BSc Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year


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This Foundation Year course gives you the chance to study our prestigious Environmental Sciences degree if you don't meet the traditional entry criteria. You may be a mature student looking for a new career, someone who missed out on studying A-levels, or a student without a science background who wishes to change direction.

Whatever the case, we'll assess your individual circumstances and, if successful, you'll be given a thorough introduction to the basics of Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics before being transferred onto a full degree programme once you've passed the foundation year.

Our Environmental Sciences degree is a highly prestigious course with an exceptional international reputation, so this is a fantastic opportunity to study at one of the best Environmental Sciences Schools in the world.


Our Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year programme provides an exceptional opportunity to study for a degree in a range of Environmental Science specialisations for students who do not have our traditional entry requirements.

Applications for this course are welcomed from mature students, students who have previously not studied science but wish to take a new career direction and students who have been disadvantaged during their secondary education. All applicants are considered on a case-by case basis and all candidates will be interviewed before being offered a place on the course.

The Foundation Year

During the Foundation Year you will be assigned an adviser from the School of Environmental Sciences who will guide you through your course to ensure your progression on to your degree course of choice. All students have a choice of studying two of the following three subjects in semester 1: Biology, Chemistry or Physics. You will additionally study Mathematics throughout the year, with the module choice depending on your previous experience with Mathematics. At the end of the Foundation Year successful students can choose to move, depending on their results, onto a specialist Environmental Sciences degree course of their choice, transfer to one of our Natural Sciences degrees, our Energy Engineering degrees, our Mathematics degrees or remain on the BSc in Environmental Sciences.

The Foundation Year offered at UEA is a full-time course taken over one year. The course does not require any previous AS level or A2 level studies in any of the subjects taught.

In the Foundation year, you will take modules worth 120 credits in all. These credits are obtained by passing the module assessments. Modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination to produce an overall percentage grade and specific module marks. It is these marks, combined with the 120 credits that are taken into consideration when determining progression onto an Honours course.

Environmental Sciences degrees available.

Teaching and Assessment

A typical teaching week consists of around 20-25 hours of timetabled study.

This is taught with a combination of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and small-group tutorials and workshops, where you can discuss, in an informal setting, any points which were raised in lectures and find solutions to problem sheets distributed by tutors. You are also encouraged to discuss academic matters with tutors on a one-to-one basis.

In the laboratory, you will carry out experiments, based on the subject matter of your lecture programme. These sessions are supervised by your lecturers and by postgraduate student demonstrators, who will ensure the safe execution of the experiments and discuss the theory behind them.

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. Marks from the Foundation Year do not count towards your final degree classification, but are important for transfers to other degree programmes.

Course Modules

Year 1 (Foundation Year)


Compulsory Study (20 Credits)

  • Environmental Sciences (semesters 1 and 2)

Optional Study A (40 Credits)

Students will be assigned to Foundation Mathematics or Basic Mathematics in semesters 1 and 2 based on their previous qualifications.

  • Foundation Mathematics (semester 1)
  • Basic Mathematics I (semester 1)
  • Further Foundation Mathematics (semester 2)
  • Basic Mathematics II (semester 2)

Optional Study B (60 Credits)

Optional study (two from semester 1 and one from semester 2).

  • Introductory Biology (Semester 1)
  • Introductory Chemistry (Semester 1)
  • Introductory Physics (Semester 1)
  • Further Biology (Semester 2)
  • Further Chemistry (Semester 2)
  • Further Physics (Semester 2)

For the course profile of your degree of choice, please consult the relevant course pages: Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Degrees


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: Home and EU Students


Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.  To check if you are eligible please visit 


Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We offer a range of Scholarships for International Students – please see our website for further information.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

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