Foundation in Science

On successful completion of the Foundation, you are guaranteed progression to the first year of your chosen degree

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Foundation: Two semesters

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Global Study Centre

Fees 2023/24

£16,300 (Foundation year)


You know scientific discovery is for you if you’re dreaming of your name at the top of a research paper, or discovering the next big breakthrough. From fighting common diseases to launching technology into space, University of Leicester can help you make waves in this world of discovery and find the unknown.

The University of Leicester Global Study Centre is an associate college of the prestigious University, offering the bespoke Foundation in Science with progression into the relevant school at the University. 

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Foundation modules (two semesters)Credits
Academic English and Skills45
Introduction to Biology30
Introduction to Chemistry30
Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics15

Teaching is delivered via a combination of small group lectures, group-based tutorial coursework (oral and written presentation), and assessment is via individual coursework (oral and written presentation) and examinations. You will be encouraged throughout the stage of the study to undertake independent study to supplement what is being taught/learnt and to broaden your personal knowledge.

In order to successfully progress onto the next stage of studies (Year One), you will need to achieve the minimum pass mark across all modules of 50%.

The educational aims of the programme are to:

  • Develop students’ fundamental knowledge and understanding of the relevant disciplinary elements in Science and related fields.
  • Develop in students a broad range of transferable academic literacy, research and analytical skills to succeed in undergraduate study.
  • Ensure that students have attained the prescribed level of English language competency to succeed at specified University of Leicester undergraduate programmes in related fields.
  • To prepare students to operate effectively and autonomously within the framework of higher education.
  • Develop students’ graduate attributes to optimize future employability prospects in a global environment.

Year of studyFees
Foundation               £16,300
Year One£18,700 - £22,600*

*MBiolSci, MChem and MGeol include an additional year of study and associated fees **Partner University tuition fees that apply to a Student after Progression are payable directly to the University and are determined by the University themselves. Information on those fees and when they may increase are published on the University website:

The language of instruction at the Global Study Centre is English. To enter the Foundation, you must be able to demonstrate you are suitably proficient in English. Please visit our English language entry requirements page for full details. 

Please note your English language test must have been taken within the past two years.

Career opportunities

Our science programme leads onto a number of STEM-related degrees, which in turn open up a range of exciting career options, including:

  • Analytical chemist 
  • Nanotechnology and biotechnology
  • Astronaut 
  • Astrophysicists 
  • Biomedical scientist 
  • Data scientist
  • Animal technician 
  • Clinical scientist
  • Pharmacist 
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Food technologist 
  • Forensic scientist
  • Teacher 
  • Geologist
  • Environmental scientist 
  • Epidemiologist

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Why study here

Studying at the University of Leicester provides you with a world-class education on a welcoming, modern campus. 


If you are an offer-holder interested in joining the Global Study Centre in 2023/24 you could be eligible for a scholarship.


The University of Leicester offers a range of high-quality student accommodation options across the campus and city.