Environmental Sciences


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Start Year
Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
Entry Requirements
Duration (years)

Course Modules will be provided soon. For further information on Foundation Year modules, please see our BSc Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year 2022 entry.

For further years' module information please check out our BSc Environmental Sciences.

Important Notice 

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring and review of modules. Where this activity leads to significant change to a programme and modules, the University will endeavour to consult with affected students. The University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff. Availability of optional modules may be restricted owing to timetabling, lack of demand, or limited places. Where this is the case, you will be asked to make alternative module choices and you will be supported during this process. 

In your the Foundation Year, you’ll study compulsory and optional modules. Spread across the year is the compulsory Environmental Science module. In each semester, you’ll also take a module to develop your numerical skills at a level that fits your ability and confidence. The other half of your foundation year study is from optional modules which you select from a choice of biology, chemistry, and physics, or you may opt for social science modules on global challenges. 

Over the year, you’ll explore various aspects of our natural environment when you will discover where your passions lie. This will help you decide which BSc, BA or MSci degree course to transfer to at the end of your Foundation Year. 

Your personal academic adviser and the Foundation Year course director will be on hand to support and advise you, ensuring that you make the most of the options and opportunities in this important first year. 

For the years of study beyond the Foundation Year, please see the full BSc Environmental Sciences course. 


Depending on your chosen optional modules, you are likely to have about 15 hours per week, experiencing a range of learning environments including lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals, field work and IT practicals. Together, these develop your subject knowledge and key skills whilst also developing your ability to think and communicate as a scientist. 

Most lectures are recorded and accessible throughout the rest of your degree. 

Independent study 

During your Foundation Year, you’ll read around content delivered in taught sessions to broaden your understanding and develop as in independent learner. This will help you gain critical skills in good time management and self-discipline as you balance taught sessions, independent study and any extra-curricular activities – skills that are essential for the rest of your course and beyond into graduate jobs. 

Alongside several modules we usually run optional support sessions, plus there are helpful extra resources for each module on Blackboard, our online learning support platform to help with your learning. 


Teaching activities may be subject to restrictions relating to COVID-19 or other concerns. We remain committed to a full learning experience with in-person sessions where possible but may need to adapt to constraints imposed at the time, in which case we may need to offer alternatives or cancel in some cases. Opportunities mentioned in this document represent our normal offering. 

During your Foundation Year, you’ll be assessed based on your understanding of modules taken. The type of assessment depends on the modules you take, but is likely to include written reports, problem sheets, tests, presentations and exams. Some modules have two or more assessments which may be a combination of two or more of the above. 

For each module, you’ll have the chance to develop your skills with at least one practice or “formative” assignment that is similar to the summative (marked) assignment. Feedback on the formative assignment will help you improve the summative assessment. 


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Entry Requirements

A Levels


T Levels

Obtain an overall Pass including a C in the core of the T Level and a Pass in the Occupational Specialism. Any subject is acceptable.



Scottish highers


Scottish highers advanced


Irish leaving certificate

6 subjects at H4

Access course

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3

European Baccalaureate

60% overall

International Baccalaureate

28 points

GCSE offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Additional entry requirements

UEA are committed to ensuring that Higher Education is accessible to all, regardless of their background or experiences. One of the ways we do this is through our contextual admissions schemes. 

We welcome and value a wide range of alternative qualifications.  If you have a qualification which is not listed here, please contact us via Admissions Enquiries

A-Level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.   

We welcome applications from students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you have been out of study for the last three years and you do not have the entry grades for our three year degree, we will consider your educational and employment history, along with your personal statement and reference to gain a holistic view of your suitability for the course. You will still need to meet our GCSE English Language and Mathematics requirements.  

Important note 

Once enrolled onto your course at UEA, your progression and continuation (which may include your eligibility for study abroad, overseas experience, placement or year in industry opportunities) is contingent on meeting the assessment requirements which are relevant to the course on which you are enrolled. 

International Requirements

We accept many international qualifications for entry to this course. View our International Students pages for specific information about your country. 


Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.  

Gap year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.  


This course is open to UK  applicants. The annual intake is in September each year.  
Course Reference Number: 6968277

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees  

View our information for Tuition Fees. 

Scholarships and Bursaries 

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. View our range of Scholarships for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates. 

Course related costs

In your Foundation Year, much of the guided reading is available from the UEA library as textbooks or digital resources. 

View our information about Additional Course Fees. 

Course Reference Number: 6968277

How to Apply

Apply for this course through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS), using UCAS Hub.  

UCAS Hub is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. 

Your application does not have to be completed all at once. Register or sign in to UCAS to get started.  

Once you submit your completed application, UCAS will process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges. 

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14

View our guide to applying through UCAS for useful tips, key dates and further information: 

How to apply through UCAS 

Course Reference Number: 6968277
Key details
Full Time
Degree of Bachelor of Science
UCAS course code
Entry Requirements
Duration (years)
Our Foundation Year is a great route onto our excellent Environmental Sciences degrees. The course will give you a thorough grounding in all the skills you need for undergraduate study and allows you to begin your exploration of some of the most critical subjects affecting the planet today, from climate change and pollution to environmental treaties, energy consumption, and volcanic eruptions. Once you successfully complete this year, you’ll be ready to progress onto one of our BSc, BA or MSci degrees. Study with us and help save the world! Our BSc Environmental Sciences with a Foundation Year​​​​​​​ is ranked in the top 20 for Earth and Marine Sciences by 'The Guardian University Guide 2023'.
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