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.
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.
You'll be assessed through examinations, essays, practical reports and presentations.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 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 introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4.
This module will introduce important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4.
- to develop the students competence and confidence in the use of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
- to enable students to communicate effectively with their peers and fellow and teachers
- to accustomise students with the conventions and the practices of academic English
- to develop students’ vocabulary, grammar and academic English in relation to their chosen subject pathways
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.
The aims of the module are to (1) introduce students to some of the key concepts and skills that psychologist in different areas of the discipline require, (2) provide knowledge and understanding of psychology as an academic discipline and of psychology’s role in society, (3) foster independent learning by initiating student-led tasks, and (4) develop key skills relevant to pursuing further academic study of psychology. These outcomes will facilitate progression to Level 4 of the BSc Psychology.
Assessment: Coursework 1(a series of in-class tests) 75% + Coursework 2 (a presentation) 25% [Pass on aggregate]
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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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