Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

21 September 2020


Full-time (Year 0 of a 4/5 years degree including placement year).

Entry requirements

A Level - CCE


See full entry requirements



Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

Getting stuck into the four main disciplines of biology, chemistry, maths and physics, you’ll have the chance to get a grounding in the scientific knowledge you’ll need no matter which route you eventually decide to take.

  • But it’s not just about theory here. Our professional, dedicated and friendly staff are on hand to help reshape the way you learn, challenge you to rethink your own practices and equip you with the skills that will be the foundations for your further studies.
  • Taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals in our modern facilities, you’ll get the benefit of the staff’s expertise in both academia and industry. Optional drop-in sessions offer a great opportunity for you strengthen your knowledge and make sure you’ve got a clear understanding of all the material as you go along.
  • This course is designed to stretch you and get you working hard and, if you’re up for the challenge, we’ll support you every step of the way.
  • Outside the classroom, our academic skills tutors can help you with your writing style, structuring work or preparing for exams. You’ll also be assigned a personal tutor. For any issues that may have an impact on your studies or general wellbeing, you can turn to our student guidance and support officer for advice.
  • Examples of successful students in the past have included three graduates from this Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree who, in 2015, came top in their respective undergraduate degrees with two winning Chancellor’s prizes. (Chancellor’s Prizes are awarded to the students from each of the University’s academic schools who have achieved the best results in their final year.

On successful completion of this year (you must pass all six modules), you'll be able to continue onto the first year of your degree in the following science subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering*
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmacy**

*Progression onto Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) is dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module. Progression onto Chemical Engineering MEng is also dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module, plus an overall pass mark of at least 70%.

**Progression onto Pharmacy is dependent on meeting stringent performance levels in the Science Extended Degree. You must pass all six modules with an overall pass mark of at least 70%. Plus at least 70% in the Chemistry in Action module and 70% on the maths element of the Foundation Maths module. You must also successfully undertake an interview with the Pharmacy admissions staff.

I honestly cannot praise this course enough. The preparation that the Science Extended Degree gives you for your further studies is amazing. It’s run so well and at such a high level that the first years of my actual degree have been made easier. This course gives you an incredible advantage as you learn how to compile reports, gain beginner stats knowledge and overall knowledge of how university work should be carried out properly and to a high level, which in turn puts you at a great advantage for being successful at further study.


Paul Armitage, Paul Armitage, former Science Extended Degree student, now studying Biology (Molecular and Cellular) BSc(Hons)

Course detail

Science Skills

This course will help you to develop the skills required to successfully complete a scientific degree including what is expected of you at university, how to get the best out of lectures and tutorials and how to find and use information effectively. Successful completion of this module will permit you to take greater control of your own learning. This module is delivered through a programme of tutorials supported by on-line resources. You are expected to expand and develop your knowledge of the main themes through independent study and completion of an e-portfolio. The course is supplemented by the programme of personal tutorials and is assessed completely by coursework.

Foundation Maths

This module is designed to develop your confidence in your ability to handle numbers appropriately and to apply mathematics in a scientific context. It introduces mathematical notation and techniques on which you can build in your future studies. The module also includes an element of Information Technology, introducing you to the use of spreadsheets and word processing packages. It also introduces basic techniques of statistical analysis.


This module seeks to provide a framework of knowledge of living systems for students with little or no advanced biological education. An introduction to cellular biology explains cell structure and function on the basis of the information stored in DNA and how it is used to produce active proteins. On the basis of this knowledge, inheritance of information through cell division and reproduction is considered together with evolution as a core to our understanding of life. Finally the major ways in which cells in a body communicate with each other - the nervous, endocrine and immune systems - are dealt with. The module is delivered by a combination of lectures with practical work to give experience in the laboratory and illustrate some of the lecture material.

Chemistry in Action

This module intends to provide you with an appreciation of what chemistry is and why it is important. It will concentrate on the basic concepts underpinning chemistry and consider the wide variety of chemical processes that influence our daily lives. The course will be delivered mainly by lectures and regular tutorials and the practicals are designed to illustrate and augment the material.

Health and Environment

This module examines a number of health impacts produced by environmental processes. Environmental processes affecting air, soil and water will be examined and the appropriate analytical techniques will be introduced. The module is delivered via a series of lectures linked to laboratory practicals which provide practical instruction in key skills for this discipline.

Scientific Ideas and Practice

The module introduces you to the scientific method, including experimental techniques. It then introduces some of the basic concepts of science, mainly physical concepts but also some fundamental concepts of chemistry and biology. The concepts will be placed in their historical context, where appropriate, but will be used in a modern setting. The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. A series of optional drop-in tutorials are included to help you consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the material.

Entry requirements

CCEat A Level

80 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

MMP in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. This does not need to be in a technical or science subject.

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 80 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

As part of the selection process applicants are normally required to complete an entry test and interview. Read our guidance for more information.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Meet our students

Watch Nadine, Owen and Paul's film to learn more about how the Science Extended Degree helped prepare them for success on their chosen degree courses.


Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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