Foundation Programme in Science

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements (2020 entry)
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Key dates

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  • Start date
    September

Develop your understanding in key life and health science subjects

Opportunity to progress onto an Aston undergraduate programme

An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject

Study the processes of sensation and perception at a biological, neurophysiological and psychological level

Course summary

Once you have successfully completed this programme with the required level of performance, you will be able to progress onto an undergraduate programme.

Entry requirements for 2020

Course duration

 

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year
  • Foundation + 3 year  BSc : 4 years
  • Foundation + 4 year BSc (including placement) or MPharm/ MOptom/ Mbiol: 5 years.

 

UCAS code: H190

 

Fees: £9,250 per year Home/ EU. International students: regardless of English language ability should apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science. Non-native English speaking Home/ EU fee paying students not reaching the required English language ability for first year entry to their programme of choice (i.e. IELTS scores not above 6.5 overall with 6 in every band) should also apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science so that support in English can be provided (the Home/ EU fee will be charged).

 

Entry requirements:

 

Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): For students with good A-level (or equivalent) grades, but who narrowly miss our standard requirements, it is also possible to gain entry to the undergraduate course by completing the Foundation Programme in Science at Aston University, however, please note below the specific entry requirements which must be checked and please note the progression requirements.

 

International Foundation Programme in Science (Aston University): We welcome international students with equivalent qualifications to apply for our courses. For international students without equivalent qualifications, it is also possible to gain entry to the undergraduate course by completing the International Foundation Programme at Aston University, although please note the progression requirements and the entry requirements to our courses. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

 

Admissions Review Process

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation. Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with lower predicted grades if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below. If you have the relevant subjects and predictions of CCC we recommend making an application for year 1 of the course. Find out more about our admissions policy.

 

Applicant Visit Days

 

Once you have received an offer, you will be invited to an Applicant Visit Day to discover more about the course and Aston University.

 

Typical offers

 

GCSEs:

 

Five GCSEs which must include Mathematics and English Language all at grade C/4. Please note we do not accept Key skills or Functional skills in place of these.

 

English Language:

 

For EU applicants, if you have achieved a lower IELTS score than: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each test then you will be required to complete the International Foundation Programme.

 

 A Levels:

 

 

 

Excluded subjects: We welcome the following subjects as an additional A Level, but not as one of the core three A Levels - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies. 

 

Programme Grades

Biomedical Science     

Biological Sciences

Biochemistry

CCC in three A Level subjects, which must include Biology.

Biomedical Engineering

For this course you will need to apply for the Foundation Programme in Engineering & Applied Science UCAS Code: H100. Further information on entry requirements.

Healthcare Science (Audiology)

BBB in any three A Level subjects.

BBC in three A Level subjects which must include one science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

Neuroscience

CCC in three A Level subjects which must include either Biology or Chemistry.

Optometry (BSc/MOptom)

BBB in any three A Level subjects.

BBC in three A Level subjects which must include two sciences from Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics.

MPharm - Pharmacy

You need achieve a total of three A-Levels and the grades will vary depending on how many science subjects you are taking. We accept the following sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths

0 Sciences - BBB

1 Science - BBC

2 Sciences - BCC

3 Sciences - CCC.

Psychology (Single/Joint Honours)

CCC in any three A Level subjects.

 

 

 

BTEC:

 

We consider BTEC qualifications in any subject which are taken with the relevant A Level subjects as listed below. Please note we welcome the following subjects as an additional A level, but not as one of required A levels listed in the table - General Studies, Critical Thinking, Citizenship Studies.

 

 

 

Programme BTEC Qualification Grades and A Level requirements

Biomedical Science

Biological Sciences

Biochemistry

Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS grade C in A level Biology.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology.
Neuroscience

Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.
Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS grade C in A level Biology or Chemistry.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology or Chemistry.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology or Chemistry

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Biology or Chemistry

Biomedical Engineering

For this course you will need to apply for the Foundation Programme in Engineering & Applied Science UCAS Code: H100. Further information on entry requirements.

Healthcare Science (Audiology)

Extended Diploma

BTEC National (RQF First teaching from September 2016) Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only.

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in any subject PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in any BTEC subject PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.
MPharm - Pharmacy Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science subject only PLUS grade C in A level Chemistry.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS grade C in A level Chemistry.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.
90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include Chemistry.
Psychology (Single/Joint Honours) Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS one A level at grade C in any subject.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.
90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in Applied Science, Social Science, Humanities, Business, Law, Health & Social Care or related subjects only PLUS two A levels at grade CC in any subject.
Optometry (BSc/MOptom) Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Diploma/National Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS one A level at grade C in a science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

Subsidiary/National Extended Certificate

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

90 Credit Diploma

Distinction, Distinction (DD) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

National Foundation Diploma

Distinction (D) in Applied Science PLUS two A levels at grade CC which must include one science subject from: Biology, Chemistry, Physics OR Maths.

 

 

 

 International Baccalaureate Diploma:

 

Programmes Grades

Biomedical Science

Biological Sciences

Biochemistry

27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology.

Biomedical Engineering

For this course you will need to apply for the Foundation Programme in Engineering & Applied Science UCAS Code: H100. Further information on entry requirements.

Healthcare Science (Audiology)

29 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 4, which must include two science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

31 points overall and grade 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level in any subjects

Neuroscience

27 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 4, 4, 4 which must include Biology or Chemistry.

Optometry (BSc/MOptom)

29 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 4, which must include two science from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

31 points overall and grade 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level in any subjects.

MPharm - Pharmacy

29 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 5, 5, 4, which must include Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Maths.

Psychology (Single/Joint Honours)

27 points overall and grade 4, 4, 4 at Higher Level in any subjects.

 

 

 

Non-standard qualifications

 

 

 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

 

Progression:

 

Typical offer level (minimum grades indicated - progression to some courses may require higher entry grades - please state your degree of interest at application).

 

Upon successful completion of this programme you can progress onto any of the Life & Health Sciences undergraduate degree programmes provided you meet the progression criteria for your selected degree. 

 

Please note that you should state your intended progression route upon application. The admissions team will then assess your application against the criteria for the progression route that you have stated. Normally, changes of progression route will only be possible after you have received your foundation programme results and if: 

 

(i) you meet the entry criteria for the newly chosen programme 

 

(ii) there is space on the newly chosen programme

 

(iii) you meet the progression criteria for the newly chosen programme

 

(iv) the admissions tutor of the newly chosen programme agrees

 

For example, if you enter the foundation programme in science with a BTEC with no additional A levels, and state your intended progression route as BSc Biomedical Science, you would not be able to change your intended progression route to BSc Optometry.

Course outline

The foundation year offers the opportunity for a wide range of people with different qualifications to enter the challenging and exciting world of science and subjects allied to medicine. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on those to smooth your transition to a University environment. Study the processes of sensation and perception at a biological, neurophysiological and psychological level. Refresh your knowledge of biology, understand the role of physics in the healthcare sciences and improve your numeracy and study skills. Provided suitable grades are achieved at the end of the course, progression onto a degree programme is guaranteed.

Subject guide and modules

Get the fundamental knowledge and skills in order for people to successfully achieve a degree in science or subjects allied to medicine.    

  • Senses and Perception (15 credits)

  • Mathematics for health scientists (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)

  • Professional skills (15 credits) or Academic Language Skills 1 (15 credits)

  • Plus:
    Foundation Chemistry 1 (15 credits) or Developmental Psychology (15 credits)

    And 3 from:

  • Physics for Health Scientists (15 credits)

  • Biological and Biochemical Science Foundations (15 credits)

  • Foundation Chemistry 2 (15 credits)

  • Identities and Inequalities (15 credits)

  • Introductory Marketing (15 credits)

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will be taught by staff from Aston University (School of Life and Health Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Science) as well as some modules being taught in conjunction with Birmingham Metropolitan College. You can expect to attend lectures, seminars, lab classes, workshops and clinical experiences which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.

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