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Science & Engineering University Foundation


Test out your hypotheses and discover a life in science and engineering.

The world of science and engineering is constantly changing with new discoveries and emerging technologies.

Our Science & Engineering University Foundation programme combines specialist language learning and academic skills development around key disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology and mechanics, with impartial university advice and guidance from our experienced academic team.

It will give you the tools you need to not only get into university, but to achieve great success in your degree once you get there.

Minimum age
Minimum language level
Intermediate B1
Entry requirements
IELTS 4.5 in all four areas of exam
Maximum class size
Weekly hours
21 hours
Course start date
26 September 2022
Course length
3 terms (36 weeks)
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Course overview

On this course, you will:

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding in the field of science and engineering to NQF Level 3
    (UK National Qualifications Framework)
  • Become a confident English language communicator (to at least B2 or IELTS 5.5)
  • Learn critical academic language and study skills and assessment techniques
  • Gain experience using a range of learning technologies
  • Receive personalised, impartial guidance and support on your choice of course and university
  • Strengthen your skills as an independent learner with experience of various assessment methods

Course components


Understand how science works.

Your modules will develop a solid foundation of understanding and knowledge in your chosen discipline, and you can select up to three modules in the following areas:

  • Physics OR Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

You will also have the opportunity to gain valuable practical skills in our fully equipped on-campus laboratory to support your skill development.


Develop your skills toolkit.

Study skillsYou will develop advanced study skills to help you perform your best when asked to complete tasks, assignments and exams at university. These may also be different to skills you have learned in your own country, so we will support you to learn, practise and master how to gain high marks at university-level.

Preparing for IELTSOur teachers have extensive experience with IELTS exams. You will get intensive preparation for your IELTS so you can successfully achieve your desired score (at least 5.5) and get entry to your degree programme at university.


Prepare to succeed.

Visitor speaker programmeExperience university-style lectures and workshops related to science and engineering topics, delivered by experts in their field.

University applications supportReceive individual support and advice throughout your university application process, from our dedicated and experienced counselling service.

Supported self-studyYou will have supported self-study sessions each week with tutors available to work with you on any aspects of the course that you find challenging.

TutorialsYou will have a 1-to-1 tutorial each week with your academic skills tutor to discuss your progress, receive guidance and ask any questions you may have.

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Subject modules

You will develop a solid foundation of understanding and knowledge in science and engineering.

You will be able to: understand key concepts and theories, expand on your subject-related vocabulary, and improve your abilities to analyse and interpret information and communicate ideas effectively.

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Your modules include:



    Gain a comprehensive overview of fundamental and applied physics through classroom-based teaching of theory, problem-solving seminars and laboratory-based practicals. You will have numerous opportunities to link theory to reality.



    Understand life processes and how organisms interact in our surrounding environment. Explore themes like molecular biology, environmental organisms or genetics and biodiversity.



    Learn the fundamentals of organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills through classroom-based teaching, problem-solving seminars and laboratory-based practicals.



    Build a strong understanding of the language and concepts used in mathematics. Learn to analyse and interpret data to tackle complex mathematical problems and learn to gather information from a variety of sources to support research, analysis and evaluation.

Sample timetable


Student Progression

Track record of success

We are proud of our excellent track record with Bell students progressing to top universities for their subject area in the UK or beyond.

We can also guarantee, on successful completion of the Bell University Foundation programme, that you will be offered a place on an undergraduate degree course at a university in the UK.

Bell students got offers from 12 of the top 20 universities for engineering
All our 2018/19 students passed their Foundation programme
Last year, 86% of all Foundation students received offers from top 30 UK universities
Bell students got offers from 15 of the top 30 universities for biosciences

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