Science with an Integrated Foundation Year (4 or 5 Years)

If your qualifications do not meet the current admission requirements for one of our courses, then a Foundation Year might be the answer for you.
This is a year of preparatory study which equips you with the necessary knowledge and expertise for your chosen course. On successful completion of your Foundation Year you will progress into the first year of your chosen course. For full details please see the Foundation Year pages.


UCAS course code: F008

UCAS institution code: M20

Degree awarded: Bachelor/Master of Science (Honours)

Duration: 1 (as part of 4/5 yr integrated degree programme)

Typical A level offer: Students are accepted from a range of academic backgrounds. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

Course fees: Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be £9,250. Future inflationary increases may also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.


The Manchester Bursary is available to any student who is registered on an eligible first undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. This bursary is additional to the government package of maintenance grants.

Details of country-specific funding available to international students can be found within our international country profiles.

Contact email:

Contact telephone: 44 (0)161 306 4742

How to apply: Apply through UCAS .

Course description

Science with a Integrated Foundation Year is a one year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a science degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering in one of the following subject areas:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics & Astronomy

On the Foundation Year you will study mathematics, physics and (where appropriate) chemistry. In addition, you will take modules in Academic Skills and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). You will also complete a group project, related to yoru intended degree programme and supervised by an academic from your future School.

What are the special features of this programme? On the Integrated Foundation Year, you are an undergraduate at The University of Manchester. The course is taught at The University, by academics from The University. Provided you achieve the specific progression criteria for your chosen degree, completion of the Integrated Foundation Year guarantees you a place on first year of your chosen degree.

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.

Scholarships and bursaries

For more information about equivalent qualifications, and additional scholarships and bursaries which may be available to you, details at

Career opportunities

Science with an Integrated Foundation Year gives you the preparation you need to proceed to degree level programmes in the subject areas of Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science/Studies, Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy and Textile Technology (see Textiles)

Selected entry requirements

A level:

Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all applications are considered on their individual merits. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including the qualifications, the personal statement and the referee's comments. The following must therefore be viewed only a general guide.

For students taking/with A Level in relevant science or mathematics subjects, we would typically be looking for grades BBC. If your A levels are 'inappropriate' subjects for an engineering degree then we would typically be looking for ABB grades, in addition to at least a grade B in Mathematics and Science/additional science at GCSE level, or equivalent.

In all cases we only offer places to applicants if we are convinced that they have the academic potential and the high level of motivation that is needed to be successful on the integrated Foundation Year and on their chosen degree programme. To help us make our decision, applicants may be asked to attend a visit day for an interview and an aptitude test. 

AS level: Acceptable only in combination with other qualifications.

GCSE: Acceptable only in combination with other qualifications.

International Baccalaureate:

Students are accepted from a range of academic backgrounds. Each application is considered on its individual merits.

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate: Contact us for further information.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Contact the School for details.

European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

Other international entry requirements:

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world's leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from

Access to HE Diploma: Applications are considered on an individual basis. Please contact the University for further information. QAA's normal requirements for diploma applicants are 60 (10 hour) credits with 45 at level 3 and the remainder at level 2. Specific grades in specific subjects will be part of any offer.

Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Non-standard educational routes:

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements:

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

English language:

Home students to achieve GCSE in English Language Grade C or equivalent.

International students to achieve IELTS score of no less than 5.5 in each and every component.

Interview requirements

Applicants may be asked to attend an assessment day as part of the application process.


Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. An English Language test result, such as IELTS, is only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Teaching and learning

The programme embraces a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and project work. Particular strengths are the high level of staff contact and individual learning support: individual pastoral support: project work in physical science-based Schools and associated disciplines within the Faculty.

Your focus is the Foundation Studies Office, where staff provide day to day support. The dedicated Common Room offers you a place to study, prepare coursework, carry out work using the computers, or simply socialise. There is a strong sense of community within the student body and excellent tutorial support. Science with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered on the University campus by University staff.

With strong links into the physical science based Schools within the Faculty, the environment for study is essentially the same as for undergraduate study on degree programmes in science disciplines.

You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into first year of your chosen degree programme on successful completion of the foundation year.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is based primarily on formal examinations at the end of each semester (in January and June). A smaller proportion of the overall assessment is based on coursework carried out throughout the academic year.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:
Courses consist of a variety of units in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry (if applicable), Information and Communication Technology, and Academic Skills. These courses are coordinated by the Faculty of Science. Students also complete a project in the School of Computer Science which introduces them to fundamental principles of Computer Science, and managing project work.
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