If you’d like to study earth and environmental sciences but don’t currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry, then this extended degree is for you.
The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in earth and environmental sciences. Recent students went on to study for degrees in environmental science, geophysics, meteorology and climate science, and sustainability and environmental management.
Lifelong Learning Centre support
The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. You’ll benefit from our student support service which offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
Is this course for me?
Earth and Environmental Sciences BSc is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree in the Faculty of Environment, and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well-structured support. The programme is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation and this is reflected in the non-academic entry criteria.
The foundation year will bring together a portfolio of academic and scientific study skills. You’ll be keen and motivated to study across multiple scientific areas such as physics, chemistry and geology, alongside the continuous development of your academic skills. There is a strong emphasis on helping students achieve their full potential and develop as independent, self-directed learners. The foundation year caters for a wide range of students from mature learners returning to study from work to school leavers continuing their education.
Once you’ve successfully completed your foundation year and met your progression goals you’ll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Learning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.