About this course

You will be taught English language, study and academic skills so that you can succeed in your undergraduate degree, as well as your future career once you graduate.

You will study a combination of core and route-specific modules that focus on helping you learn the skills most relevant to the degree you want to study.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed regularly through coursework assignments, presentations, essays, case studies and exams.

Where this course will take you

Once you complete the course, and achieve the required grades, you will be able to start your chosen degree at Leeds Beckett University. You can choose from a range of degree options, in areas such computing, biomedical sciences and civil engineering.

Core modules

Academic English Skills

This module aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills, which will enable you to achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.

Project Study

You will complete a self-study project on a topic you will take in consultation with your tutor. By the end of this module you will be able to produce an extended piece of work in the discipline area of your intended degree course, through an on-going, supervised, self-study approach. The project will utilise a broad range of source material to present a coherent, word-processed piece of work, which combines balanced factual content with a critical commentary.

Introduction to Pure Mathematics

This module will provide you with a basic knowledge of pure mathematics and its application, relevant to your undergraduate degree course. You will be able to understand mathematical notation, terminology, convention and units, understand and interpret in mathematical terms verbal, graphical and tabular information, and manipulate mathematical expressions. You will learn about algebra, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors.

Route specific modules – choose option A or B

Option A modules:

Pure Mathematics 2

This module will cover straight lines and linear equations, set theory and probability, statistics, linear programming, indices and logarithms and experimental law.

Applied Mathematics 1

This module will teach you the basic knowledge of mechanics, and prepare you for development of mathematical applications in engineering, computer science and informatics. You will learn about vectors, forces and equilibrium, relative motion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, friction and work, energy and power.

Applied Mathematics 2

This module will cover advanced vectors, forces as fixed vectors, centers of gravity/centers of mass and particle dynamics.

Option B modules:

Core Mathematics

You will develop and demonstrate core mathematical skills, including algebra and statistics, relevant to your undergraduate degree course. You will study core mathematical principles and tools. You will practise your skills through class work and self-study assignments. You will also practise questions similar to the format of those in your exams.

Chemistry 1

You will learn formulae, equations and moles, atomic structure, introduction to redox systems, thermodynamics and bonding. You will understand the basis of atomic and molecular structure and of chemical bonding, and recognise the differences in properties between ions and molecules. You will also be able to use the mole concept and balance chemical equations, with an understanding of the principles of redox reactions.

Biology 1 and 2

This module will provide you with a basic knowledge in areas of biological or biomedical sciences. You will acquire an understanding of the basic structure in relation to the function of living cells, the flow of information through the cell, and the basic principles of metabolism.

Plus choose one module from the list:

Physics

This module will provide you with a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases, and oscillations and waves. At the end of this module you will be able to apply the appropriate laws of physics to problem solving in these areas.

Computing

This module is designed to help you solve problems and think critically in the context of database design. You will gain an understanding of the range of problems that database applications can help to solve, and learn the main principles of solving problems using relational databases.

Chemistry 2

You will be able to present chemical data and ideas in a clear form. You will understand how chemical reactions work and the main factors which affect them, with particular reference to equilibria including acid-base equilibria.

Degree progression Overall grade English grade Maths grade
BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology 60% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences
(Human Biology)
55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology/Molecular Biology) 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Physiology and Pharmacology) 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering 40% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 60%
Beng (Hons) Civil Engineering 40% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills  70%
BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics 60% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics & Security 60% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Computing 60% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Construction Management 40% 55% with no less than 40% in all four skills
40%
BSc (Hons) Environmental Health 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Nutrition 55% 60% 40%
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Safety, Health & Environmental Management 55% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science 70% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching 70% 50% with no less than 40% in all four skills 40%

Please note that the degrees and grades listed above are subject to change.

Course facts 

Length  
2 semesters  

Start options
January or September   

Semester dates

September cohort
Semester 1:
18/09/17 - 09/02/18
Semester 2:
12/02/18 - 22/06/18

January cohort
Semester 1:
08/01/18 - 27/04/18
Semester 2:
30/04/18 - 03/08/18

Leeds ISC staff member Salam Abdullah

"When I teach I include real-world examples, based upon the professional experiences, challenges or situations that I have dealt with in the past."

Salam Abdullah

Maths and Physics tutor at the International Study Centre

Entry requirements

English language
IELTS 4.5 (minimum 4.5 in writing)

Academic
Good High School graduation grades (view full table)

Age
17+ years of age

Nationality
Course is only available to overseas students (non-UK and non-EU)

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