Science Foundation

Foundation year (the first year of a 4 year programme) Science Foundation 2016/17

This programme is a gateway to higher education programmes for students who can demonstrate an interest in scientific issues. Applicants for the Science Foundation year do not need to have a significant prior knowledge of science but should be motivated to study the subject.

Some people who like science have, for a range of reasons, not been able to follow up their enthusiasm. For example, school/college timetables might have prevented a student from following their interest in science and technology, family commitments might have precluded further science study, or a student may not have the requisite science background for a formal degree programme. The Science Foundation enables you to overcome those issues.

Foundation students are very motivated, and a strong group identity develops amongst them. In later degree studies, it is possible to positively identify students who have taken the Foundation route by their self-confidence and capability in science.

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.

Science Foundation is considered to be the first year of a four year programme of study leading to one of the science degrees offered at Canterbury Christ Church University. Science programmes include Biosciences, Environmental Science, Environmental Biology, Integrated Science, Animal Science, Plant Science and Ecology and Conservation. Learning in Science includes training in the transferable skills of numeracy, literacy, computing, data handling and oral presentation, among others.

Single Honours Modules

Foundation Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Skills
  • General Science 1
  • General Science 2

Combined Honours Modules

Foundation Year

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Skills
  • General Science 1
  • General Science 2


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year.

The following years of study after the foundation year are subject to the standard undergraduate fee. Visit the relevant degree page for full details. 

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • D301 Animal Science
  • C192 Biosciences
  • C182 Ecology and Conservation
  • C168 Environmental Biology
  • F855 Environmental Science
  • N121 Integrated Science
  • C240 Plant Science


  • 1 year full-time (plus 3 years full-time)

Entry requirements

  • Candidates without formal qualifications are usually interviewed and they need to demonstrate an interest in Science. Candidates should be sufficiently motivated to benefit from study at this level and should be able to work co-operatively. More entry requirement details.



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