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 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships:

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: ug-fy-se@manchester.ac.uk

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 your 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 http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/

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 Academic Assessment.

AS level: Acceptable only in combination with other qualifications.

Unit grade information:

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

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.

Scottish Advanced Highers: Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. 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 be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic School for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

Welsh Baccalaureate:

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements.

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.

AQA Baccalaureate: The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

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 www.manchester.ac.uk/international/country

BTEC Extended Diploma: Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decision are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. 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 be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic School for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

OCR National Extended Diploma (18 units): Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. 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 be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic School for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

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.

Cambridge Pre-U: Students are accepted from a wide range of educational backgrounds and all qualifications are considered on their individual merits. Entry and the type of offer made will be dependent on the level and amount of Mathematics and Science taken. Decisions are based on the application as a whole, including your qualifications, your personal statement and your academic reference. 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 be undertaken after successfully completing the foundation year. Please contact the academic School for further information on your suitability to study on our Integrated Foundation Year.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

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 UKVI for IELTS score of no less than 5.5 in each and every component with a score of 6.0 overall.

Interview requirements

Applicants may be asked to attend a visit day for an Academic Assessment as part of the application process.

Deferrals

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 UKVI for 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.

Re-applications

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: dass@manchester.ac.uk
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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