School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Programme structure

Students begin their foundation programme in September. The academic year is divided into two 12-week teaching semesters followed by a six-week examination period in May and early June. Examination results are available in late June.

Teaching methods

Students on our Science and Engineering Foundation Programme (SEFP) and International Science and Engineering Programme (ISEFP) have formal teaching comprising of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Small group study
  • Seminars/presentations
  • Workshops (laboratory practicals)

In addition you will have regular coursework and assignments to complete. You will attend lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals for approximately 25 hours per week. For every hour spent at university you will be expected to complete additional hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; assessing data from experiments; completing lab reports; and revising for examinations.


You will take eight modules and an academic advisor will assist you in choosing these. Your compulsory modules will depend on the degree programme you intend to follow after the foundation year.

Find out more about the modules which are typically available on our foundation programmes.


You must achieve an overall mark of 40% or above to pass a module. The overall mark in most modules is based on your performance in both the examination and coursework, the weighting of these two components typically being 70% for the examination and 30% for the coursework.

You need to pass six of the eight modules (including Communication in Science and Technology) to pass our foundation programmes.

Degree progression

Find out more about our progression requirements.