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King's International Foundation - Biology & Chemistry

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Overview

The first application deadline is 31 March 2020. Applications will remain open while places are available, with courses closing as soon as they are full.

The King’s International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry and the Extended King's International Foundation - Biology & Chemistry are specialist academic preparation courses designed for ambitious international and EU students who want to study a related undergraduate degree at King’s College London.

These are full-time courses aimed to develop your essential knowledge in your chosen degree subject area, introduce you to the UK education system and improve your academic English so that you’re fully prepared for your degree.

This course is ideal if you have excellent high school grades and:

- Need an extra year of study to apply to King’s or other UK universities.

- Have a qualification that allows you to apply for an undergraduate degree at King’s but would like the extra preparation before you start.

If this isn’t the course for you, visit our King’s International Foundation page to discover our full range of international Foundation courses.

Speak to one of our expert Admissions Officers for more information today.
Call +44 (0)20 7848 7000 or submit an enquiry form.

Key benefits

  • Receive a guaranteed offer or interview for most science-based undergraduate degrees at King's.*
  • Academic preparation for your undergraduate degree at one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19)
  • Be a King's student from day one and enjoy the King's experience with access to our world-class facilities and support.
  • Benefit from our team of experienced and highly-qualified tutors who will give you the very best start in your academic studies.
  • Become part of a vibrant, multicultural community studying at a prestigious university in the heart of London.

*Some subjects also require you to achieve the specified grade in the external UKCAT exam.

Key information

UCAS code Apply direct to King's

Duration One academic year - King's International Foundation (September-June) and the Extended King's International Foundation (August-June)

Study mode Full-time

Course type Diploma

Course accreditations King's Foundations is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English.

Further details

Awarding institution King’s College London

Faculty King's International Foundation

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Course detail

Description

The King’s International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry and the Extended King's International Foundation - Biology and Chemistry course is jointly delivered by King's Foundations, the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences and the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.

It provides a structured journey for you to enter into a science-based undergraduate degree at King’s. 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 course, 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 university application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You will also have the opportunity to take a range of optional International English Language Testing System (IELTS) classes and tutorials.

Teaching

A typical academic week includes an average of 16 contact hours, but some weeks will see a different number of contact hours. You are expected to commit to an average of 16 hours a week of independent study, including independent research tasks.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, classes and laboratory-based practicals. You will be assigned a personal tutor who you will meet with on a regular basis to receive individual advice on your progress.

Assessment

The nature of assessment varies by module. Most modules are assessed through coursework and final examinations. In addition, some modules are assessed through presentations and practical laboratory examinations.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Progression

The King’s International Foundation – Biology & Chemistry course offers progression onto King’s undergraduate degrees such as:

Progression
 Anatomy, Developmental & Human Biology   Biochemistry                                                     
 Chemistry  Neuroscience
 Pharmacology  Pharmacy
 Nursing  Nutrition
 Medical Physiology  Physiotherapy
 Psychology   Medicine MBBS and other related subjects*


*Some subjects also require to achieve the specified grade in the external UCAT exam. 

Visit the King’s Foundation Finder to see the grades you need to achieve to progress onto a King’s degree, and progression options from the other King’s International Foundation courses we offer.

Structure

Year 1

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.

Required Modules
  • Biology Foundation
  • Chemistry Foundation
  • English for Scientific Academic Purposes or Academic Expression & Critical Thinking
  • Science & Society
Optional Modules

 N/A

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.

Entry requirements

 

BBB

Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.

32 points overall with 3 HL subject at 555

Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.

Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.
Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information. You may also need to fulfill our English language requirements.

Required subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Preferred subjects

  • Mathematics

This course requires a good level of mathematics knowledge.

Please complete our Self-evaluation Maths Test (pdf 365kb). A score lower than 70% indicates that you may benefit from improving your maths skills prior to starting at King's. You can also take advantage of the additional support King's offers once you arrive.

Further information and other requirements

Academic entry requirements

Qualification 

 Requirement

Minimum grades

International High School Qualifications

Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for the requirements and minimum grades needed.

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry.

Your marks for year 11 and 12 will be considered.

AS levels*

Successful completion of 3 AS levels only

Please note:  for students who have not gone on to study the full A Levels

BBB

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry.

A levels*

Successful completion of 3 A levels

BBB

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry.

No progression to Medicine MBBS available

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma*

Successful completion of an IB Diploma

32 points overall with 3 HL subjects at 555

Required HL subjects: Biology and Chemistry.

No progression to Medicine MBBS available

American High School Diploma*

Successful completion of an American High School Diploma

A cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

Required subjects: Biology and Chemistry.

 

*Please note: These options are not typically available to all applicants. Please refer to the Global Qualifications list for specific information.

SAT and AP exams

If you haven’t studied the required subjects in your final year of high school, we may be able to accept AP or SAT-S results as proof of your ability. We require you to achieve the following results to be considered:

 Exam type

 Required grade

 Advanced Placement (AP)

4 out of 5 (equivalent to a 'B') 

SAT-S

600 (equivalent to a 'B')

If you want to take an AP or SAT-S exam, we recommend that you register for the tests as soon as possible. More information on AP and SAT-S exams can be found on CollegeBoard.org.

English language entry 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. Please see below details of acceptable tests:

For international students

If you need to apply for a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, we can only accept IELTS results that have been provided by test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration (IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test). You can find a list of approved test centres on the IELTS website or on the UKVI website

Tier 4
 King's International Foundation Extended King's International Foundation* 
IELTS for UKVI (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

*Students who exceed this requirement should apply for the King's International Foundation. Students who exceed this requirement and still want to be considered for the Extended King's International Foundation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor.

For students who do not require a Tier 4 study visa

We accept a number of other English language tests if you do not require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK:

Non tier 4
 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

*Students who exceed this requirement should apply for the King's International Foundation. Students who exceed this requirement and still want to be considered for the Extended King's International Foundation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Tutor.

Selection procedure

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is 31 March 2020. We will accept applications after this date if places are available. Courses will be closed as soon as they are full. For courses with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from candidates requiring visa sponsorship after 30 June 2020.

How to apply

To apply you need to:

  1. Register an account on our online application portal, King's Apply, and then
  2. Complete our online application form, ensuring that all relevant supporting documentation is included. 

Review our 'how to apply' page for information that will help you when applying.

Contact our Admissions team if you have any questions about the course or if you are unable to access the online application form.

Fees and funding

Full-time tuition fees - international and EU:

£19,800 p.a. (2020-21) for King's International Foundation

£22,950 p.a. (2020-21) for Extended King's International Foundation

This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

All applicants to the King’s International Foundation course are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their tuition fee. 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: 

  • 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 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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