Neuroscience (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Neuroscience (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Psychology




Under- graduate



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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    N456; Short form: NFE

  • 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. Want to understand the cause and treatment for neurological disorders and diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis? Neuroscience is a truly modern and multidisciplinary subject which seeks to understand the most complex organ in the body; the nervous system. Our degree covers pharmacy and biomedical sciences as well as psychology. This is one of only a handful of courses that offers this multidisciplinary approach and you’ll learn how the brain and nervous system work to alter behaviour, perception, mood and memory. You’ll be able to tailor your degree by studying the modules which appeal to you the most and which ultimately you will specialise in, giving you a well-rounded background to further your future career in the Neuroscience field. 

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, including Biology or Chemistry. 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 Level 3 Credits in Biology or Chemistry Modules
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including, HL4 in Biology or Chemistry
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: Maths & English at grade C/4

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry


  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Skills for Science

Year 2

  • Methods and Practice of Psychological Inquiry
  • Introduction to Psychobiology and Cognition
  • Foundations of Neuroscience
  • Science and Society
  • Introduction to Cell Biology

Year 3

  • Psychological Research 1: Design and Quantitative Methods
  • Cognitive and Physiological Psychology
  • Topics and Techniques in Neuroscience
  • Neurocognitive Development and Disorders
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Introduction to Pharmacology and Cell Culture

Year 4

  • Neuroscience Project


  • Brain, Treatments and Behaviour
  • Neuropsychological Disorders and Techniques
  • Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour
  • Psychology Placement Module
  • Molecular Neurobiology
  • Pathophysiology of the Nervous System

Further Information

Neuroscience is literally the 'Science of the Brain'. To attempt to understand how the brain works, it is necessary to study several different disciplines, include Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Psychology. Biochemistry enables you to understand how neurons in the brain obtain energy to function normally and how chemical messengers are formed and broken down. In Physiology you will study how neurons work and learn about various different brain structures. Pharmacology involves studying how neurons communicate with each other and how drugs are effective in treating illness. Psychology covers how alterations in the brain may affect your behaviour.

At the start of this course you develop basic knowledge and skills in the core areas. Later there is an increased emphasis is placed on specific neuroscience examples, for instance you will learn about identifying different brain regions and techniques for studying the brain. During Year 3 (Year 4 if you started in the Foundation Entry), you extend your practical skills by means of your Neuroscience project and select appropriate specialist modules such as Molecular Neurobiology,  Advanced Approaches to Understanding Behaviour and Neuropsychological disorders and techniques.

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I found the course both enjoyable and rewarding. The course itself was diverse and covered a number of key topics in this field that were taught to a very high standard. Also, during the course I got the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and gain widespread knowledge of multi disciplines in Neuroscience.

Munirah Bangee

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Until very recently scientists in the field of neuroscience still identified themselves exclusively as neurophysiologists, neurochemists, neuropharmacologists, neuroanatomists or physiological psychologists - definitions which were tied to their training or approach to studying the nervous systems.

It is now common that the questions asked and the methods applied extend beyond the boundaries of the traditional sub-disciplines. Conceptual and experimental problems are much less frequently defined exclusively within one particular area, and the pursuit of answers has carried many investigators across traditional disciplinary boundaries, so that there is now a coherent discipline or field of Neuroscience which is defined by a common interest in the workings of the nervous system.

The diversity in the field of Neuroscience is also reflected in the staff teaching the course. Therefore, the Neuroscience programme is taught jointly by staff in areas of psychology and biological sciences.

The academic staff are experts in their own field of psychology or the life sciences and are actively engaged in their own research which informs their teaching and ensures that the curriculum in the Schools is at the very cutting-edge of the field. Some examples of staff research areas include psychopharmacology and physiological psychology (Dr. Nikola Bridges), neuroimaging and cognitive psychology (Dr. Lea Pilgrim), psychobiology (Dr. Belinda Hornby) , pharmacology (Dr. Claire Mellor), and neurobiology (Dr. Martin Clark).

In addition, a majority of academic staff engaged in teaching have been awarded Fellowship status by the Higher Education Academy, the organization responsible for enhancing excellence in teaching in higher education


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

Learning Environment and Assessment

Based in the purpose built Darwin Building, we aim to provide the best possible facilities for our students including specialist teaching and research rooms. The building also includes a state-of-the-art lecture theatre and computer rooms. Our state-of-the-art practical and research laboratories constantly evolve to ensure they are in line with modern practice.

You will be taught by academics that produce first-class research. Much of our research in the last Research Assessment Exercise was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ and ‘world-leading’.

You will enjoy visits from guest speakers as well as renowned scientists in their field; previous speakers have included Prof. Richard Dawkins, Sir Nicholas Humpfrey and Prof. Bruce Hood.


The superb facilities at UCLan support the extensive experiential learning environment including custom designed laboratories such as :


This degree could lead to a career in science teaching, science writing, private research and lab work. There is an option of a placement module and many students take this up and work either in labs, rehabilitation centres, or brain rehabilitation. Neuroscience graduates may wish to continue studying for a further degree, pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry or hospitals, or train to become a science teacher.

You can engage further in research through a paid internship, participate in research conferences, research publications and research grants or work as a part-time research assistant. Our current students regularly publish themselves or become members of the editorial panel to ‘Diffusion’, UCLan’s own undergraduate research journal.


I really enjoyed the course as the teaching was excellent and the assessment methods gave me a wide range of transferable skills. My experience at UCLan has led me to study for a PhD in cancer research.

Kate Clark