Applied Science (Foundation Entry)

Applied Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

This programme will give you the necessary background knowledge needed for progression on to a variety of science-based degrees at UCLan.  Studying modules in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and Skills for Science, the foundation year will give you the essential knowledge and understanding to facilitate your study at degree level. 

The foundation entry year will provide you with an interesting and stimulating grounding in science and enable you to gain key practical skills in our modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory facilities.  It will support and encourage you to develop your critical thinking and give you the confidence to apply your knowledge and understanding as you progress to your undergraduate degree. 

Once you have been accepted on to the foundation course, you do not need to make an additional application in order to progress on to your chosen degree programme in the Faculty of Science & Technology (although entry requirements apply for degrees in the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Science). 

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • The course provides an interesting and stimulating grounding in science.
  • You’ll develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills needed to support degree-level study at university.
  • Successful completion enables progression on to one of a range of science courses at UCLan.

Course Overview

Foundation Year Modules

At the end of your foundation year it is intended that you will have the knowledge and understanding to describe and apply basic theoretical and practical generic science, work safely and competently in the laboratory, analyse results and prepare scientific reports. You will be able to formulate and test selected scientific concepts and hypotheses in the field of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, in order for you to progress on to science-related degree programmes.

  • Skills for Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics and Physics

Years 2 -4

Select from the following pathways:

  • BSc (Hons) Archaeology
  • BSc (Hons) Biology
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry
  • MChem (Hons) Chemistry
  • BSc (Hons) Forensic Science
  • MSci (Hons) Forensic Science and Molecular Biology
  • MSci (Hons) Forensic Science and Chemical Analysis
  • BSc (Hons) Neuroscience
  • BSc (Hons) Policing (and similar)
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (and similar)
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science
  • BSc (Hons) Physiology and Pharmacology
  • BSc (Hons) Pharmacology

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Find out more about our virtual open days Find out more about our virtual open days

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year (the foundation year entry year) of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2, 3 and 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, including Biology/Chemistry/Environmental Science or Applied Science.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass in Applied Science
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit in Applied Science
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points including 15 L3 units in Biology or Chemistry
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 72 points from Higher Level Subjects in Biology or Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE:  Maths and English at grade C/4 or equivalent

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

Discover More

Personal Statement Advice

It's never too early to start working on your personal statement. We've got some useful hints and tips to help you make a great first impression.

Advice & Guidance

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

Points calculator

Further Information

Chemistry Laboratory

Crime Scene Houses

"The Foundation Applied Science year gave me a great stepping stone from A-levels to my BSc degree in Forensic Science and Anthropology. It gave me a real boost after being left disheartened after gaining lower A-level grades than required to go straight onto the BSc.  It enabled me to better myself and I subsequently achieved a 1st at the end of the foundation course - something that I did not think possible at the end of my A-levels. I have continued to achieve 1st's in my BSc degree and I do not think that would have been possible without my foundation year. My future plans are to do a Masters degree at UCLan in DNA Profiling. Following this I hope to become a Forensic DNA Analyst or to continue research in the field of Forensic Genetics. Who knows, I may even do a PhD!"

Rebecca Barnard, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Anthropology (2014-2018)

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

There will be a variety of assessments across all subjects, including an oral presentation, laboratory reports, multiple-choice tests, a poster presentation, examinations etc.

Learning outcomes and aims

The aims of the Foundation Entry Degree in Applied Science are:

  • To provide students with an interesting and stimulating grounding in science and enable students to possess the necessary skills to support study at university.
  • To provide a foundation in the essential knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical science skills to facilitate study at degree level at university.
  • To support and encourage students to appropriately apply a range of basic scientific concepts and techniques and to build the necessary skill set to enable students to become university learners.
  • To develop in students a range of skills to support information gathering at degree level and the ability to present information in an appropriate format.
  • To encourage students to develop systematic and critical thinking skills necessary for university level study.
  • To build self-confidence through self-assessment and reflective practices and allow students to develop and build on their employability skills.
  • To give students the confidence and competence to apply a range of skills to subject related topics that will underpin their development towards university level study.

The course aims to give you the skills and knowledge to progress onto one of a range of science courses at the University .

Academic expertise

The academic staff that will be teaching you are all highly qualified and specialists in the areas that they teach. All staff are engaged in research and/or scholarly activity which helps enrich your experiences with cutting-edge knowledge.

Staff Q&A: Tina Gornall, Course Leader

Chemistry students in lab
Chemistry students

Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
Email us or Book a visit

Important Information

This course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.