Life Sciences Foundation Year
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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 Nutrition
- 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.
This course will;
- 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
- small-group tutorials
- practical work.
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:
- laboratory/field notebooks
- scientific reports
- in class tests
- oral presentations.
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.
Specific 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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.