Foundation Certificate in Science

The Foundation Certificate in Science will develop your knowledge and skills in a range of core subject areas. The course has been designed to help you to reach GCE ‘A’ level equivalent standard.

The Foundation Certificate in Science contains two elements:

Academic skills modules
These modules teach the key academic skills needed to progress with your studies, including research, writing, presentation and analysis.

Subject modules
During your science foundation course you will cover core subjects of your chosen area of study, including Foundation Mathematics and Fundamentals of Science. Following this, you will progress to more specialised studies that focus on the topics and skills needed most in your chosen undergraduate degree course.

All modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of foundation science-level international students. The Foundation Certificate is taught specifically with your progression to the University of Glasgow in mind.

The Foundation Certificate in Science is integrated with academic and language support to help you reach your academic and language goals and obtain the required level to progress to university.

Find out more about our academic and language support.

The Foundation Certificate is equivalent to year 1 of an undergraduate degree course at the University of Glasgow.

Upon successful completion of your foundation course, you will progress to year 2 of a BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Glasgow.

To see these degrees, click on the ‘progression degrees’ box at the side of the page.

Course outline (2 terms*)
Three core academic skills modules:

  • Skills for Study 1, 2 and 3

Two core English language modules:

  • Language for Study 2 and 3

Two core subject modules:

  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Fundamentals of Science

Three pathway modules in your chosen pathway:

Biological sciences pathway modules:

  • Scientific Principles and Enquiry
  • Biological Science
  • Biochemistry of Life

Chemistry pathway modules:

  • Physical Sciences
  • Biochemistry of Life
  • Scientific Principles and Enquiry

Computing Science pathway modules:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science 1 and 2

Physical sciences and mathematics pathway modules:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Basic Engineering

*3 term courses contain additional English language modules.

Start date

We have various start dates throughout spring, summer and autumn. For information on later term dates, please contact one of our education advisers.
See key course dates

Course length

Courses start at 2 terms, and can go up to 4 terms depending on your academic and English needs.

Academic entry requirements

Entry to the Foundation Certificate requires you to have passed Grade 12 (or equivalent).

English language entry requirements

You will need to show proof of your English language ability by taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam.

UK universities demand a very high level of English from all international students. Our university preparation courses are integrated with academic and language support to help you improve your English language skills and progress to university successfully.

Glasgow student, Guang Jong Jiao

Guang Jong Jiao is from China and studied the Foundation Certificate in Science at Glasgow International College

“I was finishing middle school and looking for a good institution to study physics… before I came to study here. The UK has some of the greatest scientists in the world and I wanted to study where they have. Also I think the UK is a friendly and beautiful country…”

I heard about GIC through an agency in China and they told me about the options that I could take if I really wanted to study Physics in the UK.

From what the information the agency told me I could see that the University of Glasgow is a brilliant place to study physics and GIC is the first step to gain entry in this University. With wanting to study Physics here, I also wanted to improve my language and my knowledge, not only the knowledge of science but also the knowledge of art and how to study for lectures.

I chose to study the Foundation Certificate in Science and I really enjoyed learning the subjects within the course. I did have a few problems at the beginning in terms of language. But my tutors and physics teachers helped me a lot and encouraged me. I learnt a lot of knowledge about my subject. I also got to develop my presentation skills and achieved high marks!

GIC also allowed me to make new friends from different cultures because I joined different societies at the College and took part in the KIC Games which were a lot of fun! My friends and family are really happy and proud of me and the step I took of coming to study in the UK and at GIC. GIC has definitely prepared me really well for the University and I feel much more confident after studying here.

I will certainly recommend GIC as it is a great place to study and develop yourself. They have some of the greatest teachers in the world who are all very friendly and kind. ”