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Life Sciences

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.

Core modules

Academic English Skills (AES 1,2 & 3)*

You will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback.

When you have completed these modules you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to five presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

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

Core Mathematics

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.

Cell Biology

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.

Chemistry 1

You will study formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding.

Chemistry 2

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.

*Subject to approval