Life Sciences

The International Foundation Year in Life Sciences leads to a choice of degrees in the Faculty of Health and Medicine and in the Faculty of Science and Technology. To prepare for your degree, you will study subject modules and core English language modules. Degree options include Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, and Ecology.

You will learn about cell structure and function, as well as physiological processes in animals. Other areas of study include plant biology, genetics and ecology. Mathematic techniques are part of the course, and you will apply your understanding to real-life situations.

Core modules focus on your English language and university-level study skills. At the end of the programme you will feel confident in taking notes, writing essays, giving presentations, and contributing to discussions. 

Study areas include:


Academic English Skills*

  • develop your English communication skills
  • presenting and seminar preparation
  • time management and organisational skills
  • meeting deadlines and responding to feedback

Project and research skills

  • a self-study project related to your undergraduate degree
  • completed over two terms.

*Subject to approval

Subject-specific modules give you the academic knowledge and confidence you need to progress to your chosen degree.

Study areas include:

Core Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Understanding mathematical terms and techniques
  • Problem solving in real-life situations

Cell Biology

  • Biological molecules
  • Cellular structure
  • Cell division
  • Movement through cell membranes
  • Enzymes and metabolic pathways

Physiology

  • The cardiovascular system
  • The respiratory system
  • The digestive system
  • Osmo-regulation
  • Control and co-ordination
  • Reproduction

Chemistry 1 & 2

  • Formulae
  • Equations and moles
  • Atomic structure
  • Introduction to redox systems
  • Thermodynamics and bonding
  • Equilibria
  • Acid base equilibria
  • Kinetics and organic chemistry

Further studies in Biology and Chemistry

  • Genetics
  • Ecology and plant biology
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Oxidation/ reduction reactions
  • Transition element chemistry

Progressing to your degree

You will progress to your chosen degree when you have completed the International Foundation Year and achieved the grades you need.

Life Sciences faculties

Depending on the subject you choose, you will study for your undergraduate degree in either the Faculty of Health and Medicine or the Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University. Lancaster University invested more than £26 million in its Chemistry facilities and equipment.

Degree options

You can choose between more than 35 different Life Sciences degrees at Lancaster. Your degree options include Biochemistry, Psychology, Environmental Science, and Ecology and Conservation.

To see all degree options, visit our progression degrees page.

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Key facts

Course length

Three terms

Entry points

October and January

Visit our term dates page for specific dates.

Entry requirements

Visit our entry requirements page to learn more.

Top rankings

7th in Geography
7th in Environmental Science

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017

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