STEM Foundation Year

UCAS code: Varies by pathway

Develop the key transferable skills and subject-specific knowledge needed to join science-based degrees in the subject areas of biology, computer engineering, computer science or geography at Edge Hill University.

Overview

Course length: 4 years full-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Biology and BiosciencesComputing and ITEngineeringGeography and Geology
Department: Language Centre
A student gives a presentation to their peers during a seminar in a classroom in the Catalyst building.

The STEM Foundation Year provides the opportunity to study an integrated 4-year programme where you will complete a Foundation Year before progressing onto a degree in biology, computer science, computer engineering, or geography and geology, subject to passing all assessments. The information below describes the Foundation Year only. The curriculum for the subsequent three years is outlined on corresponding course pages.

The STEM Foundation Year provides the opportunity to develop scientific skills and knowledge, tailored to your individual needs, that will enable you to progress onto the first-year of selected science-based degrees at Edge Hill University. The programme equips you with the key transferable skills needed for Higher Education and future employment. It is suitable if you meet the University’s minimum entry criteria but do not meet the subject-specific requirements for science-based courses or wish to extend your scientific knowledge base prior to joining a relevant degree. You will develop skills in academic writing, critical analysis, systematic thinking and personal reflection, and receive a broad overview of applied mathematics and physics. The programme includes three pathways which enable you to enhance your scientific knowledge in computer programming, biology or geography. The pathway you will study is determined by your intended degree and whether it is based in the Department of Biology, the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Geography and Geology.

Please note, this Foundation Year does not normally lead to an award or qualification in its own right, however successful completion of the Foundation Year at the required pass mark enables progression onto a relevant degree at Edge Hill University.

What you'll study

The STEM Foundation Year combines the core fundamental knowledge, which underpins science subjects, with the skills that form the foundation of studying at university.

You will hone your skills in academic writing, critical analysis and systematic thinking and learn how to reflect on your academic experiences. A group project enables you to work as part of a team and produce a significant piece of work focused on the acquisition, handling and application of a wide range of information sources.

You will also receive a firm grounding in applied mathematics and physics and choose from one of three subject-specific modules that provide introductions to computer programming, biology and geography respectively. The optional module studied will be determined by your intended degree upon completion of the Foundation Year.

On successful completion of the STEM Foundation Year, you will progress to Year 1 of your intended degree.

Compulsory modules:

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Academic Writing

Applied Mathematics

Critical Analysis and Systematic Thinking for Higher Education

Group Project

Physics

One of:

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Introduction to Biology

Introduction to Geosciences

Introduction to Programming

How you'll study

The programme focuses on student activity as a means of learning. Classes are highly interactive, with practical application of concepts a key factor, as well as cases drawn from real-life. Workshops, seminars, group tutorials and practical activities provide opportunities for you to work interdependently.

The STEM Foundation Year is delivered on a full-time basis. You may be required to attend up to four days a week. Upon completion of the STEM Foundation Year, you will continue your degree on a full-time basis, with the option to switch to part-time delivery on some programmes if you wish, subject to availability.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays, presentations and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team. Assessment therefore includes both forms of participation, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will learn about the very latest developments in subjects from tutors who are leaders in their fields and whose research feeds directly into their teaching. The programme team regularly engage with the wider business and academic environment in sharing knowledge, while also contributing to academic conferences and journals.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 96-104 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level CCC-BCC.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Merit, Merit, Merit (MMM).
T Level Overall grade of Pass (C or above on the core).
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction, 15 credits at Merit and 15 credits at Pass. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 5.0, with a score no lower than 4.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Each course has a bespoke UCAS code for its four-year pathway which includes the integrated foundation year.

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

UCAS codes for Biology progression routes

  • BSc (Hons) Biology with Foundation Year – C109
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year – B919
  • BSc (Hons) Biotechnology with Foundation Year  – B219
  • BSc (Hons) Ecology & Conservation with Foundation Year – C189
  • BSc (Hons) Genetics with Foundation Year – SR99
  • BSc (Hons) Plant Science with Foundation Year – CC29

UCAS codes for Computer Engineering and Computer Science progression routes

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Engineering with Foundation Year – G609
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Foundation Year – CS19
  • BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year – G419
  • BSc (Hons) Computing (Games Programming) with Foundation Year – G619
  • BSc (Hons) Computing (Networking, Security & Forensics) with Foundation Year – I299
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Foundation Year – H619
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business with Foundation Year – GN59
  • BSc (Hons) Robotics & Artificial Intelligence with Foundation Year – GH79
  • BSc (Hons) Web Design & Development with Foundation Year – W4D9

UCAS codes for Geography and Geology progression routes

  • BSc (Hons) Geoenvironmental Hazards with Foundation Year – FF79
  • BSc (Hons) Geography with Foundation Year – F809
  • BSc (Hons) Geography & Geology with Foundation Year – FF69
  • BSc (Hons) Geology with Geography with Foundation Year – 8T19

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

Law and Psychology buildingThe STEM Foundation Year is delivered by the Language Centre at Edge Hill University and is available to UK and overseas students.

The Language Centre is located on the ground floor of the £6million Law and Psychology building. The three-storey building includes a 265-seat lecture theatre, seminar and tutorial rooms, and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning.

Upon successful completion of the STEM Foundation Year, you will be based in the Department of Biology, Department of Computer Science or Department of Geography and Geology, depending on your chosen degree.

Where you'll study

BioSciences

GeoSciences

Tech Hub

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Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress from the STEM Foundation Year and through your intended degree.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

The programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to progress onto Year 1 of your intended degree in biology, computer science, computer engineering or geography at Edge Hill University.

Please note, places on specific degrees are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. In the unlikely event that your intended degree is not available upon successful completion of the STEM Foundation Year, you will be offered the opportunity to progress onto the first year of an alternative degree relevant to your choice of specialism.

You should be aware that the STEM Foundation Year is designed to enable progression onto relevant degrees at Edge Hill University and may not be accepted by other institutions.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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