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Sciences (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This four-year degree includes a built-in foundation year (Year 0) that provides the knowledge necessary for entry onto one of our science-based BSc (Hons) courses. Designed for those with little to no scientific background, this course is ideal if you can’t meet the entry requirements for a standard undergraduate degree in science.

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During this course some of your teaching and learning will take place in our renowned Science Centre, which is home to our Superlab, one of the largest and most advanced science facilities in Europe. Equipped with 280 state-of-the-art workstations, it’s the perfect environment for you to gain practical skills and work independently on different experiments. You’ll be taught by tutors who are experts in their fields and whose years of experience in the industry will inform you learning.

The foundation year will see you gain the knowledge and key skills you’ll need in your subsequent years of scientific studies. It serves as an introduction to the core modules that are essential for a career in science, Biology, Chemistry and Numeracy. You’ll also have the chance to study one of two optional modules, biochemistry or nutrition and sports science.

Following your foundation year you’ll be ready to build on the knowledge you’ve acquired and progress onto one of our science-related BSc (Hons) degrees. You’ll study a wide variety of core and optional modules designed to give you the skills, qualifications and expertise necessary for a rewarding career.

Depending on the course you choose, in your third year you may also have the option to undertake a work placement, allowing you to establish invaluable connections and gain practical industry experience.

The course content and module choices for your subsequent three years of study will be no different to the options available to those following the three-year course without a foundation year.

On completion of the four-year course you will graduate with the same full undergraduate degree as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

This course is recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). If you are eligible, funding for the foundation year will follow the standard undergraduate funding regulations.

Assessment

Assessment in your foundation year consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations – you’ll also receive feedback throughout your foundation year.

The assessment methods for the subsequent three years of the course depend on the specific science subject you choose to pursue following your foundation year.

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Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code CF16
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level at grade C (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

You may apply if you have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (eg biology and chemistry) which are required to study BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.

If you meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or maths at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2020/21 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 0 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Monday afternoon

    This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4.

    The module aims to develop students understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences relating to the periodic table, atomic properties, chemical bonds, simple chemical reactions and nomenclature. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed. Regular low-stakes assessments are employed to encourage learning, student motivation, attentiveness, and attendance.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and reinforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
    In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.

    The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (January start) - Monday morning

    The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.

    The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.

    The aim of this module is to give students a greater awareness of nutrition and sports science. Students will be able to appreciate the role that diet and lifestyle choices have in promoting health. The module will aim to introduce the major food groups and their nutritional composition. Students will have a greater understanding of the concept that individual diet and lifestyle choices have in influencing health and disease. The module will also encompass an introduction to the sports science field, including but not limited to physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. Students will achieve an understanding as to the role of therapists and scientists in sport with particular attention to the ways in which these careers may help to increase performance or prevent injury.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.

    The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.

    The aim of this module is to give students a greater awareness of nutrition and sports science. Students will be able to appreciate the role that diet and lifestyle choices have in promoting health. The module will aim to introduce the major food groups and their nutritional composition. Students will have a greater understanding of the concept that individual diet and lifestyle choices have in influencing health and disease. The module will also encompass an introduction to the sports science field, including but not limited to physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. Students will achieve an understanding as to the role of therapists and scientists in sport with particular attention to the ways in which these careers may help to increase performance or prevent injury.

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What our students say

“It was very beneficial for me to study at London Metropolitan University as I am an adult student with a family and small children. The university timetable and the regulations suited me very well. I do not think I could have made it to this point if it were not for London Met. The lecturers were very helpful and friendly."

Where this course can take you

Completion of a science-related degree will open you up to a huge range of career options and can also act as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study. London Met BSc graduates go on to work in an exciting range of professions all over the world, as biotechnologists, sports coaches, pharmaceutical scientists and more.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Discover Uni – key statistics about this course

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How to apply

January 2021: This course is available to start in January. UK/EU applicants: Call our hotline on 0800 032 4441 or complete our fast-track application form. International applicants: Select the relevant entry point and click 'apply direct'.

Applying for 2021

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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