Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) with Foundation Year BSc, 4-5 years

Start date:

2019
2020

If you would love to study Natural Sciences here at Leicester, but your A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria, or you don’t quite have the entry requirements to get in, this degree is your bridge to making it happen.

Typical offer
BCC
UCAS code
FCC9

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
mbspadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
Dr Sarah Gretton
+44 (0)116 252 2534
sng8@le.ac.uk

Natural Sciences website

Course description

Course description

This Foundation Year programme is aimed at students who wish to study Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) at the University of Leicester, whose A-level subjects don’t match our entry criteria or who don’t have the necessary entry requirements

Completion of the integrated Foundation Year at the level required will enable you to progress onto the first year of the BSc in Natural Sciences.

You will be taught by expert academic staff from across the life and physical sciences.

The course strongly emphasises the development of the study skills that will be necessary for success in your undergraduate studies and beyond. These study skills will be integrated within the course material and take advantage of innovative learning technologies.

  • By completing the Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree. 
  • The course does not require a maths test for entry, but it will cover the A-level maths syllabus and understanding of this will be measured before you progress. 
  • The course strongly emphasises the development of essential professional and personal skills, which are necessary throughout your studies and beyond. 
  • During your Foundation Year you will join our student community and be able to enjoy all aspects of the University of Leicester student experience. You will be able to join the Students’ Union, use our academic and leisure facilities, live in our accommodation and access all our support services. 
  • You will have a personal tutor to support you. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BCC (including two science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Maths, Further Maths and Physics. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General studies accepted)
  • GCSE: Maths grade B/5

We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact mbspadmissions@le.ac.uk to find out more.

NB. This course is only open to applicants from the UK and other EU countries.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2019

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

This course is only open to applicants from the UK and other EU countries.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our BSc in Natural Sciences focuses on developing key scientific skills in the following areas: computing, numeracy, core laboratory techniques, data and statistical analysis, science communication, and the ability to work successfully in a team. These skills are highly sought after by employers and, in combination with detailed interdisciplinary science knowledge, will provide you with excellent prospects in areas such as industrial research, finance, scientific communication, the Civil Service and teaching.

Our skills modules provide specialist guidance on searching and applying for jobs, and preparing CVs and job applications. Additionally, your personal tutor can give you feedback on draft application forms and CVs.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 1

Year 1

The interdisciplinary nature of the course begins in year 1, where you will cover a range of topics, as well as the role of science in ensuring a sustainable society. You will be introduced to key laboratory, computing and research-based problem solving skills.

Modules

This is the same as Year 1 of the MSci.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

In addition to continuing your studies into fundamental scientific concepts and key scientific skills in the Natural Sciences core modules, the second year provides you with the opportunity to concentrate on one of the following specialisms:

  • Chemical Science
  • Molecular and Cellular Science
  • Physical Science
  • Ecological and Zoological Science

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one pair of specialised modules:

Chemical Science

Molecular and Cellular Science

Organismal Science

Physical Science

This is the same as Year 2 of the MSci.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

Year Abroad or Year in Industry (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions or working on an industrial placement. Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad or on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Year Abroad

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Global Opportunities team.

The School of Biological Sciences at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme. 

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships.

Year in Industry

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of laboratory work - and will normally be a paid position, more than offsetting the additional cost of the extra year.

Industrial placements are limited and are awarded through a competitive selection process, based on your performance in your first year. Previous students on similar courses have worked for pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca, Oxford Biomedica and GlaxoSmithKline, and in research institutions such as the Animal Health Institute and Kew Gardens.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In addition to core and specialised modules which continue to develop depth across the scientific disciplines, this year includes an individual research project and the opportunity to critique, author and review papers.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one pair of specialised modules:

Chemical Science

Molecular and Cellular Science

Organismal Science

Physical Science

Plus your Research Project 3

This is the same as Year 3/4 of the MSci.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and learning

The Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) degrees delivered at University of Leicester offer a pioneering approach to Natural Sciences – truly integrated, research-led courses. The  modules are multidisciplinary in content and are taught through a research-based learning approach.

In addition to lectures, class teaching takes many forms: seminars, workshops, laboratory practicals and small group tutorials, all designed to support your individual development as a scientist. Your lecturers will be leading researchers from the School of Chemistry, the School of Physics and Astronomy, and the School of Biological Sciences.

Your development as a researcher culminates in your third year project, a substantial piece of individual research under the guidance of an academic researcher. In the Interdisciplinary Research Journal module, you will participate in a weekly discussion of the current research literature and contribute short papers to our own Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics.

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