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International Foundation in Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences

Prepare for direct entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree in subjects such as Biology, Geography and Medical Sciences at the University of Exeter.

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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Key facts

Course length: 3 - 4 Terms (7 - 12 months)
Start dates: January, June, September, October
Fees: From £19,235
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 the University of Exeter.

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 the University of Exeter.

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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 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above
All students must be 17 by the end of their academic year of study, no later than 31 August.
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 University of Exeter you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth over £5,000.

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


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £19,235
7 January 2019 30 August 2019 3 Terms £19,235

Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 17

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Students fill conical flask in science laboratory at University of Exeter

This degree aims to bridge the gap between research and the needs of frontline clinicians – a fascinating degree that will provide you with the key skills in helping to progress scientific discoveries to improve society’s health.

Learning is varied and innovative on this course, with a mix of lectures from world-leading experts, small group learning, e-learning resources to make the most of and practical sessions in research laboratories.

Developed with industry employers, the NHS and academia, this undergraduate course builds a solid foundation for you to begin your career in Medical Sciences.


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?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the 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
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

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 4.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above
All students must be 17 by the end of their academic year of study, no later than 31 August.
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 University of Exeter you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth over £5,000.

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


Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
25 June 2018 7 June 2019 4 Terms £23,985
1 October 2018 30 August 2019 4 Terms £24,130

Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 17

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Students fill conical flask in science laboratory at University of Exeter

This degree aims to bridge the gap between research and the needs of frontline clinicians – a fascinating degree that will provide you with the key skills in helping to progress scientific discoveries to improve society’s health.

Learning is varied and innovative on this course, with a mix of lectures from world-leading experts, small group learning, e-learning resources to make the most of and practical sessions in research laboratories.

Developed with industry employers, the NHS and academia, this undergraduate course builds a solid foundation for you to begin your career in Medical Sciences.


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?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the 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
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in writing and no less than 4.5 in all other subskills) or equivalent.

Age requirements: 16 years and above
All students must be 17 by the end of their academic year of study, no later than 31 August.
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 University of Exeter you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth over £5,000.

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

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
17 September 2018 7 June 2019 3 Terms £19,235
7 January 2019 30 August 2019 3 Terms £19,235

Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 17

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Students fill conical flask in science laboratory at University of Exeter

This degree aims to bridge the gap between research and the needs of frontline clinicians – a fascinating degree that will provide you with the key skills in helping to progress scientific discoveries to improve society’s health.

Learning is varied and innovative on this course, with a mix of lectures from world-leading experts, small group learning, e-learning resources to make the most of and practical sessions in research laboratories.

Developed with industry employers, the NHS and academia, this undergraduate course builds a solid foundation for you to begin your career in Medical Sciences.

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?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the 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
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

How do I qualify?

English language requirements:

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

Age requirements: 16 years and above
All students must be 17 by the end of their academic year of study, no later than 31 August.
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 University of Exeter you may also qualify for a progression scholarship worth over £5,000.

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

Dates and prices

Start date End date Course length Fees
25 June 2018 7 June 2019 4 Terms £23,985
1 October 2018 30 August 2019 4 Terms £24,130

Class information

Class hours:

22-25 hours per week

Class size: 17

Where will it take me?

Featured progression degree
Students fill conical flask in science laboratory at University of Exeter

This degree aims to bridge the gap between research and the needs of frontline clinicians – a fascinating degree that will provide you with the key skills in helping to progress scientific discoveries to improve society’s health.

Learning is varied and innovative on this course, with a mix of lectures from world-leading experts, small group learning, e-learning resources to make the most of and practical sessions in research laboratories.

Developed with industry employers, the NHS and academia, this undergraduate course builds a solid foundation for you to begin your career in Medical Sciences.

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?

You will be assessed in each module. Assessment is both formative and summative, designed not simply to pass or fail students, but to help you build on our success and meet the requirements for entry to the the first year of a degree. Marks from the 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
  • practical
  • exercises
  • group and individual research projects
  • portfolios
  • oral presentations
  • seminar discussions
  • class tests
  • problem solving exercises

Through formative assessments you receive feedback on your performance which will enable you to improve before the final summative assessments.

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