Life Sciences

The Life Sciences International Foundation Year leads to a wide range of degrees in biology and chemistry-related subjects at the University of Surrey.

What will I study?

During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit and elective units which are carefully designed to focus on the academic areas most relevant to your chosen degree.

International Foundation Year essentials

Core unit

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Units

To complete your Foundation Year programme you will also study the following units:

Chemistry 1 & 2

These units introduce you to formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding. You will also cover equilibria, acid-based equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.

Biology 1 & 2

You will cover an introduction to cell biology, gene theory, plants, the human body and reproduction.

Core Maths & Statistics*

These units will familiarise you with the concepts of core and statistical mathematics, including probability, hypothesis testing, sampling and estimation.

*Subject to final confirmation

Progression Routes

You will need to take an IELTS test at the end of the International Foundation Year and achieve the required scores. If you are progressing to your degree in September 2017, the below grades are for guidelines only and are subject to change.


Please note:

There are limited places on offer for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics degree.

There are are additional entry requirements for BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Please visit the University of Surrey website for more information.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biomedicine with Data Science BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biomedicine with Electronic Engineering BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science  BVMSci (Hons) 65% IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 7
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry MChem 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Data Science for Health BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Medicinal Chemistry MChem (Hons) 70% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Microbiology BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Nutrition BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Nutrition/Dietetics BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 7.0 with no skill below 67
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
Veterinary Biosciences BSc (Hons) 65% IELTS 6.5 with no skill below 6
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Course length

September to June or February to September

Intakes

September & February

Age on entry

You must be 18 on progression to your undergraduate degree at the University

Entry requirements