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International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of a wide range of undergraduate degrees in subjects including Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Psychology and Zoology at Newcastle University.

Course features

  • Develop the knowledge and skills for your chosen degree through a specialist pathway.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students. Find out more about our money back guarantee.
  • Benefit from smaller class sizes than at university, meaning you'll have more time with your teachers.
  • Adapt to studying in the UK thanks to university-style teaching for subject-based modules.
  • Guidance with your university applications, so you choose the best degree for you.
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A quality-assured university programme, validated by Newcastle University.

Key facts

Course length: 3 - 4 Terms (8 - 12 months)
Start dates: January, June, September
Fees: From £19,500
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language requirements: From: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Award:

International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from Newcastle University.

Course options:
  • Standard (3 terms, our popular 9 month programme.)
  • Extended (4 terms, contains an additional term of English language.)
A quality-assured university programme, validated by Newcastle University.

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Develop both your academic knowledge and English language skills in just nine months.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
24 September 2018 14 June 2019 3 Terms £19,500
7 January 2019 6 September 2019 3 Terms £19,500

Class information

Class hours:

26 hours per week minimum

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Student working in pharmacy lab with science equipment

If you want a career as a pharmacist, this is the degree for you!

You’ll develop scientific, technical and communication skills, as well as the knowledge needed to prepare you for providing high-quality patient care.

Practical, hands-on experience is an essential part of the degree, and you’ll complete placements to prepare you for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings which pharmacists work in.

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported for the next step in your professional journey. After your degree you’ll need to complete pre-registration training so you can register as a pharmacist.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving
Study one term of English before continuing on to your academic pathway programme. Perfect if you need to improve your English level by 0.5 IELTS point.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
28 June 2018 14 June 2019 4 Terms £24,250
24 September 2018 6 September 2019 4 Terms £24,400

Class information

Class hours:

26 hours per week minimum

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Student working in pharmacy lab with science equipment

If you want a career as a pharmacist, this is the degree for you!

You’ll develop scientific, technical and communication skills, as well as the knowledge needed to prepare you for providing high-quality patient care.

Practical, hands-on experience is an essential part of the degree, and you’ll complete placements to prepare you for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings which pharmacists work in.

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported for the next step in your professional journey. After your degree you’ll need to complete pre-registration training so you can register as a pharmacist.


What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
24 September 2018 14 June 2019 3 Terms £19,500
7 January 2019 6 September 2019 3 Terms £19,500

Class information

Class hours:

26 hours per week minimum

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Student working in pharmacy lab with science equipment

If you want a career as a pharmacist, this is the degree for you!

You’ll develop scientific, technical and communication skills, as well as the knowledge needed to prepare you for providing high-quality patient care.

Practical, hands-on experience is an essential part of the degree, and you’ll complete placements to prepare you for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings which pharmacists work in.

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported for the next step in your professional journey. After your degree you’ll need to complete pre-registration training so you can register as a pharmacist.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 17 years and above
All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year. For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old on the published start date of the programme.
Academic requirements:

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

Don't meet the English language level?
Apply for our Academic English course
Scholarships

Find out if you qualify for one of our pathway scholarships.

When you continue to your degree at Newcastle University you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth £3,000.

All students are welcome to apply, no matter what your background or financial circumstance.

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
28 June 2018 14 June 2019 4 Terms £24,250
24 September 2018 6 September 2019 4 Terms £24,400

Class information

Class hours:

26 hours per week minimum

Class size: 16

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Student working in pharmacy lab with science equipment

If you want a career as a pharmacist, this is the degree for you!

You’ll develop scientific, technical and communication skills, as well as the knowledge needed to prepare you for providing high-quality patient care.

Practical, hands-on experience is an essential part of the degree, and you’ll complete placements to prepare you for clinical practice and introduce you to the varied settings which pharmacists work in.

Throughout your degree you’ll be supported for the next step in your professional journey. After your degree you’ll need to complete pre-registration training so you can register as a pharmacist.

What will I study?

All students complete modules tailored to your chosen degree subjects.

Please note that the module descriptions shown are for the 2018/19 academic year.

How will I be assessed?

Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.

Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.

Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including

  • written essays
  • reports
  • field notebooks
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • bibliographical searches
  • oral and video presentations
  • problem solving
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