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Science foundation year

Attendance Apply Year of entry
1 year full time UCAS codes are included on the relevant webpage for the course you would like to study 2016 and 2017

Why choose this course?

If you would like to study a science subject at Kingston University but are not yet ready to join the first year of a BSc(Hons) course, you can include this extra foundation year within your chosen degree. This gives you an alternative entry route if you lack traditional qualifications such as A-levels, if you are a mature student, or if you have non-science-based A-levels. 

What you will study

This extra year is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to continue on the degree of your choice. It is taught at Kingston College, where you will benefit from the friendly, informal atmosphere of college life before continuing your study at the University campus.

Throughout the foundation year you will study a range of subjects that underpin subsequent study in Year 1 of your degree and beyond. The broad scope of subjects is intended to allow study in a range of subject areas and, in some instances, allow flexibility of choice of intended degree route. Subjects start at an elementary level, and there is a strong emphasis on the development of practical investigational and study skills. 

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

  • This module is designed to provide an essential introduction to the biological sciences, through the study of basic biochemistry, the characteristics of life, selected body systems, genetics and evolution. It also introduces some of the relevant tools and techniques used in modern biology. 

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the basics of biochemistry.
    • Identify and describe the structural and functional features of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.
    • Describe and explain some of the central concepts and unifying theories in modern biology associated with the characteristics of living things such as homeostasis, co-ordination/control, genetics and evolution.
    • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the industrial use of cells and enzymes, and the principles of genetic engineering.
    • Demonstrate a fundamental grasp of a range of techniques used in modern biology; perform simple experiments, accurately record and analyse practical data.
     
  • The module covers a wide range of fundamental chemical concepts including: atomic and nuclear structure, bonding and structure, energetics, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, redox reactions and organic chemistry including, isomerism and introduction & reactions of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives. The module allows students to see the application of chemistry to a number of science-based disciplines.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the atomic structure including the electronic arrangement.
    • Predict the bonding, structure and shape of simple inorganic, organic and metallic substances.
    • Perform calculations based on the mole concept, enthalpy changes, kinetics (rate), equilibria and pH; write chemical formulae and balance chemical equations (including ionic and redox).
    • Apply IUPAC rules to name a range of organic molecules including structural isomers and stereoisomers.
    • Describe typical reactions of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives.
    • Perform and report laboratory experiments competently and confidently.
     
  • This module develops competence in a range of mathematical and statistical techniques applied within scientific contexts; building upon previous mathematical experiences gained. Utilising calculators and computer software to analyse and present mathematical data in a variety of suitable formats is incorporated.  

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Recall and use a range of numerical, algebraic and statistical techniques to solve mathematical problems.
    • Recall and use a range of graphical methods to present and interpret data.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of simple calculus and its use to solve problems.
    • Use spreadsheets to present, analyse and interpret numerical data.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of simple probability and its use to solve problems.
    • Relate and use the mathematical concepts and techniques in the module to solve problems expressed in scientific contexts.
     
  • This module is designed for those who continue to Level 4 of the following undergraduate degree courses:

    • Exercise, Nutrition and Health BSc(Hons)
    • Nutrition BSc(Hons)
    • Sport Analysis and Coaching BSc(Hons)
    • Sport Science BSc(Hons)

    The content of this module reflects the variety of disciplines that will be required in these courses, namely anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports practical and sports psychology. The module also introduces you to basic research methodology as applied to sports science.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of functional anatomy and sport biomechanics.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of physiological aspects of sports performance.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological aspects of sport.
    • Demonstrate competence and understanding of sport science principles through active participation.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.
     
  • This module is designed for those who continue to Level 4 of environmental, geological or geographical related degrees.

    The module is designed to provide an introduction to the Earth sciences, through the study of the geological structure of the Earth, subsurface processes, surface processes, and the interaction of the human race with the environment.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe and explain the geological structure and features of the Earth.
    • Describe and explain the plate tectonic model of the Earth and place it within the context of geological history.
    • Describe the nature of Earth materials and place them within their environments or tectonic settings of formation.
    • Describe and explain a range of surface processes and their associated features.
    • Place humans within the context of the Earth, describe some of the inherent geohazards that the environment may present, and identify potential conflicts that may arise through the use of the Earth's resources.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of various techniques used to investigate the Earth.
     
  • This module is designed for those who continue to Level 4 of computer science related degrees.

    The aim of this module is to give an understanding of the basic principles of computing systems together with the ability to install and configure such systems. It will cover both computer hardware and the operating systems that runs on it.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe hardware components and peripheral devices and the role they play in modern computer systems.
    • Describe the key features of operating systems and how they co-ordinate communication between the user and the hardware.
    • Describe how a range of data is encoded, stored and processed.
    • Install hardware and software components in a variety of different systems.
    • Use a variety of problem solving methodologies to resolve hardware and software issues.
    • Write simple batch scripts.
     
  • This module is designed for those who continue to Level 4 of computing and mathematics-related degrees and also those who undertake technological sciences degrees. 

    This module aims to give a solid grounding in the basics of software development and teach students the fundamental principles of computer programming and inter-operability.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Describe the software development lifecycle.
    • Describe approaches to requirements analysis and documentation.
    • Design simple software programs.
    • Use basic programming concepts to create programs and user interfaces.
    • Create simple normalised databases.
    • Produce professional solutions using a variety of development methods.
     
  • Scientific Investigation and Skills

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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This course is taught at Kingston College, with the exception of Pharmacy MPharm(Hons)

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