The Life Sciences Foundation Programme prepares students for a range of life science related degree courses including Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Health & Social Care and Nutrition.
The programme helps students to acquire the knowledge base, academic and practical skills necessary for study at degree level. It provides an understanding of how the human body works through a study of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. It also introduces the study of some elements of pathology, microbiology, virology and parasitology, genetics, public health and community modules.
Core Chemistry introduces students to the fundamentals of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. Students start with atomic structure and the arrangement of electrons in an atom. They also learn how to calculate amounts of substances and how to write formulae and balance equations. The main types of chemical bonding and structures are also studied as well as an introduction to organic and inorganic chemistry. In the second part of the course, students build on the knowledge already obtained and gain a deeper understanding of the topics studied. They study energetics, rates of reaction and equilibria, performing multi step calculations in each case. They also study more organic chemistry and gain an understanding of additional functional groups of aromatic molecules. In addition, students develop their skills in planning and carrying out practical investigations.
Core Mathematics is designed to ensure that all students have an appropriate level of mathematical knowledge and competence in order to progress on to undergraduate studies in a range of life science fields. In Part 2, the course builds on the themes covered in the Core Mathematics module as well as introducing topics in Mechanics.
There is a strong emphasis on developing learning skills and approaches in preparation for higher education study in the UK in order that students who graduate from our programme are well equipped with the skills and attributes required for degree level study.