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Are you passionate about science, and want a practical introduction that will help prepare you for your chosen degree pathway? The course is designed to provide fundamental scientific knowledge and skills, to give you experience in a range of science fields before you choose your ultimate degree destination.

These areas include Chemistry, Food Science and Forensic Science, establishing your laboratory skills, basic numeracy skills, data handling, ICT and study skills. Many of our student’s report that, having completed this foundation course, they feel more confident and much better prepared to begin their chosen degree.

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The course is designed to provide fundamental scientific knowledge and skills, to give you experience in a range of science fields before you choose your ultimate degree destination. These areas include Biology, Chemistry, Food Science and Forensic Science, establishing your laboratory skills, basic numeracy skills, data handling, ICT and study skills. Many of our students report that, having completed this foundation course, they feel more confident and much better prepared to begin their chosen degree.

This foundation year will allow you to hit the ground running in your chosen career path . With successful completion you can automatically progress on to one of our 10 full-time, accredited science degrees:
(list updated April 2016)

100% are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats, 2016). 

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Are you passionate about science, and want a practical introduction that will help prepare you for your chosen degree pathway? The course is designed to provide fundamental scientific knowledge and skills, to give you experience in a range of science fields before you choose your ultimate degree destination.

These areas include Chemistry, Food Science and Forensic Science, establishing your laboratory skills, basic numeracy skills, data handling, ICT and study skills. Many of our student’s report that, having completed this foundation course, they feel more confident and much better prepared to begin their chosen degree.

Northumbria University Applied Sciences Foundation Year Course from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

The course is designed to provide fundamental scientific knowledge and skills, to give you experience in a range of science fields before you choose your ultimate degree destination. These areas include Biology, Chemistry, Food Science and Forensic Science, establishing your laboratory skills, basic numeracy skills, data handling, ICT and study skills. Many of our students report that, having completed this foundation course, they feel more confident and much better prepared to begin their chosen degree.

This foundation year will allow you to hit the ground running in your chosen career path . With successful completion you can automatically progress on to one of our 10 full-time, accredited science degrees:
(list updated April 2016)

100% are in employment or further study within six months of graduating (Unistats, 2016). 

Northumbria University Department of Applied Sciences from Northumbria University on Vimeo.

Course Information

UCAS Code
Y002

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
Foundation year followed by a further 3 or 4 years full-time study

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Applied Sciences

The Department of Applied Sciences has an exciting and extensive portfolio of subjects including biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, forensic science, food and nutritional sciences

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As a student you will benefit from our passionate, research-active staff. They are on hand to offer guidance and support throughout the course, operating an ‘Open Door’ policy to ensure you receive the support you need. From the outset we help you develop the skills to become a confident, enquiry-based learner.

Learning and teaching methods across the course are designed to provide a transition from Level 3 qualifications to those essential for access to specific science-based BSc degree courses. The accumulation of knowledge and understanding, laboratory, IT and other key transferable skills are embedded throughout the course.

You will be assessed via a range of methods including formal examinations, open book tests, written laboratory reports, problem-solving exercises and assignments, essays, oral presentations, literature surveys, project work, poster presentations, electronic submissions and formative assessment.

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You will learn from the best – our academic staff have a genuine passion for their subject. Our courses are at the forefront of current knowledge and practice, and are shaped by world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The academic team are active researchers in their chosen specialisms and routinely impart this knowledge into their teaching, as well as scientific conferences and publications. Furthermore, many of our staff are experienced and established within their professional science bodies, thereby informing policy and practices within their profession.

Our staff's talent is also recognised by others. Northumbria was rated in the top 20 in the UK in eleven subjects, and in the top five in three subjects, by the Complete University Guide 2015.

 

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We teach in large, modern, well-equipped labs with audio-visual facilities to enhance our ability to demonstrate techniques or interesting observations. Our laboratories, equipment and bespoke subject-specific facilities (for example a dedicated crime scene house and state-of-the-art- laboratories) provide students with ‘real world’ experiences and learning opportunities directly applicable to their future degree subject. This authenticity is evident in all aspects of the course from lectures through to assessment design.

Applied Science Facilities

The Department of Applied Sciences has modern laboratory and computing resources for learning, teaching, research, innovation and business engagement.

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Our expert, enthusiastic staff are at the heart of our department, on hand to offer guidance and support throughout your course. The Department of Applied Sciences contributes primarily to the University’s research themes in Cellular and Molecular Sciences and Health and Lifestyle Studies. We have research groups in: Applied Chemistry; Health Interventions and Wellbeing Research; Mammalian Cell Biology and Immunology; Microbiology; and Forensic Science.

We encourage early-career researchers and have a distinctive appeal based on academic excellence, entrepreneurialism and innovation. Our academics balance teaching, research and working with external organisations.

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sciences Foundation Year

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This course is specifically designed to inspire and support your progression onto one of our applied BSc science degree courses. On successful completion of the course you will have gained sufficient knowledge and experience to decide which scientific career path is the right one for you and have the relevant entry criteria to move onto it. You will have the range of essential skills both analytical and practical, plus assessment experience which means that you will be confident to progress on to the full degree of your chosen career path.

The transferable skills that you will gain in the course are also relevant to and valued by employers. These include critical thinking, effective group work, data-mining through use of electronic and classical sources of information, record-keeping, problem solving, independent learning and the communication of ideas to various audiences.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

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The Applied Sciences department is business focused – we seek to develop sustainable partnerships with industry and commerce to benefit you, the student.

The applied nature of research has enabled enterprise and consultancy to be established in collaboration with a wide range of industrial partners ranging from large multi-nationals to small companies based in the region and nationally.

Your skills will be developed to meet the needs identified by our partners, and your lab-ready skillset will be demonstrated to potential employers through placements and graduate recruitment available once you progress onto the full degree.

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sciences Foundation Year

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study the Applied Sciences Foundation Year. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

If you are fascinated by science, then this course offers a practical introduction to the sciences and will help you decide which degree option best meets your needs.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

80 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 1 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Merit Pass Pass

Scottish Highers:

CCCC at Higher level, CC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

BCCCC

IB Diploma:

80 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 30 credits at Merit and 15 at Pass

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

You will incur some costs for materials throughout your course, an approximate cost is £30 per year.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0300 -

Introduction to Human Biosciences (Core, 20 Credits)

You will receive an introduction to basic biological concepts relating to the organisation of the human organism.
You will learn to describe the molecular, cellular (cytology) and tissue (histology) organisation of mammals, with particular emphasis on humans, and explain relationships between form and function at each level.
You will find out about the basic principles of genetics including the structure and role of DNA in transmission of heritable information and the principles of Mendelian inheritance.
You will begin to describe the biochemical characteristics of living organisms and explain how the human form is built up by the physical and chemical processes of digestion, absorption and assimilation of food and how energy is supplied at cellular level by respiration.
You will learn about the concept of transport in humans by investigating gaseous exchange and transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide round the body by the heart, lungs and vascular system.
You will receive an introduction to the defence functions of the blood and characteristics of mammalian vascular systems which are important in understanding and managing disease (blood pressure, heartbeat, white blood cells, phagocytes, antibody production, blood groups).
You will be introduced to aspects of co-ordination, response and control in the human organism with reference to the processes of homeostasis and the endocrine and nervous systems.

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AP0301 -

Foundations of Chemical Structures (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn how to relate the electronic structure of species (atoms, ions) to the molecular structures of organic and inorganic compounds. You will gain an understanding of metallic, ionic, covalent and co-ordinate bonding and link this to the physical properties of substances. You will learn about intermolecular forces, study solution chemistry and apply this knowledge to calculations involving volumetric analysis. You will deduce ‘molecular’ formulae and structure of compounds from the appropriate experimental or theoretical data. You will begin to explore the modern spectroscopic techniques of Infra-Red, Proton-NMR and mass spectroscopy and use them to identify the presence of organic functional groups in complex molecules. By the end of this module you will have acquired knowledge needed to progress onto a chemistry based undergraduate programme.

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AP0302 -

Foundations of Chemical Reactions (Core, 20 Credits)

This module builds on the theory introduced in the early lectures of the Foundations of Chemical Structure module. In it you will learn both theoretically and practically about the particulate nature of matter (solids, liquids and gases) and link this to evaluation of chemical formulae and the ideal gas equation. You will relate collision theory to rates of reaction and link activation energy to exothermic and endothermic reactions. You will learn about Hess’s law and complete practical investigations and calculations based on this law to determine enthalpy values. You will explore what is meant by the term equilibrium and evaluate theoretically the effects of temperature and pressure on its position. You will deepen your knowledge of acids, bases and pH by learning about acid dissociation constants Ka and pKa. You will learn about some key transition metal chemistry by exploring theoretically and practically redox reactions and the electrochemical series. In addition you will apply the organic chemistry theory from Foundations of Chemical Structure to synthesise an organic acid learning valuable practical and transferrable skills along the way.

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AP0303 -

Introduction to Biological and Food Science (Core, 20 Credits)

In semester one you will learn about the biological basis of food and nutrition and will be introduced to a range of elements and compounds which are essential for life. The principles of healthy eating based on UK guidelines and the role of food in maintaining health will be explored whilst providing an understanding of the nutritional needs of a variety of individuals. You will learn about the nutritional values of food and the factors affecting food choices. You will explore through lectures and a laboratory practical some aspects of food processing and preservation and the use of additives. Aspects of food microbiology including food hygiene and safety will also be explored.

In semester two you will receive a series of lectures from experts in their fields and a field trip to the local history museum. Through these you will learn about the functional significance of the structures found in living organisms, both plant and animal and explore the evolutionary genetic changes which have led to the diversity of form and function in living organisms and the underlying mechanisms that have caused these to occur. You will gain an understanding of the biotechnological principles behind brewing. You will learn about biochemical constituents of living organisms and will have the pathways of synthesis and degradation of these constituents explained to you. You will explore some key aspects of human bioscience including how the human body responds to changes in the short term by internal regulation (homeostasis). Within this you will learn about diabetes and the role of insulin.

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AP0304 -

Practical and Transferable Skills (Core, 20 Credits)

You will acquire some key practical skills including the correct use of micropipettes, quick fit glassware, and assorted volumetric apparatus. You will learn about sterile techniques and safe handling of microbes; reflux and Buchner filtration; thin layer chromatography and correct usage of burettes and a variety of pipettes. In addition you will review your IT skills to ensure you can easily access the eLP, library and other on-line resources including correct referencing. You will use excel spread-sheets to process experimentally acquired data and produce graphical representations of your results. You will also be trained in the correct use of a laboratory notebook, a skill you will develop in your progression degree and be assessed in through your final year project. You will learn how to present a laboratory report using the IMRAD style.

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AP0305 -

Professionalism in Science (Core, 20 Credits)

You will experience the forensic application of science to crime investigation. This module will enable you to understand how your scientific thinking and practical laboratory skills can be deployed in a real world context. You will cover how forensic science is utilised to assist a crime investigation, following a case specific example to illustrate key points along the investigation process. You will further develop your microscopy and pipette skills through laboratory practicals designed around the recovery, examination and analysis of forensic material of relevance to a particular case. Your attention to detail, precision and inquisitive mind will be core skills covered during the laboratory practical.

You will also explore how science is communicated to others. Forensic scientists have a high level of scientific understanding that underpins the forensic evidence that they give in a statement or court room. However, the audience – police, jury – aren’t expected to have any scientific knowledge or experience but do need to understand how the scientific forensic evidence assists a crime investigation. This requires the forensic scientists to ‘translate’ complex information and relay it to others at a level that they can confidentally understand it. You will work together with colleagues in small groups to prepare a poster, conveying complex scientific information to a non-scientific audience.

Your involvement in this module will help you learn what it is to be a professional scientist, understanding the importance of observations, attention to detail and clear communication. These are key transferable skills for those in the scientific profession and are directly applicable to all of the degree programmes that you could progress onto after successful study of your foundation year.

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JE5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Applied Sciences (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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