The Foundation year at Nescot is designed specifically to enable seamless progression on to our two-year Foundation Degree programme, which has two related named routes, Applied Biological Science or Healthcare Science.
|Study Type:||Full Time|
|Academic Level:||Level 3|
|Awarded by:||Kingston University|
One year, 15 hours per week, 32 weeks per year, starting in September.
|UCAS Course Code||H168/C911|
|UCAS Institutional Code||NESCT N49|
Whether you are interested in applications of biological science in industry or plan to work in a hospital laboratory, this Foundation Year will prepare you for entry to our vocationally relevant Foundation degree programmes. A key feature of Nescot’s Foundation degrees is a continuous focus on the integration of theory with its application in the diagnostic laboratory or other biologically related workplace. The content of the programme has been informed by our long-term interactions with employers in the local area (hospital and veterinary laboratories, pharmaceutical and other industrial laboratories).
The course is designed for:
1) Mature students returning to full-time higher education after a break and whose academic skills and knowledge base need upgrading because their previous qualifications are now out of date.
2) Students with recent level-3 qualifications that are not in an appropriate subject area.
3) Students who show interest and aptitude for a course in higher education and would benefit from an additional year of study to consolidate their skills.
This Foundation year differs from level-3 Access courses because it is specifically designed to give students a seamless progression onto the Foundation degree programmes taught at Nescot. Students will have the advantage of getting to know the facilities and staff at Nescot before embarking on the rigorous and more vocationally focussed Foundation Degree programmes. Upon completion of both the Foundation year and Foundation Degree (three years), students will have the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake a final year at Kingston University to 'top-up' their qualifications to the BSc (Hons) in one of the Biological or Biomedical disciplines. Students completing the Foundation Degree will also be qualified for technical work in industrial laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry, veterinary diagnostic laboratories and hospital pathology laboratories.
At Nescot the classes are small and students receive substantial individual attention. Small class sizes facilitate teaching styles with high levels of interaction between the student and the instructor and between students in group work sessions. Similarly, in the laboratory there are more opportunities for individual instruction on specialist equipment. Students on the Foundation year will also have many opportunities for individual feedback, before preparing their final assessments for submission.
The course is modular and students will complete four modules during the one year programme. Assessment is by examination and coursework.
Situated within a college of Further Education, we have an ethos of support built into the fabric of the college. Classes are small and all students are provided many opportunities for individual tutorial support for academic and personal issues. These opportunities are built into the timetable so that you don't have to make heroic efforts to get the support you need. Even when you are not on site, you can use our Weblearn facility that allows students and lecturers to discuss topics online. This will be a dedicated support system for this course.
The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
From A levels: 160 UCAS points from two A2 subjects
BTEC Extended Diploma: 160 UCAS points
Access Diploma: Pass in an Access course, with at least 45 credits at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2 or above.
Plus: GCSE (9 - 4): minimum of five subjects, including Mathematics, English Language, and Double Science.
Mature students, lacking the above qualifications, but with significant science-related work experience may apply and have qualifications assessed by interview and portfolio of evidence.
International qualifications: We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer and we welcome applications from international students. A minimum IELTS score of 6 overall, with no element below 5.5 or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language
The course is specifically designed for seamless progression on to our Foundation degree course in Applied Biological Science or Healthcare Science. The Foundation degree course include work placements and are designed specifically to train students for work in industrial laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and veterinary and hospital diagnostic laboratories. Students successfully completing the Foundation degree will be eligible to complete a 'top-up' year at Kingston University for the full BSc (Hons) in Biomedical or Biological Science.