The International Foundation Year in Life Sciences provides a route to a number of undergraduate degrees in the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. Degree options include Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Science, Cell Biology, Ecology and Conservation, Environmental Biology, and Psychology.
What will I study?
During Foundation Year, you will study a combination of core modules, including English Language and university study skills, and subject specific modules.
Academic English Skills
Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
Project and Research Skills
You will complete a self-study project on a topic that you will take, in consultation with your tutor, from the academic discipline that you will subsequently study at degree level.
Subject specific modules
This module contains both algebra and statistics. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical terms and techniques and apply these to solving problems, frequently drawn from practical and real-life situations.
You will learn about biological molecules, cellular structure, cell division, movement through cell membranes, enzymes and metabolic pathways.
You will look at the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, osmo-regulation, control and co-ordination, and reproduction.
You will study formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.
You will learn about equilibria, acid base equilibria, kinetics and organic chemistry.
Further Studies in Biology and Chemistry
You will develop your understanding of genetics, ecology and plant biology plus inorganic chemistry, oxidation/ reduction reactions and transition element chemistry.