Foundation Year Science
The Foundation Year provides an introduction to biology, chemistry and mathematics and provides the skills required for an undergraduate degree.
The year will be divided into two semesters where you will learn the fundamentals of chemistry, mathematics and biology. The course is integrated with a 3 or 4- year degree. You will undertake laboratory work and a variety of assignments to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
During your Foundation Year, you will receive full support from subject tutors and feedback to progress your development. You will also develop your transferable and academic skills in our Routes to Success module.
Applications for the Science Foundation Year should be made via UCAS using the code relevant to your chosen discipline:
BSc Biochemistry/Biomedical Sciences/Pharmacology with Foundation Year (CB71)
BSc Biology/Zoology with Foundation Year (C108)
BSc/MChem Chemistry with Foundation Year (F108)
BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science with Foundation Year (F903)
BSc Geology with Foundation Year (F602)
BSc Marine Biology with Foundation Year (F705)
BSc Oceanography with Foundation Year (F701)
For more information, contact the Science Foundation Admissions Team:
Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 7755 or +44 (0)23 8059 5899
The Science Foundation Year is a one-year full-time course integrated with a further three or four-year degree course.
- A route to a degree in a science subject for students without the traditional entry qualifications
- All science subjects at Southampton are highly ranked in the UK league tables
- Choice of 10 undergraduate science disciplines on completion
Typical entry requirements
If you have not taken two science subjects at A-Level as normally required for direct entry, then you will usually need a Foundation Year. Our offer for students who have studied A-Levels is typically BBB. You will need an aptitude for science, which may be demonstrated by recent study (along with good GCSE grades in science and maths).
A typical offer if you are taking science subjects at standard level and/or maths at standard level might be 32 points overall with a minimum of 5 in science/maths.
Our offer for students who have studied a BTEC is typically DDD with distinctions in relevant modules.
Mature applicants are especially welcome. We will be looking either for some recent study (e.g. an AS or A-Level, completed OU modules) and for work experience relevant to your preferred subject area. You will need to show an aptitude for mathematics, which may be best demonstrated by our own maths test.
If you have qualifications that are not listed above, your application will be considered on an individual basis.
If you can show a proven ability in science and maths, but you come from a region or country where an A-Level equivalent qualification is not available, you may be considered for the Foundation Year.
On Monday 10th February 2014 the UKVI (also known as UKBA) suspended the consideration of all student visas where the applicant’s English language proficiency was based on the result of a test administered by ETS (the provider of the TOEFL test). As a result, the University regrets that it cannot currently accept TOEFL tests. The University is awaiting further guidance from UKVI regarding the full terms of the suspension.
If English is not your first language, we ask you to obtain a recognised language qualification. If you can demonstrate that you have achieved IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each band, or a recognised equivalent, you will be able to join the course without the need for additional English language classes.
If you have achieved IELTS 5.5 with at least 5.5 in each band, or a recognised equivalent, you can take the Language Pathway option. This gives you the specialist extra language tuition to help you succeed in your degree.
If you have not yet reached IELTS 5.5 but plan to be based in Southampton, you could consider taking a separate preparatory language course.
Average applicants per place: 8
Each application is considered individually. However, whether you are coming directly from full-time education, or from a different background, you need to demonstrate an aptitude for maths and science. This could be through recent qualifications (for example, as a mature student you may have already completed Open University modules), relevant work experience or both.
Typical course content
Whatever degree course you are aiming for, you will take all the modules listed below. All modules are studied for the whole year and are assessed through both coursework and examination. The coursework module integrates elements from the different disciplinary modules and is assessed by a range of approaches. The examinations held in January carry 40% of the marks and those held in June carry 60% of the marks for each disciplinary module.
Learning and assessment
Teaching and learning
Our students acquire knowledge and understanding through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments, coursework and individual and group assignments. You will develop the transferable skills for degree success.
The University has an excellent reputation for research in engineering and science. You will be taught by staff at the cutting edge of their research fields in an environment that promotes and values independent enquiry and helps you to develop these skills for yourselves.
Assessment and examinations
You will be assessed through unseen written exams, short tests, assessed coursework in the form of laboratory log books and reports, problems and other set assignments.
What are my career prospects?
Successfully completing the Foundation Year gives you guaranteed progression to one of our science-based degrees, which offer excellent career prospects.
Graduates who have entered our degrees through the Foundation Year route have progressed to a variety of exciting science and technology roles in the private and public sectors, as well as to self employment and consultancy, both in the UK and overseas.