Life Sciences International Foundation

University of Surrey International Study Centre
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Course description

Life Sciences International Foundation:

The Life Sciences International Foundation Year leads to a wide range of degrees in biology and chemistry-related subjects at the University of Surrey. During the International Foundation Year you will study a core unit of general subject skills, and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

Assessment and coursework

You will be assessed through examinations and coursework, which could take the form of a presentation or extended essay.

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the undergraduate degrees in the list below. Grades and progression degrees are guidelines and subject to change. Upon successful completion of your programme, you can progress directly to one of the following degree programmes at the University of Surrey: BSc (Hons) Biochemistry BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) Biotechnology BSc (Hons) Food Science and Microbiology BSc (Hons) Microbiology BSc (Hons) Microbiology (Medical) BSc (Hons) Nutrition BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Food Science BSc (Hons) Veterinary Biosciences.

All degrees listed include the option to complete a Professional Training Year as part of your degree. The Professional Training Year takes place in year two of a four year sandwich degree. If you would like to take a Professional Training Year you will be able to select this option while at the International Study Centre before you progress to the University.

Core Modules

Academic English Skills

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in language and related academic skills, enabling you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Biology 1 & 2

These units will encourage students to develop their interest in biology through study of the molecules of life, cellular processes, energy systems, genetics and systems of life in plants and animals.

Chemistry 1 & 2

You will study formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, chemical bonding, redox reactions and thermodynamics. These units will also cover chemical equilibria, acid-base equilibria, reaction kinetics and topics in organic chemistry.

Core Maths & Statistics

In these units you will learn to recall arithmetic concepts, develop your knowledge of algebra and calculus and deepen your understanding of the role of mathematics in the world. You will study the use of graphs in solving equations, derivatives and integrals and concepts of statistical mathematics.

Additional entry requirements

Students should hold good high school graduation grades or equivalent academic study. International students only may apply. Students must be 17 years of age or above to study at the International Study Centre.

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Course info
Start Date: Mon 30th September 2019
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Guildford, GU2 7XH


12 months


Full time


Access to Higher Education


BeginnerIntermediate Advanced

From: £17,000

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