University of Surrey International Study Centre
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.
Our Life Sciences pathway leads to progression degrees in a range of exciting areas – each with their own reasons for study. Surrey’s biological degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, its chemistry degrees are vital to groundbreaking international research, and nutrition at Surrey was awarded a 100% satisfaction rate (National Student Survey 2019).
Practical work experience
After gaining a solid foundation on our Life Sciences pathway, you can progress to your undergraduate degree to continue developing your academic and employability skills. One way to do this is by taking a Professional Training Year, where you’ll be able to enter the workforce and put your practical skills to the test. As well as learning even more about your future career, a Professional Training Year is an excellent addition to your CV.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 undertake the Professional Training Year programme in year two of a four year degree. You will be able to select the option before you progress to the University. The University of Surrey will provide guidance and support in year one and two in helping you to find the right placement.
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 see the University of Surrey website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if you are eligible.
February and September
Semester 1: 28/09/2020 – 05/02/2021
Semester 2: 08/02/2021 – 04/06/2021
Semester 1: 01/02/2021 – 21/05/2021
Semester 2: 24/05/2021 – 20/08/2021
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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