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Foundation Programme in Science, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


The foundation year offers the opportunity for a wide range of people with different qualifications to enter the challenging and exciting world of science and subjects allied to medicine. This is a transition programme which aims to consolidate your skills and knowledge from further education study, but build on those to smooth your transition to a University environment. Study the processes of sensation and perception at a biological, neurophysiological and psychological level. 

Refresh your knowledge of biology, understand the role of physics in the healthcare sciences and improve your numeracy and study skills. Provided suitable grades are achieved at the end of the course, progression onto a degree programme is guaranteed. 


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Aston University is a large  coeducational higher education institution. Aston University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Senses and Perception 
  • Professional skills
  • Mathematics for healthcare sciences
  • Biology
  • Physics for healthcare sciences
  • Additional elective subject (Chemistry for progression to MPharm or could include Developmental Psychology or Sociology modules)

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
          • Credits
            120 ECTS
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          You need the following IELTS score:

          • Minimum required score:


            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          Academic Requirements

          Typical offer level (minimum grades indicated - progression to some courses may require higher entry grades - please state your degree of interest at application):

          • A Level: CCC 
          • BTEC National Diploma: DDM in relevant National Diploma 
          • IB: 29-30 points (including a science subject at Higher Level) 

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            9250 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • National

            9250 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Birmingham

          • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


          Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.