If you'd like to study earth and environmental sciences but don't currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry, then this extended degree is for you.
The foundation year provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you'll need to succeed.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the academic requirements for progression, you'll continue to year one of your chosen degree course. You could progress onto a range of degree courses in earth and environmental sciences. Recent students went on to study for degrees in environmental science, geophysics, meteorology and climate science, and sustainability and environmental management.
The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre. You'll benefit from our student support service which offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome events and social events throughout your studies.
Earth and Environmental Sciences BSc is a four-year extended degree, designed for applicants who don't currently meet the typical entry requirements for direct entry to a degree in the Faculty of Environment, and who can benefit from a programme that begins with a foundation year which provides intensive, well-structured support. The programme is part of the University's commitment to widening participation and this is reflected in the non-academic entry criteria.
The foundation year will bring together a portfolio of academic and scientific study skills. You'll be keen and motivated to study across multiple scientific areas such as physics, chemistry and geology, alongside the continuous development of your academic skills. There is a strong emphasis on helping students achieve their full potential and develop as independent, self-directed learners. The foundation year caters for a wide range of students from mature learners returning to study from work to school leavers continuing their education.
Once you've successfully completed your foundation year and met your progression goals you'll progress directly onto your chosen degree programme. The Lifelong Learning Centre team remains on hand to help you make the transition to degree-level study.
The foundation year is taught by the Lifelong Learning Centre at the University of Leeds. Staff work closely with you during the foundation year to help identify the degree choices that are most appropriate for you and map out your plans to work towards a successful progression. You'll know from the beginning of your journey what your academic goals need to be and will be provided with guidance throughout the year to help you be as successful as you can be.
Core modules help you to develop knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts and principles in the areas of physics, chemistry and geology. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematics and academic skills that underpin these disciplines, and gain skills for scientific enquiry in practical, laboratory and fieldwork.
On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the progression requirements, you'll progress to year one of your chosen degree programme.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: CDD excluding critical thinking and general studies.
Applicants taking a Science A-level (in England) will be required to achieve a pass in the practical element in addition to the standard A-level grade requirement.
GCSE: English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent.
On successful completion of the foundation year you could progress onto a range of degree courses in earth and environmental sciences. Check the entry for the degree course you wish to progress to for more information about specific career opportunities.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students:
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