Science foundation year

Chemical Engineering students in the Chemical Engineering lab

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 following criteria:

  • 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 degrees
  • 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 science
  • you are returning to formal education after a significant break

Why choose the course?

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 study skills
  • 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 degree subject:

Compulsory and optional modules vary according to the degree you choose.

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 subject.

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.

International students

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.

Further information

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:

School Telephone Email
Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences +44 (0)1482 465198
Chemistry +44 (0)1482 465475
Computer Science +44 (0)1482 465067
Engineering +44 (0)1482 465141
Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences +44 (0)1482 465575
Physics and Mathematics +44 (0)1482 465501
Psychology +44 (0)1482 465397
Sport, Health and Exercise Science +44 (0)1482 463657
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