Australia

Life, Sciences and Psychology

International science student

Core modules

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these two modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions.

Cell Biology
The aim of this module is to provide a basic knowledge for students proceeding with a degree course in any areas of biological or biomedical sciences at the University of Sussex. 

Physiology
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the organisation and integration of physiological processes in animals. Through the animal physiology content particular emphasis is placed on mammalian, especially human, physiology, to prepare for undergraduate study at the University of Sussex.

Pure Maths 1
The aim of this module is to provide you with a basic knowledge of pure mathematics and its application, relevant to undergraduate degrees at the University of Sussex. 

Life Sciences route modules

Academic and Employability Skills for Life Sciences
The aim of this module is to facilitate and develop your study skills to enable you to successfully complete a Foundation course at the University of Sussex International Study Centre and to progress to further undergraduate study. It will enable you to develop and record your ‘soft’ and transferable skills, which will be used to increase your employability.

Chemistry 1
The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to post-GCSE Chemistry and the basic knowledge for undergraduate study at the University of Sussex.  

Chemistry 2
The aim of this module is to develop the basic principles of Chemistry, building on the knowledge, understanding and skills learned in Chemistry 1.

Further Studies in Biology and Chemistry
The aim of this module is to further develop the basic principles of Biology and Chemistry in order to progress to undergraduate study at the University of Sussex.

Psychology route modules

Academic and Employability Skills for Psychology
The aim of this module is to facilitate and develop your study skills to enable you to successfully complete a Foundation course at the University of Sussex International Study Centre and to progress to further undergraduate study. It will enable you to develop and record your ‘soft’ and transferable skills, which will be used to increase your employability.

Psychology 1
The aim of this module is to use examples of psychological theory and research to introduce you to a range of approaches to psychology and to key principles of designing psychological research. You will learn how psychologists communicate their research according to APA recommendations and will gain exposure to contemporary psychology research materials.

Psychology 2
This module is designed to consolidate and develop knowledge of the psychological approaches and research methods introduced in Psychology 1. This module aims to encourage your ability to think critically about the relationship between psychological research and theory.

Psychology route optional modules

Pure Maths 2
The aim of this module is to provide you with a foundation level knowledge of mathematics relevant to undergraduate degrees at the University of Sussex.

Crime and Deviance
This module aims to provide you with an understanding of sociological concepts and methodology in relation to the study of crime and deviance in society.

Leading to degrees in...

International Foundation Year in Life Sciences and Psychology can lead to one of the following degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
Biochemistry BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Biochemistry (with an industrial placement year) BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Biology BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Biomedical Science BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Ecology , Conservation and Environment BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Genetics BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Medical Neuroscience BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Neuroscience BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Neuroscience with Cognitive Science BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Business Management BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Clinical Approaches BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Cognitive Science BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Criminology BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Economics BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Psychology with Neuroscience BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
Zoology BSc (Hons) 60% 50% 50%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.

Semester dates

September 2016 start

Semester 1: 
12/09/2016 - 16/12/2016

Semester 2:
16/01/2017 - 05/05/2017

January 2017 start

Semester 1:
16/01/2017 - 21/04/2017

Semester 2:
08/05/2017 - 11/08/2017


Entry dates:
September or January

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.