International Foundation Programme in Science

Aston Foundation Programme

Entry requirements

Excellent grades from your secondary school (or equivalent), and a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre. 

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

Academic and age requirements

You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat or Year 12) or equivalent. Please use the link below to view standard entry requirements by country.

Applicants who will be under 18 years of age at the start of the programme in September will be considered on individual basis upon receiving parental consent and evidence of a UK based guardian. 

English Language Requirements:
You will need a valid IELTS result from an approved UKVI test centre.  We require 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in each test).      
If you only hold the minimum listed above, you will be required to undertake English language modules as part of the programme. If you already meet the minimum 1st year English language entry requirements for your chosen degree programme, your English Language modules may be substituted with alternative modules.

Progression requirements (for entry to the 1st year of the BSc programme)


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

See full list of programme specific criteria here  

Tuition fee (2018/19 session):  £13,600    

The application is submitted online (Please select All as University School) 
It is free of charge to apply.

Together with your application you also must:

  • Supply copies of your academic qualifications achieved so far. If they are not in English, please provide a certified translation into English as well as copies in the original language

  • Provide copies of your English language qualifications(if you have any, or send it later)

  • Submit one academic letter of recommendation

  • Give details of the courses you are currently studying, along with any results you are waiting for 
  • Indicate which undergraduate degree programme you would like to progress on to.

If you have any queries, please contact us: engineering@aston.ac.uk 

Programme Duration: 1 academic year (September to June)

The International Foundation Programme in Science is a one year course designed for International students who do not have the required GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications for entry to Aston University undergraduate degree programmes and who want to study Science or related programmes. The programme is equivalent to the UK’s Year 13. 

This programme allows you to study modules in the key science topics needed to progress to the degree of your choice in Life and Health Sciences (please note that we are unable to accept international students on BSc Healthcare Science). In addition, you will receive support in language and study skills. You will have the best of both worlds - you will be taught at Aston University by both Aston University staff involved in research and by staff from Birmingham Metropolitan College. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your existing skills and knowledge and build on them to smooth your transition to a University environment. 

This programme will give you access to the following degrees in Aston's School of Life and Health Sciences:

  • MPharm (Pharmacy) - interview required

  • BSc Biological Sciences

  • BSc Biomedical Sciences 

  • BSc Biomedical Engineering

  • BSc Neuroscience

  • BSc/MOptom (Optometry)

  • BSc Psychology

  • BSc Psychology and Business

  • BSc Psychology and Sociology.

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

  • Sensation and Perception (20 credits)         
  •  Academic Language Skills (40 credits)  
  • Mathematics  or Introduction to Data Analysis (20 credits)    
  • Biology (20 credits) 
  • Physics for healthcare sciences (20 credits) 
  • Additional elective subject (Chemistry for progression to MPharm) (20 credits).
As with a University degree, you can expect to attend lectures and seminars which support your independent study. You will be assessed by a variety of methods including written coursework, exams and presentations.  The Academic Language Skills modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language & Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language. Upon successful completion you will receive a Foundation Diploma as well as the opportunity to enrol on an Aston University degree programme.

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