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Health & Life Sciences Foundation Year 2018/19 entry

Course code:

C910

Study options:

4 years

 

Location:

CU Scarborough

Starting:

September 2018
November 2018
January 2019
February 2019
May 2019
June 2019

Fees:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

01723 336700


Overview

This is an ideal course if you want a preparatory period of study before progressing onto a degree in a range of health and care subjects. Essential academic skills are embedded into all the work to ensure you can excel in future learning.

Essential academic skills are embedded into all the work to ensure you can excel in future learning.

This foundation course is also useful if you have the academic ability to succeed at degree-level study, but do not have the appropriate subject background knowledge. It will enable you to apply for a range of degree courses, in both health and science disciplines. Successful completion of all modules in this course means you could progress onto year one of your chosen degree.

Why CU Scarborough

We are committed to delivering a modern university experience to all our students. Our unique timetable and teaching structure gives you flexibility and our small class sizes ensure students receive plenty of contact hours with tutors. We are also dedicated to making higher education accessible and enjoyable to everyone, so we kept our fees low, our timetable structured and made it a policy to cover one module at a time, allowing you to become a specialist in each topic before moving onto the next.

Employability

Dedicated Careers & Employability department who will assist you in finding employment

Top Quality Courses

Taught by industry professionals, awarded by Coventry University

No End of Year Exams

Our modern teaching techniques mean no last-minute cramming and less stress

Professional Recognition

Specific courses contain additional industry recognised qualifications from awarding bodies

Course information

This course aims to provide the skills and knowledge relevant for successful progression onto a degree in health, social work or science. It also sets a foundation for your journey to employment, creating opportunities for professional and academic development.

Academic Skills for Science
This module is aimed at creating a culture of careful learning and self-reflection, where you’ll be encouraged to recognise strengths and weaknesses and take ownership of your development. You’ll be introduced to a range of skills that will aid you throughout the programme and further study, such as time management, scientific language and resource management.

In addition, you gain highly-regarded employment skills such as digital proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint etc.), team management, communication skills, planning and more. We will cover plagiarism, referencing, library skills and professional standard, alongside lectures on ethics, health and safety and technical skills, so that you receive thorough, full-circle training.

Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology
The human body is a complex system performing a multitude of functions every day and like any system it can malfunction for a variety of reasons. You’ll delve into the reasons why, gaining fundamental knowledge of anatomy, physiology and its relationship with health and disease.

This module is underpinned with exciting practical elements, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to undertake activities such as taking measurements of the cardiovascular system and respiratory system, and use non-invasive techniques to investigate responses to variations in body functioning. 

Cell Biology
Undertaking laboratory based exercises associated with microbiology, this module forms an introduction into cell structures and genetics. You’ll get to explore structural differences between DNA/RNA and critically discuss the effects of genetic mutation and chromosomal disorders. You’ll demonstrate your understanding of structures and functions through laboratory based assessments, meaning you get hands on experience working with industry standard apparatus and environments.

Foundations of Chemistry
In this module you will study the relevant theories and concepts of the appropriate scientific disciplines studied in chemistry. Set in our fully-equipped laboratories, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of electronic structure, organic and physical chemistry. You’ll explore properties of chemical substances and specific chemistry sessions such as compounds, alterations, reactions and chemical reactions.

Course Specification
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12th

Coventry University is ranked 12th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2018. CU Scarborough is part of the Coventry University Group.

In more detail...

  • You will receive support with applying for short and long-term placements, to gain the experience employers desire, with our Careers & Employability department.
  • Small tutorial group sessions of up to five people ensure that you receive the mentoring help and support you need.
  • You will have the opportunity for multi-campus learning in Scarborough, Coventry and London.
  • We keep our fees low to make higher education more accessible to everyone. This means you benefit from an amazing modern university experience, at a competitive price.

Your main study themes are:

  • Academic Skills: You will improve and refine key academic skills needed for progression into higher education and industry application. These skills include research methods, communication skills, presentation skills and more.
  • The Fundamentals Biological and Chemical Sciences: You will develop your core understanding within the sciences, including biology, chemistry and physiology. You will focus on the application of fundamental scientific principles within analytical industries. You will also develop a critical appreciation of biological and chemical sciences to enable you to develop practical skills in a range of scenarios.
  • Communications: Exploring communicating with scientific teams and different forms of communications from presentations to written communications to share information effectively. 

At CU Scarborough, students learn through a variety of modes including,: tutorials, scenario-based learning sets, case studies, seminars and peer-to-peer learning. Progression through the modules develops knowledge and skills including communication (written and oral), study skills, research methods, information retrieval, IT, data processing and presentation and career development. We will also encourage you to consider your employability and/or entrepreneurial development through these modules. 

Unlike traditional institutions, there are no end of year exams. Instead, learning is assessed through coursework  and phase tests, which is more reflective of the work environment.

The learning outcomes of modules, assignments and projects will be clearly stated. Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve these learning outcomes and your final feedback will refer to each outcome, as well as providing an overall percentage grade.

Assessment methods vary and include practical class and project performance, written practical reports, project thesis, oral presentations, tutorial tasks and assessments which take place at the end of each six-week block.

Course Breakdown (approximately.):

  • 60% coursework
  • 40% phase tests

60% assessed by coursework

On completion, you will understand:

  • Relevant theories and concepts of the appropriate scientific disciplines studied in biosciences and chemistry.
  • Health and safety regulations applicable to a laboratory environment.
  • Mathematical principles and techniques relevant to an undergraduate degree in health and life sciences or related workplace.
  • How information technology is used in the workplace and contributes to the study and advancement of health and life sciences.
  • The principles of independent and self-managed learning.
  • The principles of academic research skills to apply critical and detailed thinking.

Full-time students receive 18 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into categories:
Morning - 9am-1pm
Afternoon – 1:30pm-5:30pm

Part-time students receive 8 hours of teaching each week.
Classes are split into two categories, subject to numbers:
Saturday - 9am-6pm
Tuesday and Thursday - 6pm-10pm

We hold tutorials in groups no larger than 5 every week. These sessions are mandatory and ensure you receive detailed feedback about your work, go into depth on specific topics and have any of your burning questions answered.

Class sizes are kept low. This way, students can take advantage of small numbers to increase contact time with lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Foundation Health & Life Sciences

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Foundation Health & Life Sciences

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

Foundation Health & Life Sciences

40 UCAS tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English. 

If you don’t fulfil the entry criteria your application may be considered on an individual basis, taking in to account any work experience, other qualifications and/or any training you have completed. Please call or email for further information.

CU Scarborough welcomes international students from all around the globe. If you are an international student and are interested in applying for a Foundation Year, HNC, HND or Degree course you can do so by completing our online application form.

Once your application form has been processed you will receive the outcome of your application via your given email address.
Please be aware you will need the following information in order to make your application:

  • All academic transcripts
  • Copies of degree/diploma certificates or work reference if employed
  • One academic reference
  • International students are required to have English language proficiency level to IELTS 6.0
  • Your personal statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to CU Scarborough. We assess an applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course, and we may feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer to CU Scarborough. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join CU Scarborough.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. Requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made CU Scarborough their firm choice.

CU Scarborough has assessed that you can achieve the required grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer if you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in the year for which they applied.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for this course, we have a number of programmes which upon completion, automatically qualifies you onto a place on this degree course, such as Foundation Years or Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,350 (per year)


November 2018

£7,350 (per year)


January 2019

£7,350 (per year)


February 2019

£7,350 (per year)


May 2019

£7,350 (per year)


June 2019

£7,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,350 (per year)


November 2018

£7,350 (per year)


January 2019

£7,350 (per year)


February 2019

£7,350 (per year)


May 2019

£7,350 (per year)


June 2019

£7,350 (per year)


Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,700 (per year)


November 2018

£10,700 (per year)


January 2019

£10,700 (per year)


February 2019

£10,700 (per year)


May 2019

£10,700 (per year)


June 2019

£10,700 (per year)


Fees & Funding

Full-time (UK/EU)

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £1,837.50. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £7,350. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

Part-time (UK/EU)                                                                  

The part-time course fee is dependent on how many modules you choose to study in an academic year.

Each stage of the qualification (Foundation/HNC/HND/Degree) will require you to complete four academic blocks. You can study up to four blocks in one academic year or study at a slower pace (usually three academic blocks per year). Please note if you do study at a slower pace you will need to re-enrol to complete your studies in the next academic year.

For the academic year 2018/19, each block for part-time students will cost £1,837.50. Therefore, the total fee per stage of your qualification if completed in the academic year 2018/19 is: £7,350.

Funding

As a full-time student or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Scarborough from Student Finance England.

International

For the academic year 2018/19, each six-week block will cost £2,675. A full academic year is made up of four of these blocks, so this means that a normal full-time year is £10,700. This covers some of your learning materials, access to the CU Scarborough Library & Learning Services, all your classes and online tutorials. 

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

Career prospects

Progression

If you successfully pass a Foundation Year, you are guaranteed a place on a relevant degree course at CU Scarborough, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria, including:

The strength of the course lies in preparing students for further study, cementing the core principles of health and science ready to expand on this knowledge at degree level.