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Cert Foundation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Course overview

Cert Foundation in Science, Engineering and Mathematics ()

Course duration

1 year(s) full-time

Part-time study is not available for this course

Application method

Full-time: Apply direct to the University


£6,100 per year, home students

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.


Clifton campus

The Foundation Year in Science, Engineering and Maths is a one-year introductory course, designed to prepare you to progress to undergraduate study in a non-clinical science, engineering or mathematics degree subject.

The course is for students returning to education without prior Level 3 qualifications (such as A-level or equivalent) and includes tailored support to help you to transition to degree-level study. You will meet with a personal tutor and have access to the library, peer mentoring and academic skills development, such as essay writing.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be guaranteed a place on a non-clinical undergraduate degree within the University’s Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering or Faculty of Life Sciences. We offer degrees covering the full range of fundamental and applied science and engineering at Bristol, as well as interdisciplinary degree courses in subjects such as biomedical sciences, data science, engineering design, environmental science and palaeontology and evolution.

Choosing to study a science, engineering or life sciences degree allows you to develop knowledge and a range of transferable skills that employers value. Our graduates are highly employable, with skills in areas such as numeracy, teamworking, report writing and problem-solving. Bristol graduates are in demand and the University’s high academic standards and excellent teaching attract many recruiters.

Applications are made directly to the University. You can find information about making an application on our how to apply page. If you have questions about the foundation year or the application process, please contact choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk

Course structure

The course comprises five units: Core Chemistry or Core Physics, two maths units, a study skills unit and a group project.

You will choose either a chemistry or a physics pathway depending on the degree subject you aim to study after the course. You will also take core units in maths, building your confidence and ability in using maths to solve problems in science and engineering.

You will need to dedicate around 12-14 hours each week to lectures and seminars and at least ten hours per week for independent study.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirements

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels

Selection process

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