Year of entry 2023
This extended degree is a science conversion course designed for high-achieving students who wish to progress to a degree in a scientific discipline, but have not taken the prerequisite science and mathematics subjects at Level 3.
During the foundation year, you'll receive an intensive introduction to the academic skills that are necessary for success as a STEM undergraduate. You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of the facts, concepts, and principles in chemistry, mathematics, and either biology or physics. You’ll also gain skills for academic and scientific enquiry through practical, laboratory, and fieldwork.
On successful completion of the foundation year, subject to meeting the specific requirements for progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in science, computing, engineering, or mathematics.
Please note, this course is not a progression route for those interested in studying medicine or healthcare.
The foundation year course is designed specifically for students from a widening participation background and therefore does not accept students with previous higher education experience, including other foundation years.
The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre.
Lifelong Learning Centre Support
The Lifelong Learning Centre provides a supportive environment to enable you to progress to degree-level study, and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you'll need to succeed.
The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. Staff work closely with you during the foundation year to help you work towards a successful progression. At the beginning of your journey, your academic goals will be identified and you will be provided with guidance throughout the year to help you achieve them.
You’ll take core modules in chemistry, mathematics, and nature of science, alongside either biology, physics, or geological sciences (depending on your chosen degree course) to develop a knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, and principles within each of the scientific disciplines. You'll also gain skills for academic and scientific enquiry in practical, laboratory, and fieldwork.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting any progression requirements, you’ll progress to year one of your chosen degree course.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences||15|
|Nature of Science and Scientific Thinking||15|
Learning and teaching
There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year on helping you achieve your full potential. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in your learning.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that you will find later in your degree to ensure that you are well prepared for continuing study. Assessment is a key way of enabling you to learn by doing and feedback from tutors supports this process.
Our range of assessment methods helps you to utilise numerous academic skills, such as examinations, presentations, problem-based learning assessments, and experimentation write-ups. The foundation year ensures that your written, discussion and digital skills are developed in preparation for your degree.
A-level: ABB or above, or equivalent excluding critical thinking and general studies.
To be considered for admissions to this extended degree, the subject range of these qualifications must not match that required by the discipline you wish to study at degree level.
GCSE: English and science at grade C/4 or above and GCSE mathematics at grade B/6 or above, or equivalent. T Levels will be considered on a case by case basis.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits overall with 45 graded credits at Level 3, with the majority of credits at Distinction and no credits below Merit
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
M1, M1, M1
34 overall (16 higher)
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB at Advanced Highers (A.H.) and AABBB in Highers - or - B in A.H. and AAABB in Highers - or - AABBBB in Highers.
Accepted, with 2 A-levels
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Alternative Entry Scheme for mature applicants
If you are a mature applicant (over 21 at the point of entry) and you don't have the required GCSE qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme (subject to meeting the eligibility for the Scheme).
As part of this, you may be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.
UK: £9,250 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification you already hold. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Additional cost information
Up to £10 to support scientific research project costs in the skills module.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support including a fee discount is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
For guidance on applying to a Lifelong Learning Centre course, visit our admissions guidance page. Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
Please mention on your personal statement the area you want to progress to.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Team. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to a half day selection day. This will include a 30 minute maths exam and an interview.
If you’re made an offer you’ll be asked to engage with KickStart. This is a pre-entry programme designed to ease your move into studying at the University of Leeds. You’re welcome to contact us for further information.
This course is taught by
LLC Foundation Year Science Admissions
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you will progress onto year one of your chosen degree courses in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, environmental science, food science and nutrition, physics, or psychology.
For more information about specific career opportunities, please check the degree course you wish to progress to.
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