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Science with Foundation Year

Entry requirements


A level

D,E,E

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 56 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent. 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.

58 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 32

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English, Mathematics and Science/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science.

56 Tariff points to include 2 Higher Level subjects.

56 Tariff points to include 2 Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MPP

56 Tariff points, to include 2 Advanced Highers

T Level

P

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Not Acceptable // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Pass (D or E in the core) // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

56

56 points.

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

General science

Do you see yourself conducting lab experiments and researching cutting-edge scientific theories? Perhaps you want to help athletes break new records, uncover new ways to protect endangered species, or fight diseases.

There’s more than one route to becoming a scientist. If you don’t have the grades for our other science degrees, this BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year course is the best place to start. After you’re up to speed, you can choose which science degree to carry on after your Foundation year. If you have the required grades, you can skip the Foundation year and start at year 1.

You’ll study biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise science, and health sciences. And develop skills you’ll use throughout your career, from technology to numeracy.

You’ll work in our fully equipped labs, find out how to conduct field work, and be taught by lecturers with experience in industry and research. You’ll also see equipment in action and learn how to write up your work. You can also gain valuable work experience on a one-year placement.

If you want to be a professional scientist, this science degree could be your launchpad.

**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

**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.

Modules

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.

Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

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.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Assessment methods

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.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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55%
UK students
45%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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E
E

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