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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Studies in Science with Foundation Year

Programme code:BS-FD/SISUCAS code:6H89
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Sheryl Meskin Contact address:s.a.meskin@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits:

Entry requirements:




GCSE English grade A*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
GCSE Maths grade A*- B or 9 - 6 or equivalent
GCSE Science grade A* - C or 9 - 4 or equivalent

AND

3 A Levels grade ABB or equivalent excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies

(to be considered for admission to this extended degree, the subject range of these qualifications must not match that required by the discipline which the applicant wishes to study at degree level).

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC)

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Foundation Programmes Examination Board within the
Lifelong Learning Centre

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The BSc Studies In Science is a four year extended degree. It is designed for high achieving students, with at least ABB grades at A level, who wish to progress to a degree in a scientific discipline but who have not taken the prerequisite science and mathematics subjects at A level.

The foundation year of the programme is delivered by the University’s Lifelong Learning Centre (LLC). Students progress from the foundation year to a range of degree programmes in science, engineering or computing. Staff work closely with students during the foundation year to help them to identify the degree choices that are most appropriate for them and to monitor their progress towards achieving their goals.

During the foundation year, students receive an intensive introduction to the academic skills that are necessary for success as science undergraduates at the University of Leeds. Core modules in mathematics are taken concurrently with study of two sciences (chosen from chemistry, biology or physics) to develop a knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles within and across each of the scientific disciplines. Students also gain skills for scientific inquiry in practical, laboratory and field work. The importance of helping students to prepare for employment or career enhancement following graduation is recognised from the very beginning of the programme and staff will help students to make the most of opportunities for professional development during their course.

There is a strong emphasis during the foundation year of the programme on helping participants to achieve to their full potential and develop as independent, self-directed learners. Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that students are intellectually stretched and helped through any sticking points in their learning. Group sizes are smaller than typical first year science modules, allowing foundation year students to engage actively and develop team-working skills with their peers. Methods of assessment during the foundation year reflect those that students will find later in their degree in order to ensure that learners are well prepared for their continuing study. The LLC regards assessment as a key way of enabling students to learn by doing and makes sure that feedback from tutors supports this process.

Members of the LLC staff team are dedicated to helping students with all aspects of their progress and there will be regular one-to-one meetings with each individual to help learners to plan for and achieve their goals. For subsequent years of the programme, this individual support is provided by the School in which the student is taking their degree but the LLC continues to be available right up to graduation.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

LLLC0175Transition to Scientific Study15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following optional modules

LLLC0132Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (1)15 creditsSemester 1
LLLC0141Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (1)15 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study TWO of the following optional modules

LLLC0125Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)15 creditsSemester 1
LLLC0127Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)15 creditsSemester 1
LLLC0166Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplinary Sciences (1)15 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study ONE of the following optional modules

LLLC0131Applied Maths for Biologists and Chemists (2)20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0133Applied Maths for Engineers and Physicists (2)20 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules

LLLC0126Biology for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0128Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0137Environmental Chemistry20 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0167Physics and Mechanics for Interdisciplinary Sciences (2)20 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 30/04/2018

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