Programme Specification for the 2018/9 academic year

FdCert International Extended Foundation Programme in Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences (September Start)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameFdCert International Extended Foundation Programme in Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences (September Start) Programme codeLIF1INTINT05
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2018/9
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award3 (INTO)

2. Description of the Programme

PLEASE NOTE: January start date is also available for this programme

This pre-undergraduate programme is intended to enable you to further your study of subjects in the Humanities, Law and Social Science disciplines, as well as to improve your English and study skills, in order to meet the requirements for entry to undergraduate degrees at the University of Exeter.

There are two main parts to this programme:

Part 1 – INT0412 Academic English study (11 weeks, 275 hours)

Part 2 – Foundation Certificate in Biomedical Life and Environmental Science study (two semesters) comprising:

 

  • One term of full time Academic English
  • Four academic content modules
  • A module in Academic English for Engineering and Science
  • A Project module in Engineering and Science

 

The aim of Part 1 is to raise your level of ability in English and study skills to a point where you can undertake the Foundation Certificate level work in Part 2.

 

In Part 2, you will explore academic content modules through studying and applying core concepts and principles, whilst developing the requisite discipline-specific and communication skills.

 

You will be offered a favourable learning environment, designed to meet your specific needs, in which to develop English language competence, study skills and an understanding of academic subject content. Learning is appropriately paced and supported with a generous allocation of teaching time (typically 22-24 hours per week).

 

The programme will give you experience of being a university student and allow you to take part in campus life, while at the same delivering benefits in the form of tuition and support.

 

Entry to the first year of degree at Exeter is through UCAS application and dependent on your achieving the required academic standards and meeting the general entry requirements for the University of Exeter.  

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To enable you to increase your knowledge and skills in this discipline to a level equivalent to A-level study;
2. To help you to improve your English to the levels required for entry onto undergraduate programmes in the UK (in most cases equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or 6.5), making sure that you can use written and spoken language appropriately within an academic context;
3. To help you to develop the necessary study skills and approaches to learning required in undergraduate level study;
4. To introduce you to the culture of academic study in a UK higher education institution;
5. To provide you with the technical, communication and personal skills that you will need both in your further studies and throughout your professional career.

This programme is designed specifically to enable you to enter a degree programme at the University of Exeter. The aims of the Foundation programme are:

 

4. Programme Structure

The Extended International Foundation programme is a one year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF level 3) and is a single stage programme.

Part 1 of the programme is a full-time 10 week course in English. Part 1 does not carry credits.

Part 2 of the programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned a number of credits. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work. Part 2 of the programme consists of 120 credits with 90 credits at level 3, and 30 credits at level 2. There are 4 subject content modules of 20 credits at level 3, a 10-credit Project module at level 3, and a 30-credit module in Academic English.

Academic content modules are based on semesters (12 weeks), with an assessment period at the end of each semester. Academic English for Engineering and Science is taken over two semesters with staged assessment at the midpoint as well as at the end of the period.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-exeter/studying/our-courses/course-list/international-foundation-in-biomedical-life-and-environmental-sciences.aspx?tabLI6934

Optional modules may not be available in every academic year. Options are offered every year at the discretion of the Centre and student choice may be constrained by the requirements for progression into their chosen undergraduate degree programme and timetable constraints.

Stage 1


The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site:

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3887  (Cohort 1)

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4315  (Cohort 2)

Optional modules may not be available in every academic year. Options are offered every year at the discretion of the Centre and student choice may be constrained by the requirements for progression into their chosen undergraduate degree programme and timetable constraints.

Compulsory Modules

Students intending to take undergraduate degrees in the subject areas given below take the following modules: 

 

 
CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0412 Academic English (Level 3) Academic English0No

Optional Modules

Students choose 2 of these modules for semester

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0013 Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology20No
INT0015 Foundation Chemistry Introduction to Chemical Science20No
INT0016 Introduction to Biological Science Introduction to Biological Sciences20No
INT0020 Maths 1 for Foundation Mathematics 120No
INT0031 Foundation Biology 2 (Human Biology) Foundation Biology 2 (Human Biology)20No

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

 Students intending to take undergraduate degrees in the subject areas given below take the following modules:

 

 

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
INT0038 Academic English for Engineering and Science Academic English for Engineering andf Science30No
INT0041 Engineering and Science Project Engineering and Science Project10No
INT0007 Foundation Mathematics Foundation Mathematics20No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe key theories, concepts and information within your specific subject area, as determined by the pathway you are following;
2. Apply the knowledge, theories and concepts you have learnt from your studies to respond to new contexts;
3. Read widely about your subject, going beyond the basic texts;
4. Operate in English effectively, including in the context of your discipline, and with the skills necessary for an academic context

ILOs 1 and 2 are developed through lectures, and classes which consist of a variety of tasks, activities, student presentations and seminar discussions. ILO 3 requires guided independent study and use of ELE resources. ILO 4: English language classes employ a variety of learning activities and teaching methods. These include teacher-led groups, student presentations, seminars, set tasks.

ILOs 1 to 3 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, presentations and coursework assignments. ILO 4: English language assessment comprises a group presentation, listening and note taking tasks, seminars and written tasks, (including note-taking, summary, paraphrasing, referencing).

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

5. Present an argument which is coherent and supported with evidence from wider reading;
6. Analyse and evaluate information;
7. Apply relevant theories, procedures or skills to solving practical problems or analysing situations;
8. Demonstrate appropriate academic literacy practices, using citation and providing bibliographies correctly.

ILOS 5-7 are developed through teacher-led classes which consist of a variety of tasks, activities, student presentations and seminar discussions. In addition, guided independent study, practice and use of ELE resources play an important role. ILO 8: is assessed with an Engineering and Science Project as well as where appropriate in essays in other modules. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ILOs 5 to 7 are assessed by a combination of written examinations, presentations and coursework assignments. ILO8 is assessed with project, as well as, where appropriate, in essays in other modules

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. With support, take responsibility for your own learning and work independently;
10. Work co-operatively in groups;
11. Present your work to others, communicating logically and effectively in the written or spoken form;
12. Assess your performance against given criteria
13. Undertake straightforward research tasks (collecting and interpreting information) within a given framework and with guidance.

ILO 9 is developed in the process of acquiring subject knowledge and core academic skills, since independent study and practice forms an important part of teaching and learning methods. ILOs 10 and 11 are developed through class and group discussions in classes and working in groups in all modules. ILO 12 is developed through the processes of formative assessment and feedback. ILO 13 is developed as students progress through the content modules, and overtly in the Project module.

ILOs 10 and 11 are assessed primarily through coursework assignments, exams and presentations. ILOs 9 and 12 are indirectly assessed – in the sense that, where modules require development of these skills, it would be very difficult to achieve a good mark in the assessments without having developed such skills. ILO 13 is explicitly assessed in the Engineering and Science Project module assignment and in some elements of assessments of Academic English for Engineering and Science.  

7. Programme Regulations

Credit

The programme consists of 120 credits. The pass mark for all modules is 40%. To achieve the Foundation Certificate you are required to achieve 90-120 credits in this single stage programme. Up to 30 credits can be condoned, provided you have achieved an average mark of at least 40% across the 120 credits of assessment, including the marks for any failed and condoned modules. Condonement is the process that allows you to pass a stage should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in any stage. However you should note that you will not be able to progress to the University of Exeter degree programmes with any condoned modules (see below)

Progression

For entry to a degree at Exeter you must achieve a minimum of

 

  • 65% in English Language Skills for Academic Study, depending on the intended degree – Medical Imaging requites 70%
  • An overall average mark for academic content subjects and the Project module of at least 65% or 70% depending on the intended degree.

See http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/foundation/foundation/#progression

Assessment and Awards

In case of non-progression to a degree at the University of Exeter, assessment of this single stage programme contributes to the summative classification of the award.

Classification

The marking of modules and the classification of the Foundation Certificate broadly corresponds to the following percentage marks:

  • Distinction: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 69.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 68% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 70%.
  • Merit: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 59.50%, or a final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 58% (including English) and modules to the value of at least 50% with a module mark greater than or equal to 60%.
  • Pass: A final credit-weighted mark greater than or equal to 40%.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All INTO Foundation students will be allocated a personal tutor and will normally retain the same tutor throughout their time at INTO. You will have a formal meeting with your personal tutor on a regular basis (at least once per semester). Personal tutors liaise with the Programme Manager, who takes responsibility for the programme as a whole and provides a second line of support to students.

Each student will be issued with a Programme Handbook which contains information on:

  • Programme staff
  • Programme dates
  • Programme structure and modules
  • Attendance
  • Assessment, including submission and marking
  • Sickness, absence and mitigation procedures
  • Other general, important information

The Programme Handbook can be found here:http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/into/current_students/

Other resources for the programme are published on ELE 

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3887 (Cohort 1)

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4315 (Cohort 2)

  • Timetables
  • Course programmes / schedules
  • Coursework tasks, schedules and marking criteria
  • Past exam papers
  • Extra academic resources to support your studies
  • Links to useful web sites

Personal tutoring

Academic and Personal tutoring:

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors for their students. A University-wide statement on such provision is included in the University’s TQA Manual.

https://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%206/6B(2010)Personal%20Tutor%20System%20CoP%20FINAL.pdf

and is supported by resources for personal tutors at:

http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/staffdevelopment/aspectsofacademicpractice/personaltutoring

 

All Foundation students will have a named Academic Tutor. The role of your Academic Tutor is to provide academic advice and support across your Programme of study and to refer you to others who will be able to offer more specific advice including: academic issues, progress, personal development and welfare.

Your Academic Tutor will have a key role in supporting you to achieve your potential and will act as your first point of contact when you are experiencing difficulties with your studies.

Learning Resources

In addition to the centrally provided services detailed below, INTO University of Exeter also provides

  • Its own computer suites, and printing facilities
  • Students with specific physical and learning needs will have a support package put in place. We also liaise with AccessAbility, who can provide further information and resources. However, for International Students there may be cost implications for some support elements.
  • One-to-one and Academic tutorials to support subject assignments.
  • Dedicated support for applications for further study.
  • Dedicated online resources on ELE for each programme and module
  • A social programme specifically for INTO University of Exeter students

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of INTO University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

INTO programmes are accredited by the British Accreditation Council.

INTO University of Exeter ensures that students studying on the International Foundation programme meet the standards required by the receiving Colleges for entry into the first year of a degree programme through representation at Examination Boards and through joint College/INTO Boards of Studies. An INTO/University Academic Board oversees implementation of the University’s quality assurance mechanisms.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

INTO

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

University of Exeter Colleges (as relevant to specific pathways)

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

FdCert International Extended Foundation Programme in Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences (September Start)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

3 (INTO)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

24/07/2002

Date of last revision

21/09/2018