Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Environmental Science and Sustainability with Foundation Year (full-time)
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Sep 2019
Franchised HE
About this course

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Lackham campus, the Foundation Year in Applied Science is studied in the first year of a three-year full-time programme or the first two years of a five-year part-time programme.  It forms an integral part of the Foundation Degree (FdSc) suite within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Department at Wiltshire College and University Centre. 

It also forms part of the College’s commitment to widening participation acknowledging that students with potential to succeed at degree level may come from a wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences.

The Foundation Year is distinctive from other level 3 courses designed for access to Higher Education in that it is part of an extended Foundation Degree programme and is tailored to the needs of the various courses at level four within Wiltshire College in partnership with Bournemouth University. 

Therefore, students not only have opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that prepare for level 4 of their intended courses but also have opportunity to familiarise themselves with the institution and become part of the broader student community within the College.

What will I learn?

After completing the three years, students will gain a Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Environmental Science and Sustainability with Foundation Year and the course modules studied over these three years are:

Year 0 (Foundation Year)
• Foundations in Biology
• Foundations in Chemistry
• Mathematical Science Skills
• Practical Science

Year 1 (Foundation Degree)
• Environmental Geography
• Introduction to Ecological Science
• Essential Biology for Environmental Science
• Mathematics for Science
• Academic Writing Skills
• Practical Laboratory Skills

Year 2 (Foundation Degree)
• Professional Development Portfolio
• Human Impact on the Environment
• Work Related Project
• Biodiversity and Conservation
• Sustainable Energy and the Environment
• Sustainability and Management in Practice

Entry requirements

Applicants should either be young learners aged between 18 to 21 who have not engaged in post-16 education but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study.

Alternatively, either applicants aged over 21 who are mature learners with no formal qualifications or learners with A Levels (or equivalent) which were obtained more than three years ago are welcome to apply.

It is desirable for applicants to have achieved a grade C (4) or greater in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

Applicants whose first language is not English are welcome to apply with a suitable IELTS qualification or university recognised equivalent and evidence of academic qualifications would be required.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the year in which they wish to enter the programme although deferrals will be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

Potential applicants should attend advertised Open Day events when the basis for any exceptional entry can be considered.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During each module, students will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment.  Assessment of all modules will be by both assignments and exams.

All modules are designed to enable students to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the Applied Science industry and to encourage students to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:
Students will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to their peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of Applied Science hardware and software.

Work Placements:
There is no Work Placement requirement for the Foundation Degree although there is a Work Related Project to be completed in year 2 of the programme which may require the student to liaise with a local company or organisation.

Additional costs and information

The cost of this programme is £8,200 per year (£14,500 for international students).

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is F448.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, students will guaranteed an interview at Bournemouth University to progress onto the top-up year which will be delivered at the university.