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International Foundation Programme Sciences - Prep Diploma

Why study this course?

This course will give you the chance to spend a year preparing for a university degree course in London. You'll be able to develop your subject knowledge, English language skills and the study skills you will need to go on to a degree course.

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The International Foundation Programme Sciences course is a one-year programme designed to prepare EU and overseas students for an undergraduate degree at London Met.

You’ll be introduced to key concepts in the sciences, develop key study and English language skills, and gain an orientation to higher education in the UK.

It will also introduce you to academic study in the UK and, if necessary, help you to reach a level equivalent to at least 5.5 IELTS in English. You'll be registered as a London Metropolitan University student, and successful students are guaranteed a place on a suitable degree course at London Met.

For more information about becoming an international student at London Met please see the international section of our website.

Please note that there is no UK public (or Student Finance England) funding available for this course.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.

 

You will need:

  • good results in 12 years of education, and to have completed high school or similar in your own country

You can apply before you have your results.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning
    • all year (September start) - Friday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday morning

    This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
    • all year (January start) - Wednesday afternoon

    This module will introduce important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4.

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  • This module focuses on helping students to raise their level of English across the four main skills areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening in preparation for entry to a range of undergraduate degrees

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of minitests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module introduces students to some of the key concepts and skills required by psychologists in different areas of the discipline. It provides an understanding of some of (1) key concepts and skills required to become a capable scientist able to conduct psychological research, and (2) what being a psychologist involves, the types of things psychologists in different areas of practice do (e.g., counselling psychology, forensic psychology, occupational psychology), the issues they have to confront, and the skills they require. Through lectures, workshops, seminars, and independent study students develop an understanding of psychology not only as an academic discipline but also of its role in society. The module is delivered in a manner that is conducive to students with little or no background in psychology. The learning outcomes are assessed through four short coursework assignments (500-1000 words, with each counting for 20%) and a multiple choice exam (20%).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
    • all year (January start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    The module introduces students to the application of the science of nutrition and sport in health and disease. It intends to offer a general insight into each area; students will discover the key concepts of nutritional and sport science.

    The module will provide a greater understanding thereby allowing students with little or no sport or nutritional science background to progress to undertake a degree in Human Nutrition, Dietetics, Sport Science or Sports Therapy at level 4.

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The course will enable you to improve your English and gain the skills you need for degree-level study. You can choose from one of the following subject pathways:

  • Architecture and Interior Design
  • Art, Media and Design
  • Sciences
  • Business Studies
  • Computing, Technology and Mathematics
  • Humanities & Social Science
  • Law

You will study a combination of modules from your subject pathway giving you an introduction to your subject area. You will also improve your learning and research skills, and take English modules, should you need to improve your language skills.

Foundation English: teaches you the written and spoken English language you need for study at University in the United Kingdom.

Foundation Studies: covers all the skills you need for higher education study – finding information, reading, & writing essays.

You also study modules specific to your pathway, giving you an introduction to your subject area.

"A helpful course. I definitely learned so much from it."

If you pass the International Foundation Programme (IFP) you'll be automatically offered a place on a science-related undergraduate degree.

You can study the IFP from September to June or from January to July. You can then join your chosen bachelors degree in the following September.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

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Please note, fees and course details may be subject to change.

When to apply

We accept applications for all courses starting in September one year before the start of the course. You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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