This campus based course prepares you for your undergraduate degree in Science at Newcastle University.
Course optionsCourse options
There are two course options available:
- International Foundation (3 terms) – this is the standard option
- Extended International Foundation (4 terms) – this features an additional term of English at the beginning for extra language support
Quality and rankingQuality and ranking
- 92nd in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2018 (Life Sciences category)
- 8th in the UK for Biomedical Sciences in the The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 (Subjects Allied to Medicine category)
- top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction (93% overall satisfaction score) in the National Student Survey 2017 (Subjects Allied to Medicine category)
- top 125 universities in the world in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject 2018 (Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health category)
- Top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 (Biological Sciences category)
Our purpose built INTO Newcastle centre will provide you with everything you need to study with us.
Find out more about our facilities on our International Preparation Course website.
This course is brought to you by INTO Newcastle University. We're in partnership with INTO to provide diverse study options for international students. For more information see our International Preparation Courses website.
Choosing this course means that you'll get:
- a quality-assured university course
- full Newcastle University status
- a guaranteed offer on a designated undergraduate degree at Newcastle
- a campus-based course with access to university facilities
- active learning in your subject areas with guidance on appropriate study methods
- a very supportive study environment
Modules for 2017/18 entry
Chemistry (20 credits)Chemistry (20 credits)
You will be expected to have a basic grounding in chemistry. This module develops the concepts in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry required for studying at degree level in physical sciences, engineering or biological sciences.
It also includes laboratory and project work to supplement theoretical studies.
English for Academic Purposes (20 or 40 credits)English for Academic Purposes (20 or 40 credits)
This module is designed to help you develop your skills and confidence in academic English. Four key skill areas are developed in an integrated and task-oriented way:
The module will encourage you to take responsibility for your learning and a lot of emphasis is placed on:
- private study
- student research
- student-led presentations
- seminar discussions
- group work
Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)Mathematics and Statistics (20 credits)
This module builds on basic mathematical knowledge to prepare you in areas of mathematics and statistics required in biological sciences and some physical sciences (excluding mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering).
The module covers mathematics, from basic algebra through to an introduction to differential and integral calculus, while the statistics covered focuses on key data handling, presentation and analysis skills.
Study Skills and ICT (20 credits)Study Skills and ICT (20 credits)
This module is designed to help you adjust to the specific nature, demands and expectations of UK higher education.
The skills covered will include:
- taking notes in lectures and making notes from texts
- library and information skills
- using and interpreting data
- planning, preparing and checking assignments
- team-working skills
- oral presentation skills
- seminar skills
- examination and revision techniques
- using dictionaries and academic reference books
- information literacy and time management
You will also develop competence in core ICT skills including:
- the use of Word
- graphs and interpreting data
- web-based learning systems
Foundation Biology (20 or 40 credits)Foundation Biology (20 or 40 credits)
This modules provide an introduction to cell biology to give you a strong understanding of the processes involved in cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction and development of living organisms.
- biochemistry of energy production
- molecular genetics
- genetics of inheritance
It combines theoretical, laboratory and case-study work. Your learning experience is also supplemented with field trips to the Centre for Life and Newcastle University’s Electron Microscopy Unit.
Foundation PhysicsFoundation Physics
This module builds on basic physics knowledge to develop the descriptive and mathematical understanding of principles required for studying physical sciences and engineering at higher levels.
The module combines theoretical principles, practical applications and laboratory work.
Teaching and assessmentTeaching and assessment
- 26 hours per week minimum
- Maximum of 16 students per class for English language teaching
- 17 years and above
Entry to all honours degrees at Newcastle University is highly competitive, and students hoping to progress to Newcastle must maintain high standards throughout their programme.
Whilst your grades in the Foundation programme do not count towards the final degree, your performance will be used to determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree at the University. Assessment is both formal and informal.
Informally you will be given advice and feedback throughout your programme from your teachers. You will also be assessed via a combination of examinations at the end of each semester and coursework including:
- written essays
- field notebooks
- practical exercises
- group and individual research projects
- bibliographical searches
- oral and video presentations
- problem solving
To study on this course you need to meet the following entry requirements.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered.
The entrance requirements below apply to 2018 entry.
Academic requirementsAcademic requirements
You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.
English requirementsEnglish requirements
Three term: a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in any subskill) or an equivalent score
Four term: a minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with a minimum of 4.5 in all subskills) or an equivalent score
If you do not meet the minimum English language requirements you should apply for Academic English.
You need to be 17 years old, or older. If you want to start this course in September then you must be 17 by 31 December.
For all other start dates, you must be 17 years old by the time the course starts.
You're guaranteed a place on one of our designated undergraduate degrees at Newcastle if you successfully complete the International Foundation in Biological and Biomedical Sciences.
As a successful pathway student, you’ll have access to a number of Newcastle progression options. Each progression option will follow a specific pathway and specific requirements for both English/study skills and overall grade. You’ll also find some courses have specific requirements, such as:
- successfully completing an interview;
- having previously studied a relevant discipline;
- having previously completed a degree; or
- having IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in English language
Your progression options:
Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Agri-Business Management BSc Honours (N280)
- Animal Science BSc Honours (C305)
- Environmental Science BSc Honours (F850)
- Food and Human Nutrition (Placement year) BSc Honours (B4D6)
- Nutrition and Psychology BSc Honours (BC48)
- Nutrition with Food Marketing BSc Honours (BD46)
- Biochemistry BSc Honours (C700)
- Biochemistry (Integrated Master's) MSci Honours (C701)
- Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours (B901)
- Biomedical Genetics (Integrated Master's) MSci Honours (B903)
- Biomedical Sciences BSc Honours (B940)
- Biomedical Sciences (Integrated Master's) MSci Honours (B900)
- Medical Science (Deferred choice) BSc Honours (B902)
- Pharmacology BSc Honours (B210)
- Physiological Sciences BSc Honours (B100)
- Pharmacy MPharm Honours (B230)
- Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc Honours (C600)
- Biology BSc Honours (C700)
- Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology) BSc Honours (C1C7)
- Biology (Ecology and Conservation) BSc Honours (C182)
- Biology and Psychology BSc Honours (CC18)
- Zoology BSc Honours (C300)
- Chemistry BSc Honours (F100)
- Chemistry MChem Honours (F103)
- Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) BSc Honours (F102)
- Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) MChem Honours (F106)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry BSc Honours (F151)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry MChem Honours (F123)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training Year) BSc Honours (F122)
- Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry (with Industrial Training) MChem Honours (F124)
- Marine Biology BSc Honours (C161)
- Marine Zoology BSc Honours (C350)
- Marine Biology and Oceanography BSc Honours (CF17)
What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices
See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.
The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.
Careers and employability at Newcastle
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.
94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.
Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.
Fees & Funding
June 2018 start (4 terms) £24,250
September 2018 start (4 terms) £24,400
September 2018 start (3 terms) £19,500
January 2019 start (3 terms) £19,500
The above tuition fees do not include the following.
An extra charge of £150 per academic course, charged on confirmation.
The cost of your text books varies depending on how many terms you study:
- 3 terms will cost approximately £210 per academic course
- 4 terms will cost approximately £270 per academic course
Accommodation is not included in the fees. View your INTO Newcastle accommodation options.
We offer International Foundation Scholarships to a limited number of gifted students.
Visit our International Preparation Course website for more details.
How to apply
To apply online visit our INTO application form.
You can also contact us in a variety of ways.