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Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree

2024-25 (also available for 2023-24)

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Start date

16 September 2024


1 year 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)


About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You could take the next steps toward achieving your goals by progressing onto the first year of a science degree.
  2. Your learning will take place in new £18.2 million facilities and state of the art labs.
  3. You'll be supported by an Academic Skills Tutors and a Personal Tutor to help you get ahead in your studies.

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 academic 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.

On successful completion of this year (you must pass all five 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
  • Geography
  • Optometry**
  • Pharmacy**

Please note, many of the courses offered by the School of Applied Sciences are offered ‘with a research placement’. If you wish to progress on to a ‘with research placement’ degree will be required to achieve an overall pass of at least 50%.

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

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

*** Progression onto Biomedical Science BSc(Hons) is subject to a pass in all modules with an overall pass mark of at least 50%.

Course detail

Maths and Physics

This module introduces you to some of the basic concepts of science, mainly mathematical and physical concepts. The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, self-paced online videos, tutorials, practicals and online quizzes. The tutorials and quizzes will reinforce the lecture and video content, and the practicals will develop data analysis and experimental skills.


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, transport and exchange 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 traditional lectures and regular seminar sessions, and the practicals are designed to illustrate and augment the material.

Scientific Investigations

This module introduces you to the scientific method, including data acquisition, experimental design, statistical analysis, interpretation and evaluation of evidence. A core component of the module focuses on the application of statistical techniques to aid in the analysis of student generated data. This module will also involve the practical application of the research skills developed in the module Science Skills.

Science Skills

This module will help develop the skills required to successfully complete a scientific degree. You'll have the opportunity to learn 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. The material covered will have an employability theme running through it. Successful completion of the module will permit you to take greater control of your own learning and how to apply it to your future careers. This module will also introduce you to the key skills required for your future employment. You'll undertake self-assessment of your existing skill set and identify areas requiring development in your skills audit. You'll map these skills to your future potential careers to identify transferable skills required. A series of 'employability challenges' will help you identify and link your transferable skills. The course is delivered through a programme of lectures and tutorials supported by on-line resources and guest speakers. You are expected to expand and develop your knowledge of the main themes through independent study and completion of an e-portfolio.

Entry requirements

CCEat A Level .

80 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

Pass at T Level in Science with C grade on core.

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

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 80 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.
  • In addition you must have GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade 4 or above or Grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.

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. 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.

Applicants may be invited to take a test and interview if their qualifications do not meet our minimum criteria.

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.

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