Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)


If you've got the ambition to be a scientist, but don't have the grades or qualifications you need for a Bachelor's science degree, then this BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year course is the best place to start.

In your science foundation year, you'll study a variety of scientific disciplines, and get the skills and knowledge you need to take on a full science degree in year 2.

You'll learn about biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise and health sciences so you can decide what science degree you want to pursue after your foundation year in science.

You'll get your hands on world-class scientific equipment, and conduct studies and research in our laboratory facilities.

If you want to be a professional scientist, this degree with science foundation year could be your launchpad. Whether you dream of researching the next advance in medicine, see yourself helping elite athletes reach their peak, or want to work towards tackling some of our planet's greatest challenges, start your science journey on this course.

What you'll experience

On this Science with Foundation Year degree course you'll:

  • Do a foundation year, covering biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise and health sciences
  • Have the flexibility to choose what science-related degree you want to study from year 2 onwards
  • Get knowledge of many different scientific principles and practices and build the relevant skills and understanding to use them
  • Study alongside students from other scientific interests and backgrounds
  • Brush up on your study skills and learn how to meet the demands of taking on a degree at University
  • Get valuable transferable skills in numeracy, IT, communication, research, teamwork, and planning
  • Learn from staff and lecturers with industry and research knowledge
  • Have the opportunity to learn from visiting guest lecturers and experts

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study 

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. In year 1, each module is worth 20 credits.

Modules currently being studied

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

  • Study Skills for University
  • Introduction to the Natural World
  • Numeric and IT Skills for Scientists
  • Introduction to the HumanWorld
  • Foundation Research Project
  • Introduction to the Biological World

Years 2, 3 and 4

The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 (and year 5 if you do a placement year or choose an integrated Master's degree) will depend on which science degree you choose at the end of year 1.

Placement year

On this course, you could do an optional work placement year between your 3rd and 4th years. This allows you get valuable experience working in the industry relevant to your chosen science degree.

For example, Environmental Science students have taken placements at organisations including Mott MacDonald and Enitial and Sport and Exercise Science students have completed placements with Portsmouth FC, England Volleyball and the Hampshire Football Association.

Whatever science degree you choose, we’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.


Teaching methods on this science foundation course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory classes
  • tutorials
  • workshops

You'll be taught by experts that have both industry and research experience across many scientific disciplines.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • laboratory work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

There's never been a better time to become a scientist. Science and technology are key areas of the UK economy and likely to be even more important in the future as low-skilled jobs decline. There's a shortage of science graduates across various fields, and many sectors are struggling to recruit professionals.

Whatever area of science you're interested in, your science foundation year will prepare you to take on a degree and career in the discipline of your choice. You could also go onto further study after you complete your degree.

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you leave the university.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

32-48 points to include 1 A level, or equivalent, in a Mathematics, Science or Technology subject. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered.

Certain pathways will require an interview before you can progress. Students who wish to progress to health related studies should be aware that progression will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

English language requirements

If you have not studied English at GCSE or equivalent standard you will need to have the following IELTS qualification (or equivalent) to progress to the following courses.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5 (Most BSc, BEng or BA courses)
  • English Language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 (MPharm)
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5. (Most courses in health sciences and dentistry) 

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