Foundation Programme in Science

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • Entry requirements
    See below for further information.

Key dates

  • Open day
    Saturday 6 October 2018
  • Application deadline
    15 January
  • 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, you will be able to progress onto an undergraduate programme.

Entry requirements

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 should apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science.

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

Undergraduate Programme Foundation Programme Requirements

BSc Biology/ Biomedical Science

BSc Biochemistry           

A Levels (first attempt): 
CCC including C in A-level Biology 

BTEC: 
DDD BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science)
Or DD BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, plus A level Biology at grade C
Or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D plus two A Levels including Biology at grade CC

IB:
29 points (Biology higher level 4 points)
BEng Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering applicants should apply to the Foundation Programme in Engineering & Applied Science.

 

BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology)* 


A Levels (first attempt):
BBC (any subject)
BCC (2 Sciences)
CCC (Care Leavers with 2 science A Levels)

BTEC:
DDD BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science 
Or DD BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, plus A Level science (Biology, Physics or Chemistry) grade B
Or BTEC Subsidiary Diploma D, plus 2 A Levels (including 1 science from Biology, Physics or Chemistry) grade BB

IB:
29 points (including two science subjects, Maths, Physics or appropriate subject at Higher Level)

*Please note that BSc Healthcare Science (audiology) is unable to take international students due to placement requirements. We will be considering international students for 2018 intake.
BSc Neuroscience A Levels (first attempt): :

BBB (any subject)
BBC (with 2 sciences)
CCC for care leavers with 2 science A levels

BTEC: 
DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade C in A level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Applied Science or Physics).
or
DD in BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science). With these qualifications we also require grades C and C in two A levels including one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology, Psychology, Applied Science or Physics).

IB:
30 points including 4 points in Higher Level Chemistry/ Biology 

BSc Optometry/ MOptom   A Levels (first attempt) : 
BBB (any subject)
BBC (with 2 sciences)
CCC for care leavers with 2 science A levels

BTEC: 
DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) together with grade C in A level in a Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics).

Or

DD in BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science). With these qualifications we also require grade C in two A level science subjects.

IB:
30 points overall, including 5 points in Higher Level Biology and 5 points in Higher Level Chemistry or Physics, 5 points in Higher Level Maths or 6 points in Standard Level Maths and 5 points in Standard Level English.

 MPharm

A Levels (first attempt): 
BBC including B in A-level  Chemistry and C in Maths/ Biology/ Physics
Care Leavers require CCC with A levels in Chemistry and Maths/Biology/ physics

 

BTEC:
DDD BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science, Laboratory & Industrial Science or Medical Science) plus A level Chemistry at grade C
Or DD BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, plus two A levels at grade C, including Chemistry.


IB:
30 points overall, including 6 points in Higher Level Chemistry and 5 in Higher Level Biology or Physics, 4 points in Higher Level Maths or 5 points in Standard Level Maths and 5 points in Standard Level English.
BSc Psychology Programmes A Levels (first attempt):
CCC

BTEC:
DDD BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care
or

DD BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science, Social Science or Health and Social Care, plus A level at grade C (excluding General Studies)
or
D BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, plus two A Levels at grade CC

IB:
29 points

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.

See full list of programme specific criteria here.

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 (20 credits)    
  • Professional skills (20 credits)   
  • Mathematics for healthcare sciences (20 credits)   
  • Biology (20 credits)   
  • Physics for healthcare sciences (20 credits)   
  • Additional elective subject (Chemistry for progression to MPharm or could include Developmental Psychology or Sociology modules) (20 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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