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Course summary

Overview How can we change our behaviour to reduce the effects of climate change? What controls the Earth’s natural systems? What might our landscape look like in the future? How do I write a good science report? Prepare to explore it all! By taking your Foundation Year with us, you’ll gain the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare you well for undergraduate-level study, all within a nurturing, supportive environment. You then progress to study your chosen degree in the School of Environmental Sciences, taught be lecturers who are world leading in environmental sciences subjects from climate change to oceans to volcanoes. Whether you’re a mature student looking for a new career, a student who is wishing to strengthen their qualifications and learning to qualify for entry onto a degree, our Foundation Year is a great route onto our BSc, BA or MSci courses. About This Course In your Foundation Year, you may choose to study the physical, chemical, and biological surroundings, or opt for more social science-based modules. You’ll retain this flexibility to shape your degree to your interests in your degree studies too. In this foundation year, you’ll discover how natural systems of the environment are interlinked, and the effects of human influence on them as you learn and debate issues such as:

  • What happens in the wide range of natural systems that occur on Earth?
  • What are the greatest challenges for managing the effects of climate change?
  • What is the latest research into understanding the changes in our environment?
In addition to exploring these big questions, you’ll gain essential academic skills that you’ll apply throughout your degree. Once you have successfully completed your foundation year, you are guaranteed to transfer to the BSc Environmental Science. But we believe our students should have flexibility to shape their studies to their evolving skills and strengths, thus our foundation year students have the option to transfer onto any degree in the School depending on the optional modules selected and grades achieved. Depending on the optional foundation year modules you’ve chosen, your grades and your preferences, you could instead transfer to a different BSc/BA/MSci course in the School of Environmental Science. When selecting the course you wish to transfer to after completing your foundation year, you have the option to choose a degree with a Placement Year or Year Abroad, this would give a total of 5 years of study, and we advise a student to inform their funding body of the additional year of study prior to the Year Abroad or on a Placement. Progression is subject to year-to-year grade thresholds. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:


During your foundation year, you will take compulsory modules and optional modules to ensure you can progress onto a range of Environmental Sciences degrees. You will take modules such as in Mathematics and Environmental Sciences and also have the option of taking Introductory Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in each component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS