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King’s International Foundation - Biology & Chemistry

Key information

Course type:
Foundation
Study mode:
Full-time
Duration:
1 year
Application status:
Closed
Extended start date:
15 August 2022
Start date:
26 September 2022
Priority deadline:
30 April 2022

The King’s International Foundation Programmes are specialist academic courses designed for ambitious international students who want to progress to a related undergraduate degree at King’s College London or another UK university. They are full-time programmes to develop your essential knowledge in a chosen degree subject area; introduce you to the UK education system; and improve your academic English so you are fully prepared for your degree.

Which Foundation should I take?

The Extended King’s International Foundation is for students with an IELTS score of 5.5 with no element below 5.0. This option starts in August with an additional 5 weeks of online intensive academic English preparation. Students will then integrate with the rest of the King’s International Foundation student cohort starting in September.

Please note: applications for the Extended International Foundation Programme for the 2022-23 academic year are now closed. 

King’s International Foundation Programme is for students with an IELTS score of 6.0 with no skill below 5.5. This option is for students who do not require any additional academic English language support.

Please note: students who wish to progress onto Medicine at undergraduate level must read this document to understand all the requirements. Offers are not guaranteed.

What does this course cover?

The King's International Foundation provides a structured journey for you to enter into a science-based undergraduate degree at King’s, or at another university in the UK. 90% of our class of 2019/20 met their entry conditions to progress to King’s for undergraduate study in 2020/21.

You will learn essential skills to prepare you for the demands of undergraduate study including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Research
  • Exam techniques
  • Presentation skills

By the end of the programme, you will have improved your overall academic skills, your academic language and have a more detailed understanding of your chosen academic subject.

During the first semester, you will receive dedicated support for making your UK university application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Please note: students who wish to progress onto Medicine at undergraduate level must read this document to understand all the requirements. Offers are not guaranteed. 

Base campus

Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Biochemistry MSci

Four years / Full time

Biochemistry BSc

Three years, or four years with a year abroad or extra-mural year, or four years with transfer to MSci Biochemistry / Full time

Biomedical Science BSc

Three years, or four years if includes either a year abroad or extra-mural year / Full time

Chemistry MSci

4 years / Full time

Chemistry BSc

3 years / Full time

Global Health & Social Medicine BSc

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Global Health & Social Science BA

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Medical Physiology BSc

Three years / Full time

Accepted national school qualifications

International School qualifications - important information

A levels

Successful completion of 3 A levels - BBB - required subjects: Biology and Chemistry. No progression to Medicine MBBS. Cannot consider General Studies/Critical Thinking.

AS levels

Successful completion of 3 AS levels only - BBB - required subjects: Biology & Chemistry. Please note: For students who have not gone on to study the full A levels. We cannot consider: Critical Thinking/English General Paper/General Studies/Global Perspectives & Research.

American High School Diploma

Successfully complete the high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Required subjects: Biology & Chemistry.

Dual Diploma Students - National High School Diploma PLUS partial or full completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, SAT or APs or A levels

Students will be assessed on the basis of their National High School Diploma only. Students will need to demonstrate previous study of required subjects for certain Foundation courses. See below for details by country.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 points overall with 3 HL subjects at 555 and 55 in Biology and Chemistry taken at standard or higher level. No progression to Medicine MBBS available.

King's International Foundation programmes are not typically available to students who are nationals of the following countries or have spent more than four years at high school in one or more of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.

English language requirements

All students need to show evidence that they meet the English language requirements by providing a copy of a certificate from an approved English language test. All English language tests must have been taken within two years of the King’s International Foundation course start date.

Students that need a visa

If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS and Pearson results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and PTE (Academic) UKVI are only valid if taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. You can find a list of approved test centres on the UKVI website.

Students who don't need a visa

Test King's International Foundation Extended King's International Foundation
Cambridge Exams 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill 162 overall with a minimum of 154 in each skill
IELTS Academic 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5 From 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.0, to 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill
TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each skills 72 overall with a minimum of 17 in writing/speaking and 15 in listening/reading
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with pass in each skill Level II with pass in each skill

Teaching

A typical academic week comprises around 15 hours of contact time, although this will vary by week. You are expected to commit to an average of at least an additional 15 hours a week of independent study, including research tasks.

The programme is typically taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and laboratory-based practicals. We use a delivery method that ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start and typically no more than 16 students per class.* Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who you will meet with on a regular basis to give you individual advice on your progress and how they can best support you.

Download a sample timetable here.

*Subject to change.

Assessment

The nature of assessment varies by module. Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final examinations. The type of assessment may include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Practical laboratory examinations

See each module page for more details.

Modules

You will study the following modules on this course:

*You will either study English for Scientific Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking, depending on your level of English when you start the course.

The English for Scientific Academic Purposes, Academic Expression & Critical Thinking and Science & Society modules are delivered by King's Foundations.

The Biology module is taught by the relevant King’s department in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. The Chemistry module is taught by the relevant King’s department in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. This means that you are taught by King’s academics during your Foundation year.

All of the modules support your subject and linguistic skills development as they encourage you to analyse concepts and develop ideas in your chosen subject area.

Please note: King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Full time tuition fees:

King's International Foundation - £21,840 (2022-2023)
Extended King's International Foundation - £25,300 (2022-2023)

Tuition fees are subject to annual increases, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Deposit

Upon accepting an offer for the King’s International Foundation programme you are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. We highly recommend that you accept by 31 May to guarantee your place. King’s reserves the right to close pathways once they reach capacity.

This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an offer (unconditional or conditional) to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Payments are made online through the King's Apply portal.

All students need to pay the deposit, except for sponsored students. If you are being sponsored by an employer or your government for example, you will need to provide a valid Financial Guarantee letter. Please contact our Admissions team if you have any questions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Books if you need your own copy or are required for your module
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Society membership fees

Please see our student Terms and Conditions for further fee details, including our refund policy.

What does this course cover?

The King's International Foundation provides a structured journey for you to enter into a science-based undergraduate degree at King’s, or at another university in the UK. 90% of our class of 2019/20 met their entry conditions to progress to King’s for undergraduate study in 2020/21.

You will learn essential skills to prepare you for the demands of undergraduate study including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Research
  • Exam techniques
  • Presentation skills

By the end of the programme, you will have improved your overall academic skills, your academic language and have a more detailed understanding of your chosen academic subject.

During the first semester, you will receive dedicated support for making your UK university application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Please note: students who wish to progress onto Medicine at undergraduate level must read this document to understand all the requirements. Offers are not guaranteed. 

Base campus

Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Biochemistry MSci

Four years / Full time

Biochemistry BSc

Three years, or four years with a year abroad or extra-mural year, or four years with transfer to MSci Biochemistry / Full time

Biomedical Science BSc

Three years, or four years if includes either a year abroad or extra-mural year / Full time

Chemistry MSci

4 years / Full time

Chemistry BSc

3 years / Full time

Global Health & Social Medicine BSc

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Global Health & Social Science BA

Three years full-time or four years with a year abroad / Full time

Medical Physiology BSc

Three years / Full time

Accepted national school qualifications

International School qualifications - important information

A levels

Successful completion of 3 A levels - BBB - required subjects: Biology and Chemistry. No progression to Medicine MBBS. Cannot consider General Studies/Critical Thinking.

AS levels

Successful completion of 3 AS levels only - BBB - required subjects: Biology & Chemistry. Please note: For students who have not gone on to study the full A levels. We cannot consider: Critical Thinking/English General Paper/General Studies/Global Perspectives & Research.

American High School Diploma

Successfully complete the high school diploma with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Required subjects: Biology & Chemistry.

Dual Diploma Students - National High School Diploma PLUS partial or full completion of International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, SAT or APs or A levels

Students will be assessed on the basis of their National High School Diploma only. Students will need to demonstrate previous study of required subjects for certain Foundation courses. See below for details by country.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

32 points overall with 3 HL subjects at 555 and 55 in Biology and Chemistry taken at standard or higher level. No progression to Medicine MBBS available.

King's International Foundation programmes are not typically available to students who are nationals of the following countries or have spent more than four years at high school in one or more of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, USA.

English language requirements

All students need to show evidence that they meet the English language requirements by providing a copy of a certificate from an approved English language test. All English language tests must have been taken within two years of the King’s International Foundation course start date.

Students that need a visa

If you need to apply for a Student Visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS and Pearson results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration: IELTS for UKVI (Academic) and PTE (Academic) UKVI are only valid if taken within two years before the start date of your chosen programme of study. You can find a list of approved test centres on the UKVI website.

Students who don't need a visa

Test King's International Foundation Extended King's International Foundation
Cambridge Exams 169 overall with a minimum of 160 in each skill 162 overall with a minimum of 154 in each skill
IELTS Academic 6.0 overall with no skill below 5.5 From 5.5 overall with no skill below 5.0, to 6.0 overall, with no skill below 5.5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 59 overall with a minimum of 54 in each communicative skill 54 overall with a minimum of 46 in each communicative skill
TOEFL iBT Institution code: 0394 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each skills 72 overall with a minimum of 17 in writing/speaking and 15 in listening/reading
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with pass in each skill Level II with pass in each skill

Teaching

A typical academic week comprises around 15 hours of contact time, although this will vary by week. You are expected to commit to an average of at least an additional 15 hours a week of independent study, including research tasks.

The programme is typically taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and laboratory-based practicals. We use a delivery method that ensures students have a rich, exciting experience from the start and typically no more than 16 students per class.* Face-to-face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who you will meet with on a regular basis to give you individual advice on your progress and how they can best support you.

Download a sample timetable here.

*Subject to change.

Assessment

The nature of assessment varies by module. Most modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and final examinations. The type of assessment may include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Presentations
  • Practical laboratory examinations

See each module page for more details.

Modules

You will study the following modules on this course:

*You will either study English for Scientific Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking, depending on your level of English when you start the course.

The English for Scientific Academic Purposes, Academic Expression & Critical Thinking and Science & Society modules are delivered by King's Foundations.

The Biology module is taught by the relevant King’s department in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. The Chemistry module is taught by the relevant King’s department in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. This means that you are taught by King’s academics during your Foundation year.

All of the modules support your subject and linguistic skills development as they encourage you to analyse concepts and develop ideas in your chosen subject area.

Please note: King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Full time tuition fees:

King's International Foundation - £21,840 (2022-2023)
Extended King's International Foundation - £25,300 (2022-2023)

Tuition fees are subject to annual increases, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Deposit

Upon accepting an offer for the King’s International Foundation programme you are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. We highly recommend that you accept by 31 May to guarantee your place. King’s reserves the right to close pathways once they reach capacity.

This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an offer (unconditional or conditional) to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Payments are made online through the King's Apply portal.

All students need to pay the deposit, except for sponsored students. If you are being sponsored by an employer or your government for example, you will need to provide a valid Financial Guarantee letter. Please contact our Admissions team if you have any questions.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Books if you need your own copy or are required for your module
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Society membership fees

Please see our student Terms and Conditions for further fee details, including our refund policy.

Key information

Course type:
Foundation
Study mode:
Full-time
Duration:
1 year
Application status:
Closed
Extended start date:
15 August 2022
Start date:
26 September 2022
Priority deadline:
30 April 2022

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