University of Southampton

Geology with Foundation Year University of Southampton Degree level: Undergraduate

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Our one-year full-time course is integrated with a further three-year undergraduate degree, and will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to successfully meet the challenges of our BSc Geology programme. In this preliminary year of study you will learn the core principles of mathematics, mechanical science, engineering principles and electricity and electronics. You will also undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem solving.

This programme may suit you if you are studying for A levels in subjects different from those normally required for these degrees. It may also interest you if you are a mature applicant, with skills and experience from employment and can show recent study, or if you come from a part of the world where the education system is different from the British A level system.

Course details

Modules

Fundamentals of Biology; Fundamentals of Chemistry; Laboratories and Coursework; Mathematics for Scientists; Routes to Success

Assessment method

We use a wide variety of assessment processes to encourage and test for learning. The final assessments are accomplished through coursework assignments and formal examinations. During the year there are plenty of opportunities for you to check your progress and improve your performance through oral feedback on your work at workshops and through in-class tests.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F602
Institution code S27
Campus name Main Site - Highfield Campus
Campus code -

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

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB BBB at A level to include no more than one science subject relevant to your application.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD to include at least Merit in all modules.
Access to HE Diploma D: 45 credits 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 of which 45 credits must be at Distinction. A core science Access to HE Diploma must be studied.
Scottish Higher Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.
AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) Not accepted
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) DDD Distinction in all modules
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) D*D* D*D*+B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) DD DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
AS The University of Southampton recognises the educational value of taking AS Levels alongside three A Levels and the breadth of studying additional subjects. However, all of our programmes express their entry criteria in terms of three subjects offered at A Level with selection decisions being informed, in part, by actual or predicted grades in those subjects (excluding General Studies, Use of Maths and Critical Thinking).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal M2, M2, M2 M2, M2, M2 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology and Geography.
Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of grade B.
City & Guilds Certificate in Using and Applying Mathematics (Core Maths) Not accepted
Extended Project Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 The University of Southampton requires all applicants to achieve at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics GCSEs (taken in England) or a Grade C in both subjects (where taken in Northern Ireland or Wales).
HNC (BTEC) Not accepted
HND (BTEC) Not accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 points including 5 in Standard Level Mathematics or Science. No more than one higher level Science/Maths subject permitted.

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP):
The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered.

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 to include no more than one science subject from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Geography and Geology.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DDD Distinctions in all mathematics and science modules
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D* D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma D*D* D*D* + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Problem Solving (MEI) (Core Maths) Not accepted
OCR Certificate in Quantitative Reasoning (MEI) (Core Maths) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) DDD including at least Distinctions in all modules.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD DD + B at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D D + BB at A-Level (or equivalent), to include no more than one relevant science subject.
Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Mathematics in Context (Core Maths) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Applicants are also required to have achieved a pass in Maths and English at Standard Grade Grade 3 or National 5 Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/Grade 4.
Scottish HNC Not accepted
Scottish HND Not accepted
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) B BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels, to include no more than one relevant science subject.
WJEC Eduqas Certificate in Mathematics for Work and Life (Core Maths) Not accepted

Applicants must hold GCSE English Language (or GCSE English), Mathematics and Science (minimum grade C/4).

Contextual admissions: The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. For more information on the University of Southampton’s Contextual Admissions Policy, please see our contextual admissions webpage.
English Language proficiency for international students: All programmes at the University of Southampton are taught and assessed in the medium of English (other than those in modern foreign languages). Therefore, all applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. For more information on the University of Southampton’s English Language entry requirements, please see the English Language Proficiency webpage.
AQA Tech Levels: The University accepts the new AQA Tech Level qualification, which must be offered in combination with at least one A Level. For degrees in Engineering, Computing and related subjects, the A Level must be in Mathematics and the units M1 and M2 must be taken. Typical entry criteria for degrees in Engineering will be to achieve an A in the A Level plus D*D in the Tech Level, or A* in the A Level plus DD in the Tech Level. For Computer Science and Information and Technology in Organisations, typical offers will be to achieve an A in the A Level and DD in the Tech Level.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/foundation-years/science.page#entry_requirements

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with no component below 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £18,852 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that the Fees shown are those charged for entry in September 2020. Fees for entry in September 2021 will be available at the end of August 2020. Please see our website for further details and updates : www.southampton.ac.uk/uni-life/fees-funding.page

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