University of Reading has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Our Science Foundation Programmes aim to provide a thorough foundation in science and general key skills to prepare you to join one of our established undergraduate courses from two Schools within the University. This is an excellent route to a science degree if you do not have the typical entry qualifications, for example, if you are studying for A levels in subjects that are different from those usually required for our science courses. The Science Foundation Year offers a direct pathway to a variety of courses within a fully integrated programme. You will be taught by staff from the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy through a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops. You will be able to access our full range of facilities and support throughout the programme. The skills you’ll learn in the Science Foundation Year will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate course, with basic principles and concepts in biology and chemistry, problem-solving skills, underpinning skills in mathematics, and the ability to work in an academic environment as an individual and in a team. You are guaranteed a place on your chosen undergraduate course upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year to a satisfactory level, and will receive the same options as those who join the University directly as an undergraduate. These options include a year in industry and integrated master’s programmes. Students who wish to leave after the Science Foundation Year will be offered a foundation degree. Find out more about what the BSc Biological Sciences degree course includes at http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/biological-sciences-ug/bsc-biological-sciences-with-foundation.aspx
Biology Chemistry Scientific calculations Key skills and scientific concepts
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||CCD - BBB||Students taking Science subjects at A Level are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Students taking Science subjects are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 0 credits M: 45 credits P: 0 credits||Students taking Science subjects are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.|
|Scottish Higher||BBBCC - ABBBB||Students taking Science subjects are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||30 - 24 points|
|Extended Project||B||In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer. Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).|
Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. DDD - BCC.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.|
|Cambridge English Advanced||B||We require a grade B or 193 overall.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C||We require a grade C or 200 overall.|
|PTE Academic||64||We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Institution's Own Test||Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).|
|Trinity ISE||Merit||We require a Merit in each element from ISE II. If you take ISE III or ISE IV, we require a Pass in each element.|
Full list of acceptable English Language Tests
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|