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.

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.

**Subject to final confirmation

Progression routes

At the end of your Extended International Foundation Year you will need to take an IELTS test and achieve the required scores. The below grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change.

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

Key facts

Course length: Two semesters

Entry points: September or January

Term dates:

  • September 2017 start
    Semester 1: 25/09/2017 – 02/02/2018
    Semester 2: 05/02/2018 – 01/06/2018

  • January 2018 start
    Semester 1: 08/01/2018 – 11/05/2018
    Semester 2: 14/05/2018 – 24/08/2018

Age: 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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