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Life Sciences Foundation
This course is subject to validation
UCAS code: C201
Start dates: September 2023
Full time: 1 year (leading to a 3-5 year degree course)
Department(s): Department of Biological and Medical Sciences
Our Foundation Year in Life Sciences provides you with the necessary scientific and mathematical background required for the degrees listed below.
This foundation year allows direct entry to the following science degrees at Oxford Brookes.
BSc Animal Biology and Conservation
BSc Biological Sciences
BSc Biological Sciences (Genetics and Genomics)
BSc Biological Sciences (Human Biosciences)
BSc Biological Sciences (Zoology)
BSc Biomedical Science
BSc Medical Science
BSc Sport and Exercise Science
BSc Sport, Coaching and Physical Education
BSc Physical Activity and Public Health
BSc Equine Science
MBiol Biological Sciences
The foundation year will form the first year of a four-year degree (or five-year degree if a placement year or the MBiol integrated Masters is chosen).
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Get degree ready
This foundation course will provide you with the necessary scientific and mathematical background required for degree-level study in science.
Direct entry onto a full-time degree
Successful completion of the programme will allow you direct entry on to a wide range of three-year science degree programmes at Oxford Brookes.
Free language courses
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
You will study a range of modules which will enable you to develop fundamental scientific, mathematical and academic skills in the life sciences, preparing you for your chosen degree programme.
We have designed this course to;
equip you with an underpinning knowledge and understanding of biological and chemical sciences
develop your confidence in mathematics for life scientists
prepare you for degree level study by developing skills including academic writing and communication of information
to introduce you to subjects that will help you to your progress to one of the relevant science degree courses.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching methods are designed to encourage and support students, and include;
lectures with question-and-answer sessions
All modules make use of the Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (typically for additional module resources, but also for blended content, as well as quizzes and coursework submissions).
We assess you through a variety of coursework methods, including:
in class tests
Foundation Academic Skills
The module is designed as an introduction to the styles of learning and skills expected of students in higher education, and to the particular academic culture of Oxford Brookes University. You will develop a reflective approach to study, centred on learning new skills such as referencing, source evaluation, academic writing and communication skills. This will prepare you for your studies in other modules on the foundation year, as well as your undergraduate degree.
Foundation Biological Sciences
Biology is one of the most exciting and challenging sciences you can choose to study. This module aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of biology, while at the same time developing your study skills to a level required for success on your undergraduate degree. You will be encouraged to explore and gain confidence in a broad range of topics including environmental science, biomedical science, ecology, anatomy and physiology.
This module is designed to improve your knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry that underpin a modern approach to the life sciences. It also aims to encourage you to ask fundamental questions of how science develops and to increase awareness of the experimental basis of scientific ideas. The overarching theme is the relationship between experiment, observations and the atomic model of matter. The module will also give you the opportunity to practise using simple mathematical ideas in more applied contexts.
This module is designed to give you the mathematical competence required to cope with degree level science modules. Throughout the module you will develop mathematical problem solving skills and the ability to present mathematical arguments clearly and succinctly.
This module offers you the opportunity to build on the skills developed in your other modules and to apply skills of collaborative learning and independent study. You will have the opportunity to further your understanding of an area of interest you have by designing and carrying out a project, which may be literature based or experimental.
Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.
The purpose of the foundation year is to allow you to progress onto one of our undergraduate science courses, rather than preparation for employment directly. Throughout the year you will be developing employability skills as part of your lectures, workshops and assessments. The potential careers the programme leads to will be dependent on the chosen degree.
Courses I can study after completing this foundation
Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.
UCAS Tariff Points: 32
A Level: N/A
IB Points: N/A
Further offer details
Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specific entry requirements
GCSE: GCSE Science grade 4 and 2 further GCSE'S grade 4 normally to include Maths and English
Please also see the University's general entry requirements.
English language requirements
Pathways courses for international and EU students
If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.
If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.
Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.
Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
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Please note, tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Financial support and scholarships
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our changes to programmes page.