Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

Course summary

Overview How can we effectively address sustainability issues? What are the best options for a low carbon world? How is climate change affecting our natural world and how can we manage the effects? How can I contribute to a better future as a successful graduate? By taking your Foundation Year with us, you’ll gain the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare you well for our degree courses that address these sorts of questions and more. You’ll have the opportunity to tailor your Foundation Year to your interests then transfer to ANY degree* in the School of Environmental Sciences, and enjoy learning from lecturers passionate about their subjects and supportive of students. We would welcome you as a mature student looking for a new career, or a student wishing to strengthen your qualifications, or change because you wish to change your direction of study. Whatever your background, the foundation year provides the perfect route. *Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Geology with Geography, Geophysics, BA Geography and the four-year variants (Year out and MSci), with pre-requisite foundation year modules and grades. About This Course IIn your Foundation Year, you may choose to study the physical, chemical, and biological surroundings, or opt for more human geography modules. You’ll retain this flexibility to shape your interests through 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 achieving a sustainable environment?
  • What is the latest research into understanding the changes in our environment and how to manage these?
  • In addition to exploring these questions, you’ll gain essential academic skills needed 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 interests, thus our foundation year students have the option to transfer onto any degree in the school (Geography BA or BSc, Marine Science, Geology with Geography, Geophysics), depending on the optional modules selected and grades achieved. The choice of degree courses includes the four-year variants with the third year on Placement with an organization, or a Year Abroad at another university. 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: www.uea.ac.uk


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.

How to apply

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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. We welcome a wide range of qualifications and combinations of qualifications - for further information please visit our website www.uea.ac.uk

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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: https://www.uea.ac.uk/apply/our-admissions-policy/english-language-equivalencies

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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

Additional fee information

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