About the course

This is the first year of a four year BSc (Hons) Science course and is delivered at London South East Colleges - Bromley Campus. The course provides a one-year foundation in the essential elements of biology and chemistry required to study a degree in the sciences. In addition, you will receive tuition in some aspects of physics and courses are also delivered in mathematics and information technology to support your studies.

Full time students receive tuition in both theoretical and practical aspects of biology and chemistry. Part time students receive the same theoretical courses but the practical aspects are largely covered through work carried out in the workplace. Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress to the Foundation degrees offered at London South East Colleges or one of the science degrees offered by the University of Greenwich. Although based at the Bromley campus, you will be registered with the University of Greenwich. As such, you will be able to access university resources such as online literature as well as college resources.

Studying this course part time will also be for one year. 

How to apply

Part Time Programme:

Full Time Programme:

  • UCAS Code CFGO
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for University of Greenwich is G70

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Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 48 UCAS points
  • 5 GCSEs - grades A*-C including English and maths

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

Additional entry requirements

  • Mature students lacking formal qualifications (or having alternative qualifications) will be judged on merit according to the relevance of their experience and qualifications
  • Selection interview and internal tests will be carried out if necessary
  • Applicants who require a Tier 4 Student Visa need to provide an IELTS 6 with minimum required component scores 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

What you will study

The structure of this programme is to provide a broad subject content that will enable you to develop an understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of fundamental scientific principles. You will develop an understanding of biology and chemistry and develop practical laboratory skills.  This one year degrees is designed to provide the additional skills in the subject areas of Mathematics, Information and Computing Technology.


    Level 3

    Introduction to Biology (15 credits)

    Introduction to biology introduces students to the key concepts of biological molecules and their function in homeostasis and examines different cell types and content and how they contribute to tissues and organ function.  This unit explains the significance of homeostasis and the major mechanisms by which it is achieved

    Introduction to Chemistry (15 credits)

    Introduction to chemistry provides students with a foundation knowledge in chemistry and introduces students to atomic, ionic and molecular structures; and their applications within the chemical divisions. This unit will explain key chemical concepts and the significance of theoretical models.

    Essential science (15 credits)

    This course is designed to allow students to develop their understanding of Science on a broad front and should provide foundation for further studies in a range of Science Pathways. The delivery will provide a mixture of learning situations which will promote further development of skills and confidence needed for study at higher levels. This unit will provide the essential framework of chemical and biological science and extend the student appreciation of application of chemical principles to living systems.  Essential science will enhance the understanding of equilibrium and factors which lead to change and/or control.

    Topics in contemporary science (15 credits)

    This unit approaches a variety of topics of current interest from a basic scientific standpoint and enhances the student’s ability to make connections between fundamental principles and 'real' applications.

    Learning skills for science (15 credits)

    This unit will equip students with the learning skills necessary to enable them to flourish on a higher education programme of study and students will develop confidence to present a reasoned scientific argument.  Learning skills for science introduces students to scientific writing, referencing and data evaluation and students will gain confidence to function in a scientific environment.

    Mathematics (15 credits)

    The course aims to provide the numerical skills consistent with the requisites of the science subjects in the Level 0 programme. It has also been designed to provide the necessary underpinning from the further development of data processing and statistical analysis at Level I.

    Developing practical skills (15 credits) Full-time only

    This course provides a foundation of practical skills and introduces aspects of safety within the laboratory. These skills are common to all science disciplines and will be developed in later practical courses.

    Science laboratory skills (15 credits) Full-time only

    This course provides an opportunity for students to consolidate and develop skills introduced in chemistry and biology.  The experiments are chosen to relate to and exemplify concepts introduced in Courses Essential science and Topics in Contemporary Science and will enable student to acquire knowledge and understanding through their own investigations.

    Laboratory Practical Skills (15 credits) Part-time only

    This course provides a foundation of practical skills, and consolidate and develop skills.

    Laboratory Health, Safety & Administration (15 credits) Part-time only

    This course has been developed to enable students to demonstrate a number of learning outcomes related to the knowledge and skills obtained in their own workplace. Although laboratory environments vary in working practice and goals, the underlying principles relating to safety, occupational health and laboratory management are the same.


    Assessment methods are varied and include practical work, assignments, essays, presentations, short tests and two examinations, one in January and one in May


    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet these include:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where required

    - Library Fees and Fines - If you fail to return loaned items within the required time you will be responsible for the cost of any fees or fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - You will need to cover the cost of any printing or photocopying undertaken to support your learning

    - Laboratory Equipment - You will need to cover the cost of a the lab coat and spectacles - they are available to buy new from the College at £15. You will also have to pay a £5 deposit for a locker.

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for you to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by you.


    The programme is composed of courses which are delivered using lectures, tutorial and practicals. It is composed of a total of 120 credits.  


    Your overall workload typically consists of 15 contact hours. You will be expected to undertake at least 15 hours independent learning and assessment activity. For the part time pathway, you will be expected to attend lectures and practicals for one day a week.


    When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

     For each 15 module, your study time is about 10 hours a week. 


    All members of the science team have doctorates within biology, biochemistry and chemistry fields.  All staff have had experience in working within a research or pharmaceutical environment.  They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching.


    Successful completion of this year will allow you to progress to the Foundation degrees offered at London South East Colleges or to the BSc (Hons) science degrees offered by the University of Greenwich

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