Degree courses with Foundation Years at Plymouth University

Foundation Science

Foundation Science pathways at Plymouth University offer students from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets an avenue into Science that has traditionally been out of reach. 

We warmly welcome all students onto a Foundation pathway that can demonstrate the motivation to successfully study a Science discipline and will assess all applications on both academic and personal merit.

A Foundation Year forms part of a 4-year degree and provides the understanding and basis needed to embark on the full degree, for those that have had a break in study, have qualifications other than A-Levels for consideration or did not get the grades they hoped for in their A Levels.

Foundation year experience

The best part of the course for me was the confidence it gave me. I wasn't sure getting into university was something I'd be able to do. It's an immense sense of achievement.

Harry talks about the foundation year and how it prepared him for a degree in robotics, engineering or mathematics.

Feedback on Foundation Years at Plymouth

  • Ç "A really excellent refresher as someone returning to education after a few years"
  • { "Tutorials on scientific writing and referencing were really helpful"
  • Ç "Our Chemistry tutor is very positive and encouraging, responds quickly and is great fun in labs and lectures"
  • { "The maths tuition went from basic to steadily more advanced in a very easy to follow way"
  • Ç "Study skills sessions were useful to explain what is expected of us and how to complete any work to university standards"
<p>Joseph Tripp</p>
Chemistry blogger: Joseph Tripp
Graduate profile - Blair Gordon
Mechanical Engineering: Blair Gordon

Why choose a 4-year degree with Foundation Year at Plymouth?

We have been running Foundation programmes for over 25 years with an outstanding record for retention and success. We invite applications from those that have a break in study, or have qualifications other than A-Levels for consideration.

In our experience, the additional Foundation Year gives students the opportunity to grow academically and personally in a university environment. This allows students more time to reinforce and complement existing understanding and perform to their full potential over the course of the 4 year degree.

A Foundation Year forms part of a 4-year degree and provides the understanding and basis needed to embark on the full degree, for those that have had a break in study, have qualifications other than A-Levels for consideration or did not get the grades they hoped for in their A Levels.

Coursework

Our foundation classes are predominantly coursework centred and are integrated into our full degree programmes, being taught by leading academics in their respective fields. As a result, our foundation students perform very well and go on to be some of the best performing students throughout the degree programmes.

Classes and networks on campus

During the foundation year, students enjoy both focused discipline specific teaching and classes with other students across the suite of Science foundation programmes. This provides a natural environment to network across departments, in addition to the benefits of being based in a city-centre campus university.

Preparing for success

Our aim is to prepare you for success in your degree and help you on your way to becoming a skilled and employable science graduate. In return we require a commitment to study and proactive contribution to the programme.  

The foundation year comprises compulsory components in key skill areas, including mathematics plus optional modules (Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Statistics) to align with your chosen degree programme.

Choose Plymouth

  • We’re ranked as one of the UK’s top 3 modern universities by the Times Higher Education, ‘Young University’ 2017 league table.
  • Plymouth was named the second safest place to live in Britain in Provident’s Unbroken Britain Survey 2017.
  • Named one of the top 20 coolest places to live in Britain by The Times, and described as ‘the coolest little city by the sea’ by GQ magazine.
  • We're one of the largest universities in the country with a vibrant Students’ Union offering over 60 sports clubs and 121 societies.
  • Our campus is at the centre of a thriving, oceanfront city in one of the UK’s most beautiful regions. Enjoy easy access to the fine beaches and beautiful countryside of the South West.
  • University guaranteed accommodation within easy walking distance of campus for those going through Clearing.