Sciences (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This four-year degree includes a built-in foundation year (Year 0) that provides the knowledge necessary for entry onto one of our science-based BSc (Hons) courses. Designed for those with little to no scientific background, this course is ideal if you can’t meet the entry requirements for a standard undergraduate degree in science.

More about this course

During this course some of your teaching and learning will take place in our renowned Science Centre, which is home to our Superlab, one of the largest and most advanced science facilities in Europe. Equipped with 280 state-of-the-art workstations, it’s the perfect environment for you to gain practical skills and work independently on different experiments. You’ll be taught by tutors who are experts in their fields and whose years of experience in the industry will inform you learning.

The foundation year will see you gain the knowledge and key skills you’ll need in your subsequent years of scientific studies. It serves as an introduction to the core modules that are essential for a career in science, Biology, Chemistry and Numeracy. You’ll also have the chance to study one of two optional modules, biochemistry or nutrition and sports science.

Following your foundation year you’ll be ready to build on the knowledge you’ve acquired and progress onto one of our science-related BSc (Hons) degrees. You’ll study a wide variety of core and optional modules designed to give you the skills, qualifications and expertise necessary for a rewarding career.

Depending on the course you choose, in your third year you may also have the option to undertake a work placement, allowing you to establish invaluable connections and gain practical industry experience.

The course content and module choices for your subsequent three years of study will be no different to the options available to those following the three-year course without a foundation year.

On completion of the four-year course you will graduate with the same full undergraduate degree as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

This course is recognised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). If you are eligible, funding for the foundation year will follow the standard undergraduate funding regulations.


Assessment in your foundation year consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports and presentations – you’ll also receive feedback throughout your foundation year.

The assessment methods for the subsequent three years of the course depend on the specific science subject you choose to pursue following your foundation year.

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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level at grade C (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent)

You may apply if you have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher Education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas (eg biology and chemistry) which are required to study BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.

If you meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3 from 2017) in English and/or maths at GCSE, you may be offered a University test in these areas.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Year 0 modules include:

  • Biology (core, 30 credits)
  • Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits)
  • Biochemistry (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Chemistry (alternative core, 30 credits)
  • Nutrition and Sports Science (alternative core, 30 credits).

Modules for the subsequent three year of the degree course will vary depending on the course you choose to take after your foundation year.

What our students say

“It was very beneficial for me to study at London Metropolitan University as I am an adult student with a family and small children. The university timetable and the regulations suited me very well. I do not think I could have made it to this point if it were not for London Met. The lecturers were very helpful and friendly."

After the course

Completion of a science-related degree will open you up to a huge range of career options and can also act as a route into further specialist training or postgraduate study. London Met BSc graduates go on to work in an exciting range of professions all over the world, as biotechnologists, sports coaches, pharmaceutical scientists and more.

What is a degree with foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

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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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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