International Foundation Programme in Science

By studying our one-year International Foundation Programme in Science, you’ll be prepared to progress onto a science or related undergraduate course at Aston University, Birmingham.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

UCAS code(s)

Aston Application

Start date

About

At Aston, we want to give you the best start both academically and culturally. By studying with us you will receive an excellent introduction to your chosen subject area while also receiving support in language and study skills.

This programme has been specifically designed for international students who don’t have the required qualifications for direct entry to an Aston University undergraduate degree, and who want to study a science related qualification.

You will study at both our vibrant city centre Aston campus, as well as the nearby Birmingham Metropolitan College as you prepare to progress on to your degree programme.

What undergraduate courses will this foundation programme prepare me for?

On successful graduation, you’ll be awarded with a Foundation Diploma, as well as guaranteed progression* onto one of our undergraduate life and health science degrees. Progression routes include:

Progression is subject to qualifications, performance and progression pathway. See our progression requirements.

Course outline and modules

Working, closely with a variety of academic staff to develop your professional skills, as well as your subject specific knowledge, this course aims to build your key skills, such as team working, leadership and interpersonal abilities to start you on your path towards your future career.

You will study a range of modules covering key science topics that will prepare you for your next step. This includes a range of group projects, which will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

Modules

Core modules
  • Senses and Perception
  • Mathematics for Health Scientists
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Optional modules

Choose one:

  • Professional Skills
  • Academic Language Skills 1

Choose one:

  • Foundation Chemistry 1
  • Development Psychology

 

Choose three 

  • Physics for Health Scientists
  • Biological and Biochemical Science Foundations
  • Foundation Chemistry 2
  • Identities and Inequalities
  • Academic Language Skills 2
  • Introductory Marketing

 

 

 

Entry requirements

Please review the typical offer entry requirements below. You should state your intended progression route upon application, our admissions team will then assess your application against the criteria for the progression route that you have stated.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme, entry onto one our undergraduate programmes is dependent on meeting set grade progression requirements. Full details of these requirements and additional information on progression can be found here.

For UK or EU applicants (who have achieved an IELTS score of: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each test or above) please take a look at our Foundation Programme in Science: Biosciences and Pharmacy, or Foundation Programme in Science: Heath Science.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications, this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

More advice on applying to Aston and full details of our admissions policy can be found here.

Typical offers:

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.

EU applicants, who have achieved a lower IELTS score than: 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each test will be required to take this programme.

Age requirements

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.

Academic requirements

You must have attained excellent grades in your secondary school leaving certificate (Attestat / Year 12) or equivalent. Please see our standard entry requirements by country.

Below is a guide for the minimum requirements from your country for application to the IFP. The information should give you a good indication of the minimum standard required for entry; however it does not guarantee admission as each application is considered individually.

For progression to some undergraduate programmes you will require prior knowledge of related subjects. If your country is not listed you can make an enquiry by emailing our international team at international@aston.ac.uk

CountryGrade requirement
AzerbaijanAttestation with an average of 4.5
BahrainAl-Thanawaya Al-Aama with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
BangladeshHigher Secondary School Certificate with a minimum GPA of 4.0, 70% or Grade A
Brazil

Certificado de Ensino Médio (Brazilian High School Certificate) with a minimum 7 out of 10 
Exame Nacional Do Ensino Médio (ENEM) / Certificado de Conclusao de Segundo Grau / Vestibular results will also be considered

ChinaSenior High School Leaving Certificate having completed 3 years with an average of 80%
CyprusApolitirion with 15 overall
GhanaSenior Secondary Certificate of Education with an average of 8 subjects at C6 and above
IndonesiaSSTB SMA (Senior Secondary Leaving Certificate) with a minimum of 8 out of 10
IranDiplom-Motevasetah (School-leaving Certificate/ High School Diploma) with 14 (Grade B)
JapanKotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho with a GPA of 3.5 or above; Daiken with a grade C or above
JordanTawjihi with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
KazakhstanSvidetel’stvo o Srednem Obrazovanii with a minimum average grade 4 out of 5
KenyaKenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 8 subjects with a minimum Grade B
KuwaitAl-Thanawaya Al-Aama with a minimum of 80% overall and 80% in related subjects. For students applying for Engineering or Life and Health Science programmes, a minimum of 85% overall with 85% in related subjects
LebanonBaccalauréat Général with 13 overall
MexicoBachillerato with 8 (bien) out of 10
NigeriaSenior Secondary Certificate of Education with an average of 8 subjects at C6 and above
OmanAl-Thanawaya Al-Aama with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
PakistanHigher Secondary School Certificate with a minimum grade of 70%
QatarAl-Thanawaya Al-Aama with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
RussiaAttestat o Srednem (Polnom) Obshchem Obrazovanii with a minimum overall grade of 4 out of 5
Saudi ArabiaTawjihiyah with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
South KoreaIlbankye Kodung Hakkyo with an average of 80% (Grade B)
TaiwanSenior High School Leaving Certificate with a minimum 70%
ThailandThai High School Mathayom Suksa 6 (M6) with a minimum GPA of 3
TurkeyLise Diplomasi minimum average of 3.0 (holders of a minimum score of 4.0 may be considered for direct entry to year one of the degree programme)
VietnamTot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc (Upper Secondary School Graduation Certificate) with a minimum grade 7 out of 10
United Arab EmiratesTawjihiyah with 80% overall and 80% in related subjects
USAHigh School Graduation Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or Grade B average

 

Learning, teaching and assessment

This is an integrated programme, and therefore you will get the same experience as all other students studying at Aston University.

You will attend a wide range of lectures and seminars, complete group work and independent study. A variety of assessment methods are used on the course including written coursework, exams and presentations.

You’ll also complete group projects, designed to give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

This one-year course is worth 120 credits, with each credit equivalent to 10 learning hours. The learning hours may include but are not limited to lectures, seminars, tutorials, lab sessions, practicals, online activity, reading, other independent study, reflecting on assignment feedback, field trips and work placements.


Support

Academic Language Skills modules are taught by CELCA (Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston) which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support, and a Peer-Assisted Learning scheme.

Fees and scholarship

Tuition fee (2020/21 session): £14,200*

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs.

You can explore the costs involved in studying at university and the financial support that may be available to you here.

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the International Foundation Programme in Science at Aston? 

This course has been designed specifically for international students who don’t initially qualify to study a life or health science undergraduate degree with us. You’ll experience a unique mix of hands-on study and theoretical learning, in world-class facilities, working with passionate expert staff.

We’ll work with you to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to progress onto your course of interest; and to be ready for an exciting and enriching career solving some of the world’s most pressing scientific problems.

What degree courses could I go on to do after the International Foundation Programme in Science?

Successfully completing this foundation programme will allow you to progress to a diverse range of degree courses such as:

Make sure to take a look at our progression criteria page to ensure you are aware of the additional qualification and performance criteria for your course of interest.

Will I receive English Language tuition on the course?

Yes, you’ll get the opportunity to study our Academic Language Skills (1 and 2) modules. Taught by the CELCA (Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston), which has a long tradition of teaching excellence in the field of English as a Foreign Language.

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). Students who only hold the minimum English language requirements (IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each test), 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.

 

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