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Biological Sciences with Foundation University of Reading Degree level: Undergraduate

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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

Course details

Modules

Biology
Chemistry
Scientific calculations
Key skills and scientific concepts


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 C102
Institution code R12
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

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 - CCD 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 ABBBB - BBBCC Students taking Science subjects are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.
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).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 30 - 24 points Students taking Science subjects are encouraged to consider entry to the BSc without Foundation option.

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

https://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/biological-sciences-ug/bsc-biochemistry-with-foundation.aspx

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B We require a grade B or 193 overall.
Cambridge English Proficiency C We require a grade C or 200 overall.
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).
Institution's Own Test 6.5 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).
PTE Academic 64.0 We require a minimum score of 64 overall with at least 51 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 We require a minimum score of 88 overall with no less than 17 in Listening and Writing, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
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

http://www.reading.ac.uk/ad-EnglishTests.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,815 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

Any decision on raising tuition fees for new UK/EU students starting in September 2019 would require the approval of both Houses of Parliament before it enters law. Currently, we do not expect an increase to occur, but will contact you if there is any change.

Provider information

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PO Box 217
Reading
RG6 6AH


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