Programme Content

The one-year full-time course is structured around two semesters, each approximately 12 weeks long, starting in September. The Foundation Year aims to prepare you for degree study and during the year you will improve your English through 90 credits (900 hours of learning) of compulsory modules.

Programme Specifications:

These tell you about the overall aims and regulations for your programme. The Foundation Year (Science) programme is integrated with a 3- or 4-year undergraduate degree programme. Whatever degree course you are aiming for, you will take all the modules listed below. The modules are studied throughout the year and are assessed through both coursework and examination. For each module the coursework carries 40% of the marks. The number of pieces and type of coursework will vary for each modules. All modules carry equal weighting

Module specifications

The module specifications tell you about the aims and content of each module you will study. Further information about the Science Foundation Year modules can be found on our Faculty pages here.


You will be assessed through a combination of unseen written examinations and coursework. Coursework includes computing assignments, laboratory reports, presentations, example problems etc. You will find out more about assessment in the Routes To Success programme specification.

Learning and Teaching Methods

You will learn from a mixture of lectures, small group teaching, laboratory sessions, tutorials, coursework assignments and private study. You will develop your ability to study independently using a range of different resources including lecture notes, problem sheets, practical sessions, text books, web resources and feedback from submitted work.

Enquiry Form for Prospective Students

Enquiry form for prospective international students
Preparing for academic study in English

Preparing for academic study in English

All modules are studied for the whole year and are assessed through both coursework and examination.

The Science Foundation year was a great experience!

Studying in second language has been a big challenge. But help was always available. Now I'm on my degree I am finding the chemistry, biology and mathematics really helpful. The SFY gave me really good basic knowledge. The laboratory practicals were well organised.

A lot of effort needs to be put into study as the SFY was intensive. Coursework was set on regular basis but this builds good time management, which is essential on my degree!

This was also great experience of meeting very nice people from Brazil to Japan. I have found friendships that I know are going to last for many years. Despite wherever you are from, you are welcome here and you will feel comfortable after this experience.

Dominika Murienova, Science Foundation Year 2012

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