Environmental Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Environmental Science (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    ZS15; Short form: EMFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. In Environmental Science there are two foundation entry routes. In year 1 (of the 4-year programme) students select to undertake either an Applied Sciences or Geography and Environment suite of modules. The two foundation entry routes reflect the broad range of topics covered in Environmental Science and allow students to select a natural sciences or geography and environmental management focussed introduction to the subject.  Both options are designed to support and encourage you to develop your critical thinking and give you the confidence to apply your knowledge and understanding as you progress to the undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. 

The course places a strong emphasis on field and laboratory-based study and “real world” application of subject-specific knowledge and wherever possible seeks to rely on research-informed and practitioner led delivery. Employability is a key focus and is reflected in the placement module in second year and an option to undertake a sandwich year in industry (full-time).

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. 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
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important 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.

Course at a Glance

Year 1 - Applied Science Route


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

Year 1 - Geography and Environment route

  • Introduction to Geography and the Environment
  • Extended Study in Geography and the Environment
  • Study Skills

    Plus two from the following:
  • Key Themes in Archaeology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to History

Year 2

  • Introduction to Environmental Management and Assessment
  • Measuring the Environment
  • Dynamic Earth
  • Ecology

Plus one from the following:

  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology
  • Archaeology of Britain
  • Environment and Sustainability

Year 3

  • Environmental Pollution and Control
  • Placement / Project Module
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Research Theory and Practice


Plus at least one from the following:

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Change


Plus (if required) one from the following:

  • Environmental Forensics
  • The Science and Management of Death
  • Themes in British Archaeology 1

Year 4

  • Research Project
  • Fieldwork
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Plus at least one from the following:

  • Ecotoxicology
  • Carbon and Energy Management

Plus (if required) one from the following:

  • Forensic Taphonomic Traces
  • Themes in British Archaeology 2
  • Nature, Science and Society
  • Applied Ecology
  • Applied River Management


Module descriptions can be found in the applicant guide (.pdf 1.26MB)

Further Information

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Course Highlights

  • Employability focused programme with an emphasis on gaining practical experience through laboratory and fieldwork sessions, work placement and volunteering opportunities.
  • Professional body accredited programme
  • Opportunity to study Archaeology and/or Forensic Science strands alongside core Environmental Science modules
  • International residential fieldwork

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During the degree programme students gain essential subject specific knowledge, practical experience and transferable skills preparing them for employment and/or postgraduate study. Students undertake a placement /internship (usually 4 weeks) in either an industry or research setting (based on academic interests and career aspirations). Students also have the opportunity of studying abroad for a semester or undertaking a sandwich year in industry.

The course is based in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and this association provides a unique opportunity for Environmental Science students to study optional related modules in either Archaeology or Forensic Science throughout the degree programme. Module options include the Science and Management of Death and the Archaeology of Britain.


Fieldtrips are a key element of the programme because they bring to life the information provided in the classroom and expose students to a range of practitioners and researchers working in relevant fields.  We run a UK-based residential fieldtrip at the end of first year and offer students the opportunity of an international field trip at the end of the second year (previous locations have included: Guyana, China, Poland and Kenya) in a dedicated fieldwork module.

Residential trips are of real academic value but they can also be significant in terms of personal development and this is definitely the case with the Scotland field trip to the Isle of Rum and Cairngorm (an optional destination on the fieldwork module)  where students are given the opportunity to climb mountains and to stay out overnight in a remote bothy. Several of our graduates that went on the trip have returned to live and work on Rum or have been inspired to volunteer with the RSPB and other natural history organisations as a direct result of the trip.

Guirdil Bothy, Isle of Rum - UCLan Geography and Environmental Management Students about to return to civilisation after a night at the Bothy. Amazing views of Bloodstone Hill and the Island of Canna (Small Isles) - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Students about to return to civilisation after a night at Guirdil Bothy on the Isle of Rum. Amazing views of Bloodstone Hill and the Island of Canna (Small Isles).

Summit of Askival, Isle of Rum - UCLan Geography and Environmental Management students enjoy the panoramic views of the Small Isles - well worth the 810 metre climb!! - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

An intrepid few enjoy the amazing views from the summit of Askival (812 m) on the Isle of Rum

If you have any questions or want to know more about Environmental Science please contact the course leader: Dr Chris Lowe (email: cnlowe@uclan.ac.uk; tel +44(0)1772 893960)


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

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

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The course actively engages with a range of external organisations and makes use of these links in the delivery of practitioner-led classroom sessions and external visits. Guest speakers have included staff from Energy and Environmental Consultancies, Forest Research, Environment Agency and the RSPB. Examples of site visits have included Heysham Nuclear Power Station, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, Lancashire County Scientific Services and BAE Systems.  We have especially close links with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and host their annual Volunteer Conference. Students are also encouraged to volunteer with the Trust and other local organisations, providing invaluable experience when seeking employment.

Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES).

This programme is accredited by the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES), the education committee of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES). CHES is the collective voice of the environmental sciences academic community and serves to enhance the quality of environmental education worldwide. A programme accredited by CHES is assured to meet high standards, contain a strong component of practical, field and theoretical activities, and has excellent opportunities for training, work experience and links to the professional environmental sector. Students enrolled on CHES accredited programmes can apply for free Student Membership of the IES and for a fast-track route to membership once they graduate, starting you on a route towards becoming a Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Scientist.

The University of Central Lancashire is an approved IEMA University Partner. The BSc (Hons) Environmental Science has been successfully mapped against the IEMA internationally recognised Graduate membership standard ensuring that students have the right knowledge and skills to compete in a continuously developing market. Course approval ensures that students graduate with the professionally recognised GradIEMA suffix, signifying that they are part of the next generation of sustainability leaders and enabling them to fast track an application to practitioner once they have gained sufficient experience.

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