction to the Biological World – 20 credits Introduction to the Human World – 20 credits Introduction to the Natural World – 20 credits Numeric and IT Skills for Scientists – 20 credits Study Skills for University – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Years 2,3 and 4 The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 (and year 5 if you do a placement year or choose an integrated Master's degree) will depend on which science degree you choose at the end of year 1. Placement year The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 (and year 5 if you do a placement year or choose an integrated Master's degree) will depend on which science degree you choose at the end of year 1. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • laboratory work
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

This course is available to UK applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £19200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Placement Year and Year abroad: UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £1,385 EU – £1,385 (including Transition Scholarship)| International (Non-EU) – £2,875. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Science with Foundation Year at University of Portsmouth - UCAS