International Foundation in Physical and Natural Sciences

Introduction

Overview

Preparing students for entry to Year 1 of an extensive range of innovative science undergraduate degrees in subjects including biochemistry, environmental and materials science, physics and chemistry at The University of Manchester.

This program is available to study on campus only.

Key information

  • Practise academic writing skills, particularly relating to laboratory reports.
  • Students will enhance their understanding of a range of scientific topics, discovering solutions to global issues.
  • Gain practical experience in university-style labs.
  • Visit the University to meet with staff and gain an insight into different degree programmes.
  • Nearly 50 progression degrees, some of which offer an industrial placement option.

Fast facts

Class duration

Typically held Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 17.00 excluding bank holidays. However, there may be instances where classes need to be held outside these times due to unforeseen circumstances.

Class Size

Maximum class size for English language teaching 20

Award

International Foundation Certificate (RQF Level 3) from NCUK.

Teaching

Teaching methods

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • group projects
  • practical exercises

Why The University of Manchester?

  • Progression to an extensive range of innovative science undergraduate degrees including Environmental Science, Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science.
  • Home to seven Chemistry and 13 Physics and Astronomy Nobel Prize winners.
  • Research-led teaching from renowned scientists, with access to leading research facilities including the Atmospheric Measurement Facility - providing the UK scientific community with up-to-date observations of the atmosphere.
  • A focus on employability and practical skills with many degree subjects offering placement year options or year abroad.
Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement

16

Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Dates & fees

September 2022 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 12 September 2022 - Fri 16 December 2022
Mon 9 January 2023 - Fri 31 March 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 30 June 2023

£21,425


January 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 9 January 2023 - Thu 6 April 2023
Mon 17 April 2023 - Fri 26 May 2023
Tue 30 May 2023 - Fri 25 August 2023

£21,425


Modules

Term 1 modules

Credit value

English for Academic Purposes and Study Skills

INTO Essentials

Manchester University Link Tutors’ Award

Term 1 specialist modules

Credit value

Biology

Chemistry

Further Mathematics

Mathematics

Physics

Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Biochemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biochemistry-MSci

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology with Science and Society with Industrial/ Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biology with Science and Society-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biology with a Modern Language-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology-MSci

AAB with AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry) and grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Chemistry with Industrial Experience-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with International Study-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Earth and Planetary Sciences with Industrial Experience-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including at least 1 science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences with International Study-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including at least 1 science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences with a Research Placement-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences-BSc (Hons)

ABB including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Educational Psychology-BSc (Hons)

AAB

B


Environmental Management with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B


Environmental Science with Industrial Experience-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science with International Study-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science with a Research Placement-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science-BSc (Hons)

ABB including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Fashion Buying and Merchandising-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Fashion Marketing-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Fashion Technology-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Geography with Professional Placement-BA (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B; Writing: B, Speaking: B, Listening: C, Reading: C


Geography-BA (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B; Writing: B, Speaking: B, Listening: C, Reading: C


Geography-BSc (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B, Listening: C, Reading: C, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Master of Planning with Real Estate-MPRE

ABB

B


Materials Science and Engineering with Biomaterials-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Corrosion-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Metallurgy-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Optometry-BSc (Hons)

AAB

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Physics with Astrophysics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Astrophysics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Study in Europe-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Theoretical Physics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Theoretical Physics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Planning and Real Estate with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B


Planning and Real Estate-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B


Planning with Professional Placement-MPlan

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B


Planning-MPlan

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B

Grades of ABB


Start Dates September January
Program length 3 Terms

Entry requirements

Age requirement

16

Academic requirements

Completion of 12 years of schooling (or local equivalent to meet the same standard) with good grades.

English language entry requirements

3 Terms: IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Dates & fees

September 2023 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 11 September 2023 - Fri 15 December 2023
Mon 8 January 2024 - Thu 28 March 2024
Mon 15 April 2024 - Fri 5 July 2024


January 2024 start
(3 Terms)

Mon 8 January 2024 - Thu 28 March 2024
Mon 8 April 2024 - Fri 24 May 2024
Tue 28 May 2024 - Fri 30 August 2024


Progression

P
 =  Placement option available
A
 =  Study abroad option available

Degree subject

Final level %

English level %

Additional requirements

Biochemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biochemistry-MSci

AAB with AA in Chemistry and another science subject (preferably Biology), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology with Science and Society with Industrial/ Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biology with Science and Society-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

B with no component below B


Biology with a Modern Language-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biology-MSci

AAB with AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry) and grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Biomedical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience-BSc (Hons)

AAB with grades AA in two sciences (preferably Biology and Chemistry), grade B in a 3rd subject

Overall: B, Listening: B, Reading: B, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Chemistry with Industrial Experience-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with International Study-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry-BSc (Hons)

AAA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Chemistry-MChem (Hons)

A*AA

B

Chemistry and another science or Mathematics


Earth and Planetary Sciences with Industrial Experience-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including at least 1 science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences with International Study-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including at least 1 science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences with a Research Placement-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences-BSc (Hons)

ABB including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Earth and Planetary Sciences-MEarthSci (Hons)

AAA including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Educational Psychology-BSc (Hons)

AAB

B


Environmental Management with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B


Environmental Science with Industrial Experience-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science with International Study-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science with a Research Placement-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science-BSc (Hons)

ABB including one science subject

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Environmental Science-MEnvSci (Hons)

AAA

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Fashion Buying and Merchandising-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Fashion Marketing-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Fashion Technology-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Geography with Professional Placement-BA (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B; Writing: B, Speaking: B, Listening: C, Reading: C


Geography-BA (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B; Writing: B, Speaking: B, Listening: C, Reading: C


Geography-BSc (Hons)

AAB

Overall: B, Listening: C, Reading: C, Speaking: B, Writing: B


Master of Planning with Real Estate-MPRE

ABB

B


Materials Science and Engineering with Biomaterials-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Corrosion-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Metallurgy-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering-BSc (Hons)

AAB

C (with no component below D)


Materials Science and Engineering-MEng (Hons)

AAA

C (with no component below D)


Optometry-BSc (Hons)

AAB

B

INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.


Physics with Astrophysics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Astrophysics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Study in Europe-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Theoretical Physics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics with Theoretical Physics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics-BSc (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Physics-MPhys (Hons)

A*A*A (A* in both Physics and Maths)

C


Planning and Real Estate with Professional Placement-BSc (Hons)

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B


Planning and Real Estate-BSc (Hons)

ABB

B


Planning with Professional Placement-MPlan

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B


Planning-MPlan

ABB

Overall B, Listening C, Reading C, Speaking B, Writing B

Grades of ABB