Foundation Programme in Science

Aston Foundation Programme

Entry requirements

A-Levels at grade CCC or equivalent (full criteria below)

Once you have successfully completed this programme, you will be able to progress onto an undergraduate programme.
Develop your understanding in key life and health science subjects
Opportunity to progress onto an Aston undergraduate programme
An excellent introduction to studying your chosen subject
Study the processes of sensation and perception at a biological, neurophysiological and psychological level

Course duration:

  • Foundation programme only: 1 year
  • Foundation + 3 year  BSc : 4 years
  • Foundation + 4 year BSc (including placement) or MPharm/ MOptom/ Mbiol: 5 years.

UCAS code: H190

Fees: £9,250 per year Home/ EU. International students should apply for the International Foundation Programme in Science.

Typical offer level (minimum grades indicated - progression to some courses may require higher entry grades - please state your degree of interest at application).

  • A Level: CCC 
  • BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma 
  • IB: 29-30 points (including a science subject at Higher Level).


You can progress to all Life & Health Sciences undergraduate degree programmes through this programme if you meet some course related criteria. 

See full list of programme specific criteria here

The foundation year offers the opportunity for a wide range of people with different qualifications to enter the challenging and exciting world of science and subjects allied to medicine. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on those to smooth your transition to a University environment. Study the processes of sensation and perception at a biological, neurophysiological and psychological level. Refresh your knowledge of biology, understand the role of physics in the healthcare sciences and improve your numeracy and study skills. Provided suitable grades are achieved at the end of the course, progression onto a degree programme is guaranteed.

Get the fundamental knowledge and skills in order for people to successfully achieve a degree in science or subjects allied to medicine.    

  • Senses and Perception (20 credits)    
  • Professional skills (20 credits)   
  • Mathematics for healthcare sciences (20 credits)   
  • Biology (20 credits)   
  • Physics for healthcare sciences (20 credits)   
  • Additional elective subject (Chemistry for progression to MPharm or could include Developmental Psychology or Sociology modules) (20 credits).
You will be taught by staff from Aston University (School of Life and Health Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Science) as well as some modules being taught in conjunction with Birmingham Metropolitan College. You can expect to attend lectures, seminars, lab classes, workshops and clinical experiences which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.

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