• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • School: Life Sciences
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

If you haven't got the required A level (or equivalent) subjects or grades to qualify you for direct entry into one of our Life Sciences degrees, this course - with a focus on the skills of numeracy and chemistry necessary to progress to a full Life Sciences degree - might be for you.

This course is designed for students who do not have the required subjects and grades at A level (or equivalent) to be able to qualify for direct entry into University of Dundee Life Sciences degrees. It takes one year full time, or two years part time.

The aim of the Foundation Year is to ensure that you acquire a broad-based working knowledge and understanding of the physical and life sciences as they relate to living organisms at all levels of organisation. There is a focus on the core skills of chemistry and numeracy, both of which are needed for success in the Life Sciences.

Once you've gained an appropriate level of achievement in the Foundation Year, you will be able to enter the Life Sciences 3 year Honours Degree programmes.

An excellent reputation

Dundee is the top university in the UK for Biological Sciences according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the national system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions over a 5-year period.

Our excellent reputation also extends to the quality of our teaching.  In the National Student Survey 2015 we were ranked the top biology department in the UK for staff engagement and enthusiasm for our intellectually stimulating course and our education, technical and technological resources.  The survey also found that we excel at the core issues that underpin delivery of excellent undergraduate education.

Transferable skills

This course will also help you recognise and develop the skills needed for success in your future studies and employment.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher
GCE A-Level Typical requirements for entry to the course are BBC at A-Level including biology plus GCSE chemistry. However an applicant with CCC at A-Level including biology plus GCSE chemistry may be considered in combination with a telephone interview.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Graduate Entry
BTEC
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate
Other Qualifications Appropriate accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) in discussion with School Admissions Tutor
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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This course is taught by staff based in the School of Life Sciences.

It lasts for 12 months on a full time basis, or 24 months part time.

How you will be taught

We use a variety of teaching methods, with lectures and practicals forming the core. In addition, we use workshops, tutorials and computer-aided learning as appropriate to each module.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is by a combination of coursework exercises, computer-based tests and formal examinations.

What you will study

This programme focuses on developing the core foundation of chemistry and numeracy needed for success in our subjects.

You will be expected to take 80 credits of core modules, with up to 40 credits of optional choices.

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Maths, Physics and Chemistry - 20 credits
  • Laboratory training - 10 credits
  • Physics for the Life Sciences workshops - 10 credits
  • 20 credits optional, drawn from the available modules in the University

Semester 2

  • Biological sciences theory - 20 credits
  • Laboratory training - 10 credits
  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences workshops - 10 credits
  • 20 credits optional, drawn from the available modules in the University

Throughout the course, you will gain generic skills which will enhance your employability.

Experimental skills are delivered through 'hands-on' experience in the laboratory, intellectual skills are developed through structured tutorials and problem-solving exercises and interpersonal and group work skills are encouraged through shared projects.

With its strong emphasis on skills training, and focused, personalised advising, the Foundation Year in Life Sciences aims to produce students who are properly prepared to embark on an Honours degree in the Life Sciences.

Graduates with appropriate levels of achievement will be able to progress into the 3 year Honours programmes of the School, but all graduates will have a Certificate in HE which will be of value in their future career and training choices.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students Not applicable
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) To be confirmed

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.


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  Degree UCAS Code
Apply NowFoundation Year in Life Sciences Certificate of Higher EducationC103