School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science with Foundation Year

Do you have a passion to study environmental science, but lack the normal entry requirements for one of our honours degrees? This new four year degree route incorporates a foundation year, which has developed from our extended science course giving you the study skills and scientific underpinning to continue the remainder of the course with confidence.

You will apply the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field - through training and extensive fieldwork in the UK and overseas Malaysia, China and Malta as there is no substitute for learning by ‘seeing and doing’. You’ll equip yourself for successful employment in a competitive job market – our focus on practical, professional skills means you graduate primed to enter the workplace.

Key features

  • Progress onto the BSc (Hons) Environmental Science that produces professional graduates who can build solutions to real world environmental issues, using cutting edge practical skills and underpinned by an excellent knowledge base. 
  • Develop an understanding of human environmental impact in terms of climate change, biodiversity, conservation and sustainability, in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. 
  • Apply the latest techniques in the laboratory and the field - through training and extensive fieldwork in the UK and overseas Malaysia, China and Malta as there is no substitute for learning by ‘seeing and doing’.
  • Graduate ready to shape the future of fields from ecosystem management to environmental monitoring.
  • Stand out in subject specialisms by choosing from Marine Conservation, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Conservation and Environmental Management pathways. 
  • Accredited by the Institute of Environmental Management (IEMA) 
  • Enhancement of post graduation work success by a six week or 6-12 month work placement across the range of exciting taught disciplines in the UK and overseas and also a tailored environmental science careers fair. 
  • Benefit from a full staff tutorial support programme and Peer Assisted Learning (PALS), the latter lead by students a year ahead of you so you can have a student’s perspective. 
  • Equip yourself for successful employment in a competitive job market – our focus on practical, professional skills means you graduate primed to enter the workplace.
  • Hone your practical problem-solving skills and knowledge by hands on experience of our high spec analytical equipment in our newly-refurbished laboratories or on board one of our range of marine research vessels such as Falcon Spirit based at our new Marine Station with a unique opportunity to become a professional diver (HSE SCUBA), and undertake academic diving to support your research projects.
  • Experience real world working to boost your employability by taking a work-based placement and collecting data for your final year research project by undertaking field research in locations such as Madagascar, Costa Rica, Ecuador or Borneo.
  • The foundation year is an integral part of the extended degree. Completion of the foundation year will not lead to a separate award or qualification its own right but will provide access to Year 1 of your degree.

Course details

  • Foundation Year
  • We'll provide you with an introduction to environmental science and an overview of the key issues and solutions.  You'll develop your skills for independent, reflective and self-managed approaches to study, learning, scientific writing, time management and mathematical skills for the study of science.  Optional modules include biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics and statistics for science.

    Core modules
    • ENVS001 Environmental Science

      To provide an Introduction to environmental science and an overview of the key issues and solutions

    • GEES001 Study and Mathematical Skills for Science

      This module is designed to enable learners to adapt to the Higher Education Learning Environment by the development of a more independent, reflective and self-managed approach to study, learning, scientific writing, time management and mathematical skills for the study of science.

    Optional modules
    • BIO012 Biology 1

      This module introduces students to the study of biology and its fundamental importance as a cornerstone of modern science. No prior knowledge is required or assumed. The emphasis is on understanding some of the core principles of biology, and applying these across the breadth of the subject. To ensure that key practical skills are developed, the module will incorporate many hands-on learning experiences.

    • BIO013 Biology 2

      This module builds on the core ideas introduced in BIO012, introducing a range of additional biological concepts. There will be a strong emphasis on applying scientific principles to a wide range of topics in biology, including many hands-on learning experiences to ensure that key practical skills are developed.

    • CHM009 Chemistry 1

      This module introduces students into the world of chemistry and its fundamental importance as a cornerstone of science. No prior knowledge of science is required and the emphasis is on applying the principals of chemistry across a wide subject area, with many hands-on learning experiences.

    • CHM010 Chemistry 2

      This module is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills inculcated in CHM009 and to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of organic Chemistry at a level sufficient for entry to the degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Science and Environment, including the Chemistry Degree programmes.

    • MATH019 Mathematics and Statistics for Science

      This module provides the basic mathematical background to enable learners to progress to honours degree programmes in science.

    • PHY009 Physics 1

      This module introduces students into the world of physics and its fundamental importance as the cornerstone of science. Little prior knowledge of science is required and the emphasis is on applying the principals of physics in all areas of science with many hands-on learning experiences.

    • PHY010 Physics 2

      This module is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills inculcated in PHY009 and to provide an introduction to the fundamentals of thermodynamics, environmental physics, nuclear physics, AC Theory and magnetics, at a level sufficient for entry to the degree programmes offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

BSc Environmental Science With Foundation Year Programme Specification 5475

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

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A level: from a minimum of 2 A-levels, including at least one pass in a science subject. Excluding general studies.

BTEC: 18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma MMP in a science related subject.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Access: pass an Access to HE Diploma (e.g science/combined studies/natural sciences/nursing). 

IB: 24 overall to include 3 at Higher Level science subject. English and mathematics must be included.

GCSE: English and mathematics grade C or above.

Applications from students with non-standard qualifications, including those without science qualifications at Level 3, are welcomed and are assessed on an individual basis. This course is also suitable for those returning to study who can offer work or other related experience in place of formal qualifications and who have the equivalent of basic mathematical, English and science skills (i.e. the equivalent of a grade C at GCSE level).

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU £9,250 To be confirmed
International £12,500 To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (International) Check with School To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per a number of credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



After your degree

Environmental science graduates are currently employed in a wide variety of roles around the world, from ecosystem management to environmental monitoring

You will develop essential practical and transferable skills and understanding required by the environmental sector and beyond.

After your degree

Welcome to environmental science at Plymouth University

Our research facilities are second to none.

Dr Paul Lunt discusses the possibilities environmental science can offer you.

Additional fieldwork and equipment costs

This course includes residential fieldwork. Typically, where the fieldwork is a compulsory part of the course, transport, accommodation and the majority of food costs are paid by the Faculty.

Some courses offer alternative or optional field courses with an additional cost.

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