Science Foundation

Foundation year (the first year of a 4 year programme) Science Foundation 2017/18

Year of entry

Science is advancing at an incredible pace and offers many exciting and fulfilling career opportunities, as well as being intellectually stimulating and satisfying. This course is a gateway to higher education courses for those who demonstrate an interest in scientific issues.

Applicants for the Science Foundation Year do not need to have a significant prior knowledge of science but should be motivated to study the subject. Taught in a supportive, friendly and encouraging environment, you will study the basic theoretical principles of the biological and physical sciences, gain extensive practical experience in fieldwork and the laboratory and develop the essential interdisciplinary skills necessary for future work in higher education and science.

Read more information on foundation years.

Science Foundation is considered to be the first year of a four year programme of study leading to one of the science degrees offered at Canterbury Christ Church University. Science courses include Biosciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Integrated Science, Animal Science, Plant Science and Ecology and Conservation

Students who successfully complete the Foundation year may want to accept a Certificate of Foundation Studies and seek employment. Learning in Science includes training in the transferable skills of numeracy, literacy, computing, data handling and oral presentation, among others.

Within the Science Foundation year, you are exposed to various different forms of assessment to prepare you for degree-level study. These include laboratory reports, written coursework (essays and exercises), group presentations, posters and examinations.

Top reason to choose this course

If you have always been interested in studying science, but didn’t think you could, then this course is for you!

94% of School of Human and Life Sciences graduates were in employment or further study six months after completing their studies

2013-14 DLHE

Our Science Foundation will equip you with the skills and knowledge to embark on future studies in the sciences, with successful completion guaranteeing progression to one of our science programmes. This course can also provide an excellent entry point to other courses within the University such as Sports Science, if you don’t already have the required A-level or equivalent qualification.

There are separate modules in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are strongly linked both in content and assessment. Additionally, a cross-disciplinary module, Skills incorporates the necessary study skills for work in higher education and science and includes training in the transferable skills of numeracy, literacy, computing, data handling and oral presentation, among others.

Work experience

Students may volunteer to assist academics with their research whilst undertaking this programme.

“You never know where a science career will take you. From studying cancer research in the USA to working on yeast proteins at the Carlsberg Research Institute in Denmark, it has taken me around the world and I have met people from Nobel Prize Winners to film stars. Science is an exciting, varied and international career and it starts here in Foundation Science.”

Dr Lee Byrne, Foundation Year Tutor 

In the past, many students who completed the Foundation Year in Science have gone on to get a 1st class honours degree, and several have gone on to do a PhD.

Core modules

Biology

This module aims to give you a broad theoretical understanding of the basics of biology. We begin with biological molecules and cells, followed by the biology of whole organisms, and eventually even moving on to the biology of ecological interaction and global biological systems. The module offers you an introduction to topics such as taxonomy, anatomy of plants and animals, biochemical processes in the cell, genetics and ecology in order to give you a broad overview of the enormous scope of the biological sciences.

Chemistry

This module aims to familiarise you with a wide range of basic chemical concepts: atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, bonding, stoichiometry and a range of chemical changes, extending learned concepts to explore different fields within the subject: physical chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.

Physics

This module aims to introduce you to the basic principles of physics, namely fundamental principles of measurement, the nature of matter, kinematics, mechanics and thermodynamics. This section introduces some of the fundamental aspects of physics. The ways in which physicists do their work will be stressed, thus showing the similarities and differences between physics and other scientific subjects. Problem-solving will be widely used, in order to give you practice in this area. Wherever possible, concepts will be related to your own experience of the world.

Skills

The emphasis of this module is in developing the useful transferable skills required to study science at higher education. These skills include basic mathematics, statistics, estimation and measurement, written and oral communication, information technology, hypothesis building and testing.

Practical and Field Skills 1

This module aims to develop your basic laboratory and fieldwork skills as well as consolidate and reinforce theoretical ideas and concepts from each of the biology, chemistry and physics modules with applied practical examples, giving you a substantial amount of practical experience.

Practical and Field Skills 2

This module further extends the laboratory and fieldwork skills developed within Practical and Field Skills 1.

The Science Foundation Year is considered to be the first year of a four year course of study leading to one of the science degrees offered at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £6,165* N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate UK/EU tuition fee set for each year. Visit the relevant degree page for full details.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Text books Biology: How Life Works, by Morris et al, This book includes integrated web-based media which are incorporated into some of the modules.

The book currently costs £39.99.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

You can expect to be present within University for three days a week with modules starting typically at 11:00am and finishing at 6:00pm. Each subject starts with a two hour lecture followed by a one hour small group seminar. The laboratory and field practical modules are run on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm until 6:00pm. This equates to a total contact time of 16 hours per week.

Additionally you have access to academic development modules where you can book time with a University instructor for further support. You are expected to engage with a further 35 hours of self-study time outside of the time tabled modules.

Academic input

You will be taught by supportive and experienced, research-active academics at lecturer, senior lecturer or principal lecturer level, all of whom are ether fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or working towards fellowship. Additional support and practical demonstrators are provided by our team of postgraduate students all engaged in PhD studentships and studying for their postgraduate certificates in learning and teaching in higher education.

Suprising terms

You will need to register for a four-year degree programme including Science Foundation to ensure you receive four years’ worth of funding.

Within the Science Foundation Year, you are exposed to various different forms of assessment to prepare you for degree-level study. These include laboratory reports, written coursework (essays and exercises), group presentations, posters and examinations.

Candidates without formal qualifications are usually interviewed and they need to demonstrate an interest in Science. Candidates should be sufficiently motivated to benefit from study at this level and should be able to work co-operatively.

Specialist facilities

You will have opportunities to work at industry-quality research facilities.

UK/EU

Full-time study

Apply via UCAS

Need some help?

For advice on completing your application please contact the Admissions Enquiry Team:

Email: admissions@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 782900

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UCAS code

  • C301 Animal Science
  • C101 Biology
  • C701 Biomolecular Science
  • C181 Ecology
  • F855 Environmental Science
  • B101 Human Biology
  • C210 Plant Science
  • F413 Forensic Investigation

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time (plus 3 years full-time)

Starts

  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • Candidates without formal qualifications are usually interviewed and they need to demonstrate an interest in Science. Candidates should be sufficiently motivated to benefit from study at this level and should be able to work co-operatively. More entry requirement details.

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