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2020/21 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:Katy Dobson Contact address:k.l.dobson@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits:

Entry requirements:

A-level: CDD or above excluding critical thinking and general studies, or equivalent
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: English, mathematics and science at grade C/4 or above or equivalent. Applicants wanting to progress on to degree courses offered by the Schools of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computing, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Food Science & Nutrition, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Physics & Astronomy will need GCSE mathematics at grade B/6 or above, or equivalent.
Other course specific tests:
Due to the competitive nature of many of the Interdisciplinary Science progression pathways the admissions team takes into account a wide variety of factors which include, but are not limited to, actual academic performance to date and predicted results for qualifications currently being studied. Mature applicants are encouraged to apply early. Competitive progression pathways (Healthcare, Medicine, Dental Surgery and Engineering degrees) may be closed earlier in the year.
Applicants wishing to progress onto the courses below have specific GCSE requirements:
- Medicine and Surgery MBChB – GCSE English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above (this progression is available to mature applicants only).
- Dental Surgery BChD and Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSc – GCSE English and mathematics at grade C/4 or above.
- Nursing (Adult) BSc, Nursing (Child) BSc and Nursing (Mental Health) BSc – normally five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, to include, English, mathematics and two science subjects.
- Midwifery BSc – five GCSEs: English, mathematics and science at grade B/5 plus two others at grade C/4.
- Healthcare Sciences (Audiology) BSc, Healthcare Sciences (Cardiac Physiology) BSc and Radiography BSc – five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English, mathematics and science.
Additional entry criteria
As well as the academic requirements above, you must live permanently in the UK and meet at least one of the following:
• Your permanent address is in a neighbourhood with low progression to higher education.
• You attended a school which achieved less than the national average of five grade A*-C or 9-4 passes at GCSE or attainment 8 score at GCSE
• You 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:

LLLC0180Chemistry for Interdisciplinary Sciences15 creditsSemester 1
LLLC0192Nature of Science and Scientific Thinking15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates on the BIOLOGY pathways will be required to take the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0190Mathematical and Analytical Methods for Science35 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC0193Organisms: Form and Function25 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates on the BIOLOGY pathways will be required to take 30 credits from the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0179The Biology of Populations10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0181Applied Biology10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0182Biochemistry10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0184Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0185Physics: Waves and Particles10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0186Sustainability Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates on the CHEMISTRY pathways will be required to take the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0185Physics: Waves and Particles10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0187Core Physics: Mechanics, Thermal Physics and Electricity & Magnetism30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC0189Discrete Mathematics for Chemists30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates on the CHEMISTRY pathways will be required to take 20 credits from the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0182Biochemistry10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0183Geochemistry10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0184Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0186Sustainability Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates on the GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES pathways will be required to take the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0190Mathematical and Analytical Methods for Science35 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC0191Geological Sciences25 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates on the GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES pathways will be required to take 30 credits from the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0179The Biology of Populations10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0183Geochemistry10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0184Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0185Physics: Waves and Particles10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0186Sustainability Chemistry10 creditsSemester 2

Candidates on the PHYSICS pathways will be required to take the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0185Physics: Waves and Particles10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0187Core Physics: Mechanics, Thermal Physics and Electricity & Magnetism30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
LLLC0188Discrete Mathematics and Calculus40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates on the PHYSICS pathways will be required to take 10 credits from the following modules:
(The choice of module will be made in discussion with your programme leaders and will depend upon your intended progression choice.)

LLLC0183Geochemistry10 creditsSemester 2
LLLC0184Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century10 creditsSemester 2

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