Life Sciences International Foundation Year

About this route

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

During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit of general subject skills, and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level for your International Foundation Year, you can take our English Language Preparation programme.

All degrees listed include the option to complete a Professional Training Year as part of your degree. The Professional Training Year takes place in year two of a four year sandwich degree. If you would like to take a Professional Training Year you will be able to select this option while at the International Study Centre before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to secure a suitable placement. Please note the Placement Year is optional and is not guaranteed.

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling 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.

Biology 1 & 2

These units will encourage students to develop their interest in biology through study of the molecules of life, cellular processes, energy systems, genetics and systems of life in plants and animals.

Chemistry 1 & 2

You will study formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, chemical bonding, redox reactions and thermodynamics. These units will also cover chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, reaction kinetics and topics in organic chemistry.

Core Maths & Statistics

In these units you will learn to recall arithmetic concepts, develop your knowledge of algebra and calculus and deepen your understanding of the role of mathematics in the world. You will study the use of graphs in solving equations, derivatives and integrals and concepts of statistical mathematics.

Study plans

September intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Dec Jan-Jun Jul-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year   Vacation

January intake

IELTS requirements Length Jan-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your undergraduate degree

  International Foundation Year

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

All degrees listed include the option to complete a Professional Training Year as part of your degree. The Professional Training Year takes place in year two of a four year sandwich degree. If you would like to take a Professional Training Year you will be able to select this option while at the International Study Centre before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to secure a suitable placement. Please note the Placement Year is optional and is not guaranteed.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Biotechnology BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science  BSc (Hons) 65% 70% with min. 60% in each skill
BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science  BVMSci (Hons) 65% 70% with min. 50% in each skill
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Chemistry MChem 70% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem (Hons) 70% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) 65% 60% with min. 50% in each skill
Medicinal Chemistry MChem (Hons) 70% 60% with min. 50% in each skill

Please note:

There are limited places on offer for the BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Dietetics degree. Suitable applicants are invited to an interview and offers are made based on your performance at interview. If you are not offered a place on the Nutrition & Dietetics programme, you can progress onto the BSc Nutrition or the BSc Nutrition and Food Science programme (subject to achieving the required academic and English progression grades).

There are additional entry requirements for BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science.  Applicants wishing to be considered for Vet Med will need to submit their UCAS application by the earlier deadline of 15th October in order to be considered. There are additional entry requirements for BVMSci Veterinary Medicine and Science including 4 weeks of work experience being required prior to UCAS application. Please see the University of Surrey website or contact admissions@surrey.ac.uk to find out if you are eligible. An interview is also required and offers are made based on your performance at interview. If you are not offered a place on the Veterinary Medicine and Science programme, you can progress onto the Veterinary Biosciences programme (subject to achieving the required academic and English progression grades).

 

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: January and September 

Term dates:

September 2018

Semester 1: 24/09/2018 - 01/02/2019

Semester 2: 04/02/2019 - 31/05/2019

January 2019

Semester 1: 21/01/2019 – 24/05/2019

Semester 2: 27/05/2019 - 06/09/2019

Age: you must be at least 17 years old to study at the International Study Centre and progress to the University.

Visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements.

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