Science students in a lab. BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year.
UCAS Code
Y100
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years Full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Do you see yourself conducting lab experiments and researching cutting-edge scientific theories? Perhaps you want to help athletes break new records, uncover new ways to protect endangered species, or fight diseases.

There’s more than one route to becoming a scientist. If you don’t have the grades for our other science degrees, this BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year course is the best place to start. After you’re up to speed, you can choose which science degree to carry on after your Foundation year. If you have the required grades, you can skip the Foundation year and start at year 1.

You’ll study biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise science, and health sciences. And develop skills you’ll use throughout your career, from technology to numeracy.

You’ll work in our fully equipped labs, find out how to conduct field work, and be taught by lecturers with experience in industry and research. You’ll also see equipment in action and learn how to write up your work. You can also gain valuable work experience on a one-year placement.

If you want to be a professional scientist, this science degree could be your launchpad.

Entry requirements​

Science with Foundation Year entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – DEE
  • UCAS points – 56 points to include 2 A levels, or equivalent Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – MPP
Selection process
  • Certain pathways will require an interview before you can progress. Students who wish to progress to health related studies should be aware that progression will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – DEE
  • UCAS points – 56 points Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – MPP
Selection process
  • Certain pathways will require an interview before you can progress. Students who wish to progress to health related studies should be aware that progression will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this Science with Foundation Year degree course you'll:

  • Do a foundation year, covering biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise and health sciences
  • Have the flexibility to choose what science-related degree you want to study from year 2 onwards
  • Get knowledge of many different scientific principles and practices and build the relevant skills and understanding to use them
  • Study alongside students from other scientific interests and backgrounds
  • Brush up on your study skills and learn how to meet the demands of taking on a degree at university
  • Get valuable transferable skills in numeracy, IT, communication, research, teamwork, and planning
  • Learn from staff and lecturers with industry and research knowledge
  • Have the opportunity to learn from visiting guest lecturers and experts
Welcome to the Faculty of Science and Health

Explore the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth - where you'll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, psychology, sport and exercise and health sciences on the BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year.

I really liked how I got to experience a lot of different subjects this year. I was able to refresh myself on topics which were covered during my A levels, while also learning new things.

Bethany Southgate, BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year

Careers and opportunities

There's never been a better time to become a scientist. Science and technology are key areas of the UK economy and likely to be even more important in the future as low-skilled jobs decline. There's a shortage of science graduates across various fields, and many sectors are struggling to recruit professionals.

Whatever area of science you're interested in, your science foundation year will prepare you to take on a degree and career in the discipline of your choice. You could also go onto further study after you complete your degree.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Science with Foundation Year degree course

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. In year 1, each module is worth 20 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Study Skills for University
  • Introduction to the Natural World
  • Numeric and IT Skills for Scientists
  • Introduction to the HumanWorld
  • Foundation Research Project
  • Introduction to the Biological World

The modules you study in years 2, 3 and 4 (and year 5 if you do a placement year or choose an integrated Master's degree) will depend on which science degree you choose at the end of year 1.

On this course, you could do an optional work placement year between your 3rd and 4th years. This allows you to get valuable experience working in the industry relevant to your chosen science degree.

For example, Environmental Science students have taken placements at organisations including Mott MacDonald and Enitial and Sport and Exercise Science students have completed placements with Portsmouth FC, England Volleyball and the Hampshire Football Association.

Whatever science degree you choose, we’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this science foundation course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • laboratory classes
  • tutorials
  • workshops

You'll be taught by experts that have both industry and research experience across many scientific disciplines.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

In 2021/22, we're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

A typical week

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and practical classes for about 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in further years, depending on what science degree you choose at the end of your foundation year.

Most timetabled teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Learning support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

Academic skills support

As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Library support

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from the faculty librarian for science.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • presentations
  • laboratory work

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't currently open to International students.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

If you're interested in applying for this course in 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – Y100
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from the outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK but within the European Union, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply through an agent. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

This course isn't currently open to international students outside the EU. 

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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