The Foundation Year is the preliminary year of a four- or five-year programme. By applying for this course you are expressing an interest in pursuing one of the following science subjects:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Environmental Science
- Marine Biology
Successful completion of our Foundation Year will guarantee you a place on one of our science programmes.
View the programme specification document for this course
Applications for the Science Foundation Year should be made via UCAS using the code relevant to your chosen discipline:
Biological Sciences courses:
BSc Biochemistry/Biomedical Sciences/Pharmacology with Foundation Year (CB71)
BSc Biology/Zoology with Foundation Year (C108)
BSc/MChem Chemistry with Foundation Year (F108)
Environmental Science courses:
BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Sciences with Foundation Year (F903)
Ocean and Earth Science courses:
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 majority of our degree courses carry professional accreditation.
A route to a degree in a science subject for students without the traditional entry qualifications
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).
|International Baccalaureate||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.
For details of our English Language entry requirements please see here
- 38 (overall intake for Science Foundation)
- Average applications per place:
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.
The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students flagged in this way will be given additional consideration and not be rejected solely on the basis of their predicted (or actual) grades.
Please see our contextual admissions pages for more information.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
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.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).