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Foundation Programmes – University of Reading

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Foundation Programmes

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (SAPD) is delighted to offer a number of foundation programmes for students starting University in September 2020.

The Science Foundation Year at Reading aims to provide a thorough foundation in science and general key skills to prepare you to join one of our established programmes from three Schools. This is an excellent opportunity for students who may not have the required entry requirements to join the University as an undergraduate, and offers a direct pathway onto a variety of courses within a fully-integrated programme.

Programmes on offer


Length of programmes: Four years full-time

Typical A-level entry requirements: All applications are dealt with on an individual basis by the Admissions Tutor. For personalised advice on your eligibility for our foundation courses, please click here.

You will be taught by a combination of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, and will be able to access the full range of facilities and support throughout the programme. 

The skills you'll learn in the Science Foundation Year will prepare you for your chosen undergraduate course. For example you may learn about the following:

  • Basic principles and concepts in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and mathematics
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work in an academic environment both as an individual and within a team

You are guaranteed a place on your chosen programme upon successful completion of the Science Foundation Year to a satisfactory level, and receive the same options as those who join the University directly as an undergraduate. This includes courses with a Year in Industry and integrated master's programmes.


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