The Science Foundation takes a holistic approach to Science. Although there are separate sessions in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, these are strongly linked both in content and in assessment.
Additionally, there is a cross boundary section called Skills which incorporates the necessary study skills for work in higher education (an invaluable help for those who have not studied for some time or who feel they need to improve their way of studying). This section also includes the skills needed for science such as scientific methodology and mathematics.
Other topics covered are a study of organisms and processes of life, the nature of matter and chemical systems as well as some general physics. The needs of individual students are addressed by teaching in small, friendly groups.
Each student is allocated a personal tutor to support them during their time at the University. Practical work is a major part of the teaching and learning. Assignments are constructively assessed and students are encouraged to contribute to group discussion.