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2018/19 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year

Programme code:BS-INTDIS/SCUCAS code:CFG0
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*- C or 9 - 4 or equivalent (including GCSE Maths at grade B/6 or above for applicants wishing to progress to Physics, Maths or Engineering programmes)
GCSE Science grade A* - C or 9 - 4 or equivalent
Attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A* - C or 9 - 4 passes (including English and Maths) at GCSE





AND

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

AND

Applicants must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:

- permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education
- attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*/7 - C/4 passes at GCSE
- grew up in public care

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.

For applicants wanting to progress to:

Medicine: GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4

BSc Nursing (Adult): Normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include Maths, English and two science subjects

BSc Nursing (Child): Normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include Maths, English and 2 science subjects

BSc Nursing (Mental Health): 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and two science subjects

BSc Midwifery: normally 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include Science, Maths and English at grade B/6.

BSC Healthcare Sciences (Audiology): 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and science

BSc Healthcare Sciences (Cardiac Physiology): 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and science

BSc Radiography: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include Maths, English and science

Dentistry: GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4

Dental Surgery: GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4

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

AND
Applicants must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:

- permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education
- attended a school which achieved less than the national average of 5 A*/7 - C/4 passes at GCSE
- grew up in public care

We actively encourage applications from mature students. Further consideration will be given to the life experience of mature applicants and the circumstances in which they gained prior qualifications.





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

Lifelong Learning Centre

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Lifelong Learning Centre

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

None - level zero

Programme specification:

The BSc Interdisciplinary Sciences is a four year extended degree. It is designed for applicants who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry to a degree and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well structured support to enable development of scientific skills and knowledge. The programme is part of the University’s commitment to widening participation and priority is given to applicants whose earlier learning has been diminished by adverse circumstances or limited opportunities and support.

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, computing and healthcare. 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 chemistry and mathematics are taken concurrently with either 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.


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

Compulsory modules:

LLLC0174Skills to Succeed in the Sciences15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 15 Credits from the following optional modules:
The choice of module should be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.

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 30 credits from the following optional modules:
The choice of module should be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.

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 20 Credits from the following optional modules:
The choice of module should be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.

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

Candidates must 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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