International Foundation Programme Sciences - Prep Diploma

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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.

More about this 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.

Assessment

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

 

Fees and key information

Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code N/A
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Entry requirements

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.

Modular structure

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

    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. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.

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

    This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.

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

    - 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

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

    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 mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
    In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.

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

    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.

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

    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 aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4

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  • This module currently runs:
    • 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.

    The aim of this module is to give students a greater awareness of nutrition and sports science. Students will be able to appreciate the role that diet and lifestyle choices have in promoting health. The module will aim to introduce the major food groups and their nutritional composition. Students will have a greater understanding of the concept that individual diet and lifestyle choices have in influencing health and disease. The module will also encompass an introduction to the sports science field, including but not limited to physiology, anatomy, psychology and coaching. Students will achieve an understanding as to the role of therapists and scientists in sport with particular attention to the ways in which these careers may help to increase performance or prevent injury.

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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.

What our students say

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

After the course

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.

Additional costs

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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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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