BSc Environmental Science with Foundation Year

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BSc Environmental Science with Foundation Year gives you a broad introduction to the key themes of environmental science. It allows you to develop the base of knowledge and skills before you take a generalised approach, blending different areas of environmental science, or you can choose to specialise down one of three branches; Global Environmental Change, Environmental Biosciences or Environmental Geosciences.

Foundation year

Image of a student in a lectureThe foundation year of the programme provides people with non-standard entry qualifications a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the Department of Geography. This year is carefully designed to build your confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success.

The foundation year is taught within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. During this year, you'll be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed.

This foundation year also includes a range of opportunities to become involved in the life of the Department of Geography.

Progression to the Department of Geography

Students will progress to the Department of Geography after completing their foundation year, subject to meeting progression thresholds which differ across courses and departments. These will be discussed with applicants at interview. These thresholds can also be found by searching for the relevant degree course within the University's Programme Regulations Finder and viewing information relating to 'Year 0'.

For more information about this degree programme see the BSc Environmental Science webpage.

Programme duration

Foundation Year: 1 year full-time within the Department for Lifelong Learning

 Levels 1-3: 3 years full-time within the Department of Geography

Teaching and learning methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Problem solving classes
  • Field studies
  • Independent study
  • Skills and subject-based tutorials
  • Group work
  • On-line activities.
  • Revision workshops
  • Laboratory sessions

Programme details

The links below will take you to more detailed information:

About the programme structure

About the higher levels of study of this degree programme

About the Department of Geography

UCAS code: F901

To apply for this course

As this is a full-time course you will need to apply for admission through UCAS, using the course code: F901, but before you apply please carefully read:

Statistics about this course

The figures below give you key information about this course. The data has been independently collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).