Science foundation year
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Are you interested in studying for a Science or Engineering
degree, but don’t think you have the right background?
If you can show commitment and motivation, but don’t have the
standard entry qualifications, a Science or Engineering degree with
a foundation year could be for you.
Who is it for?
The first year (referred to as the foundation year) of these
degrees has been designed for applicants who match any of the
- you have completed two years of A level study, or equivalent,
but your subject qualifications
are not suitable for direct entry to the three-year BSc/BEng
- you have work experience in science or engineering
- you have qualifications in subjects other than science,
engineering or mathematics
- your first language is not English, and you would benefit from
an additional year of study in both English language and
- you are returning to formal education after a significant
Why choose the course?
- is delivered at the University's Hull campus giving you a real
university experience from day one
- will provide you with a solid base of scientific knowledge and
- has built in progression to your chosen degree level course
upon successful completion of the foundation year
- is taught by staff who understand the skills and knowledge
required for your degree course
- provides students whose first language is not English, with the
opportunity to improve both their science knowledge and improve
their English language.
What can I study?
Areas of study in the first year (referred to as the foundation
year) include some of the following, as appropriate to the chosen
Compulsory and optional modules vary according to the degree you
On successful completion of the first year, you will have gained
an excellent foundation of scientific knowledge and skills on which
to build as you progress to studying your chosen degree
Where do I study?
The foundation year is delivered at the University’s Hull
campus, giving you a real university experience from day one.
How am I assessed?
Modules are assessed in a variety of ways such as coursework,
practical assignments, field work, group work and examinations.
Support is provided to all students to help with assessment tasks
and revision. For those prospective students who are either
unfamiliar with or require additional support for exam preparation,
help is always available.
There are excellent opportunities for international students
with an appropriate science or engineering background but whose
level of English has yet to meet the entry requirements for a
three-year degree. Language support is provided through the
University’s Language Institute, enabling you to develop your
English to the level required for the rest of your degree.
For international students, the faculty also offers standalone
foundation year certificate programmes that provide a route onto
our degree programmes in Science and Engineering, with an extended
English support variant also available.
Full details of the four-year programmes on offer in each of
these areas can be found by following the subject links above.
If you're interested in finding out more about the foundation
year for science and engineering degrees, please get in touch with
the admissions tutor in the relevant school by email, telephone or
in writing to the address below: