International Foundation in General Science

Please note that this programme will no longer be available after January 2017.

Conduct experiments and practical sessions in our very own, fully equipped laboratories, providing the perfect preparation for a science-based university degree.

Why apply for the International Foundation programme?

  • Guaranteed offer of a place on the first year of an undergradaute degree at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • Full university status on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.

Course options available

  • International Foundation (3 terms) - this is the standard option, suitable for most students.

What is special about the programme?

The INTO University of East Anglia International Foundation programme combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and cultural orientation - all that you need for success at university.

It offers:

  • interactive seminars and university-standard laboratories
  • many practical classes related to your pathway, such as biotechnology and clinical chemistry
  • a 3-day residential field trip in your first term

You will receive support from your tutor on personal and academic issues, including advice on your studies and career plans.

We also have an International Progression team, who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia and arrange visits to your future school of study so that you can learn more about your chosen degree programme.

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the International Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Academic English and Study Skills

This module introduces and develops your skills in academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Through the study of authentic academic materials related to your field of study, you will develop the skills to read and interpret academic texts, practise using specialist vocabulary and write academic assignments.

You will also learn about academic conventions such as referencing. Extensive group work will help you gain the confidence and skills to participate in seminar discussions and give presentations.

This module also provides study skills sessions to help you to be more effective in your studies, including topics such as time management, critical thinking and preparing for exams.

Foundation Biology

This module covers the basic biological principles of organisation in living systems - from biochemistry, genetics and cells, to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems.

You will not only learn the facts and theories, but also undertake practical experiments to expand and consolidate your knowledge.

You will be taught through lectures, workshop activities, laboratory experiments, fieldwork and site visits, including a residential field course in the first term.

The residential course provides a good introduction to fieldwork and helps you get to know fellow students and tutors.

Foundation Chemistry

You will learn the basic principles of chemistry through a series of lectures, interactive workshops and laboratory practicals.

This module explores various principles of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry including atomic structure and chemical bonding, synthesis of organic compounds, acids and bases, reaction kinetics and thermodynamics.

You will gain a foundation that enables you to pursue chemistry at higher levels and study interdisciplinary science.

Foundation Physics

This module introduces the fundamental principles of physics.

You will study a wide range of topics (key physical quantities, kinematics, forces and collisions, waves, electricity, radioactivity and the nucleus, work, energy and power) in order to develop the key skills required for further study in the physical sciences.

Mathematics for Science

This module is designed for you if you are studying on International Foundation Science or Mathematics pathways.

Its objective is to provide you with an understanding of the key mathematical topics relevant to the sciences, including trigonometry, differential and integral calculus, logarithms, vectors, probability and statistics.

Plus choose two from the following list of modules:

Advanced Mathematics

This module is for you if you wish to progress to a mathematical degree or have a passion for the subject.

You will gain understanding in a number of topics including concepts of arithmetic and geometric series, further calculus, complex numbers and their algebra, trigonometric and transcendental functions, linear algebra, and numerical methods for solving equations.

Applied Physics

This module builds on principles introduced in Foundation Physics and focuses on the physical environmental sciences.

You will use your knowledge of forces and thermodynamics and apply these to weather and climate.

You will also further your understanding of forces and waves and apply it to geophysical sciences.

Further Chemistry

This module builds upon the basic principles taught in Foundation Chemistry.

You will increase your knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry as well as explore the principles of electrochemistry, analytical chemistry and spectroscopic techniques.

The module is taught through a series of lectures, interactive workshops and laboratory experiments, as well as a site visit to a working research institute.

Human Physiology

This module introduces you to some of the main organ systems of the human body, namely the circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, digestive and renal systems.

You will learn basic anatomy, and about how each system works on its own and in relation to other systems and processes in the body.

The module is delivered through a series of lectures and practical laboratory sessions.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is designed to help you build on your success and meet the requirements for entry to the first year of a degree. Grades from the International Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree but they help the University assess your abilities in your chosen field of study.

You are assessed by a combination of examination and course work, which may include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • practicals
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

3-term programme: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 4.5 in any subskill) or equivalent.

If the University degree programme you wish to progress to has an English language requirement of IELTS 7.0, we recommend you commence your International Foundation with a minimum of IELTS 6.0

The Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course. Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.


16 years and above.

You must be 17 years old by 15 September of the year you start your degree with UEA.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 – Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Mon 10 Apr 2017 – Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Fri 25 Aug 2017

Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; field trips and course-related excursions; and field trips, lab materials and personal protective equipment.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £205 per academic course
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

Where will this programme take me?

Successful completion of the International Foundation leads to the award of International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from UEA.

Our 100% progression guarantee:

We guarantee to find you a place to study on an appropriate degree and university if you successfully complete your International Foundation programme, follow professional advice offered by INTO staff and meet minimum attendance requirements.

As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of university progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:

  • successfully completing an interview;
  • having previously studied a relevant discipline;
  • having previously completed a degree; or
  • having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language.

Degree options

The General Science option leads to the following bachelor's degrees at the University of East Anglia:

School of Biological Sciences
School of Chemistry
School of Computing Sciences
School of Education
School of Environmental Sciences
School of Health Sciences (please note that progression is NOT guaranteed)
School of International Development
School of Mathematics
School of Natural Sciences
School of Pharmacy
School of Psychology