International Foundation in Biomedical, Life and Enviromental Science with English

The Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for direct entry into the first year of a university degree. A quality assured course offering direct entry to the first year of your Bachelor degree at a leading university.

Our price promise

If you find this course cheaper elsewhere, we will match the price and give you a £50 voucher when you book*.

*Applies only to like-for-like dates at the same school on the same course for the same duration.


Minimum entry requirements

  • Minimum age: 17
  • English level: B1: Intermediate / | IELTS 5
  • Academic level:

    You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.

Course format

  • Length of study: From 3 terms
  • Hours per week: 20
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Typical student age: 17 - 24
  • Typical student mix:
    40% European, 50% Far Eastern, 10% Other

Dates and fees

  • Start dates:
    • 29 Jun 2015
    • 14 Sep 2015
    • 4 Jan 2016
  • Tuition fees: From 17000.00 GBP

    Tuition length options

    • 3 terms: 17000.00 GBP
    • 4 terms: 21450.00 GBP
  • Compulsory fees

    • Our admin fee: 49 GBP
    • Enrolment fee: 150.00 GBP
    • Textbooks per term: 65.00 GBP
    • Laboratory fee: 375.00 GBP
  • Other expenses:

Why choose this course?

The Foundation course leads to the award of the Foundation Certificate and combines academic study, intensive English language teaching and study skills to prepare you for entry into the first year of a university degree.

As well as a guaranteed offer from the University of Exeter for successful students and full access to all the university facilities you'll benefit from:

  •         a quality assured university programme
  •         full university status
  •         a conditional offer of a place on the first year of a relevant undergraduate
  •         degree at the University of Exeter
  •         professional support and guidance with university applications
  •         the highest levels of personal care and support

Who should apply for the International Foundation programme?

If you have completed secondary school education in your home country, the International Foundation programme provides academic preparation for first year entry and ensures that you meet the minimum English language requirement for entry to your chosen undergraduate degree programme.

In some circumstances you may be able to enrol on the Foundation programme in order to change your specialist subject.

What will I study?

Introduction to Biological Science

This module will develop your understanding of biological structures and processes from the cellular to organism to system level. Topics will include cellular structure, DNA replication and cell division, genetics, cellular energy generation and evolution, diversity and ecology.

Introduction to Chemical Sciences

This module will develop your understanding of chemical principles and processes that are relevant to everyday laboratory work. The material will start from the fundamental principles before proceeding to more complex areas.

Foundation Mathematics

Topics will include geometry, logarithm and exponential functions, differentiation and integration, statistics and using Microsoft Excel.


Choice of modules

You will also be able to choose to study one of the following modules:

Mathematics Introduction 

This module builds on the foundation mathematics module. Topics include algebra, trigonometry, further differentiation and integration and more statistics.

Introduction to Psychology

You'll study the meaning of psychology, methods of psychological inquiry, theories in psychology and assumptions about human nature, psychoanalysis and the Freudian legacy, the biological basis of behaviour and the role of culture, sensory perception, the function of memory and child development.

Where will this course take me?

This course leads to the following bachelors degrees at the University of Exeter:

College of Life and Environmental Sciences and College of Social Science and International Studies

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Biology and Animal Behaviour
  • BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology and Ecology
  • BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology and Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Evolutionary Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Exercise and Sport Sciences
  • BA (Hons) Geography
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (Cornwall)
  • BSc (Hons) Geography (Streatham)
  • BSc (Hons) Geography with Earth Systems Science
  • BSc (Hons) Geography with Environmental Management
  • BSc (Hons) Human Biosciences
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology
  • BA (Hons) Flexible Combined Honours

This course is classified as a Pre-sessional course by the UK Border Agency.

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