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

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer

Clearing grades - CDD
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UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code F994

Institute code L34

Admissions enquiries
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Course enquiries
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Natural Sciences website

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.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Our integrated Science, Technology and Engineering (STEM) Foundation Year degrees are aimed at students who wish to study a STEM subject, such as physics, but don't have the traditional entry requirements.

The course is run on the University of Leicester campus like any other, and you will be studying alongside other students who applied for, and slightly missed out on, a place on a course similar to yours. In the first year of this course you will all be working towards passing a foundation year (year 0), which will enable automatic progression onto year 1 of any of our BSc (or MSci) Natural Sciences courses.

  • By completing the Foundation Year you will automatically progress onto the first year of your chosen degree. 
  • 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. 

Download a prospectus (PDF, 6MB)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: BCC or points equivalent from your best three A-levels. Must include two science subjects from: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Geography, Geology, Maths, Further Maths, Physics, and Statistics.
  • GCSE: Grades B/5 in Maths (if no A-level Maths) and C/4 in English.
  • BTEC Diploma: DDM in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass diploma with 26 points minimum, and must include appropriate maths and science content.
  • Access to HE: Pass diploma with 24 Distinctions in a science related subject, which must include appropriate maths and science content. You may be required to take an additional maths assessment test.

We welcome applicants with other qualifications. Please contact seadmissions@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.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

  • £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

"I can't credit Natural Sciences enough for where I am now in my career; not only did it give me the knowledge to progress to study an MSc, it provided me with invaluable skills in problem solving, working with people and time management skills I use every single day in my professional life"
Siobhan, Forensic Scientist for the Metropolitan Police - graduated in 2015

Over the last decade graduates from our Natural Sciences courses have gone on to work in a wide range of sectors and industries including

  • Forensic science
  • Medicine
  • Academic research
  • Data analytics/management
  • Consultancy
  • Teaching
  • Scientific support (sales, recruitment, conference planning, technical support)
  • The Civil Service
  • Science communication (museum, broadcasting and publishing sectors)
  • Engineering
  • IT project management
  • Sustainability
  • The NHS (testing, clinical trials)

Career Development Service

Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Natural Sciences (Life and Physical Sciences) degrees include learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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:

  • Chemistry
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Ecological and Zoological Science
  • Physics

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one pair of specialised modules:

Chemistry

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ecological and Zoological Science

Physics

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:

Chemistry

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Ecological and Zoological Science

Physics

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.

Why Leicester?

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 Schools of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Biological Sciences.

Independent learning

In addition to attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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