Foundation Year

Science Foundation Year 

The Science Foundation Year aims to prepare students for degree-level study, by equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in science, healthcare or engineering related subjects. The course is designed to open up an exciting world of opportunities within these disciplines for students who do not meet our standard entry requirements.

The course aims to prepare students with the fundamental skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study, which may open up exciting careers and further study opportunities.

The course provides an alternative integrated entry route onto a wide range of degree-level programmes in the College of Science in the areas of Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physics, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science.

How You Study


Students on the Science Foundation Year study a combination of core and subject specific modules as part of an integrated degree programme. The combination of modules studied is tailored to the needs of the degree programme that students wish to progress onto after successful completion of the foundation year.

Following successful completion of the course, students will then progress onto a full degree programme. This means students will study for a total of four years for a standard degree, or five years if they take an integrated Master’s degree. For more subject specific information, please visit the relevant foundation year course pages below.

The School of Chemistry at Lincoln brings together research-active academic staff and students in a vibrant research-driven environment with the aim of developing chemical innovation and chemists for the future.
The School of Computer Science holds a broad range of expertise in Computing Technologies and Information Systems, including specialisms in robotics and autonomous systems, computer vision and image engineering, medical applications of technology, social computing, games computing, cultural computing and business computing.
Founded in collaboration with Siemens, the University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering has a core philosophy of research-led teaching. The engineers of the future need to be highly skilled, creative professionals who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions in an international environment.
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln is an interdisciplinary school providing an exciting and stimulating environment where excellence in teaching and research are highly valued. Teaching is underpinned by the research expertise of our academic staff.
The School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Lincoln will be based in purpose-built facilities in the University’s new Isaac Newton Building, and offers a variety of courses across both disciplines.
The School of Pharmacy aims to produce pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists who are equipped to address future healthcare challenges and optimise the effectiveness and safety of medicines through research and education.


The Science Foundation Year is taught by academic and professional support staff at the University. Learning will be supported through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials making use of specialist teaching facilities and equipment.

The foundation year provides an introduction to University student life and the opportunity to engage with an exciting range of extracurricular activities. The University of Lincoln’s campus also provides a modern, student-centred environment on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, with the city centre just a short walk away.


Entry Requirements

The Science Foundation Year is designed to open up a pathway of study to those who may not meet the standard entry requirements for a degree. This can include students not having the required combination of subject areas or having lower-than-expected grades.

It could also be an ideal entry route for students who have taken a break from education or are wishing to enter into University with non-traditional qualifications.

Please contact our Enquiries Team (+44 (0)1522 886644) to discuss your qualifications and to see if you are eligable for your chosen programme. Specific course requirements are also shown on the individual course pages above.



2017/18 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.