Foundation Year Science and Engineering degrees with a foundation year (Geography route)

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We’re fascinated by our world: how and why our natural and built environments vary, and how they coexist with our social world. Study with us and you can explore it all, developing the skills to probe the world around us, investigate human impact in relation to climate change and understand how global urbanisation affects the human experience.

The Foundation Year provides a route onto a Geography degree if you don't have the qualifications or have not studied advanced level subjects sufficiently related to your course of choice.

After successful completion of the Geography Foundation Year, you can progress on to one of the relevant BSc (Hons) degrees:

Whichever route you take, you’ll have the skills and understanding you need to undertake further study or get started in your career.

Features and Benefits

“The Foundation Year aims to give the fundamental academic skills and knowledge required for successful transition into degree-level study. Our academic and personal support helps to build your confidence and strength in your own abilities and adjust to university life and structure.”

Dr Saeed Abu-Zour, Foundation Year Coordinator, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Career Prospects

After successful completion of the Geography Foundation Year, you can progress on to one of the relevant BSc (Hons) degrees.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required


A levels ­– DDD-CDD

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma – MMP

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other AS levels (or qualifications equivalent to AS level) are not accepted.

Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in English Language or Level 2 Functional Skills English


GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics or Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum of 74 UCAS Tariff points

International Baccalaureate points

24 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

5.5 overall with no individual element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

All Foundation Year students study the academic skills for higher education unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work.

International and EU students whose first language is not English and who have an IELTS score of less than 6.0 will study an English language unit.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study. Details of the course content of each degree can be found by selecting the relevant course in the A to Z list of courses.

You will study the following units:

  • Academic Skills for Higher Education
  • Foundation Data Analysis
  • People and Place
  • Dynamic Earth

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Core Units

Academic Skills for Higher Education

This unit is designed to help you develop the skills required to be successful in your academic career and covers topics such as:

  • Academic Skills: HE terminology, independent study, time management, note taking, reading techniques, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques and oral presentations
  • Research Skills: conducting a research project, research design and methodology, analysing and presenting research data
  • Personal Development Planning: Reflection, skills profiling and action planning
  • Basic Number Work: Basic arithmetic and mental calculations.
Foundation Data Analysis

This unit helps you to develop the critical thinking and data analysis skills you'll need on your linked degree.

It usually covers areas such as:

  • descriptive statistics
  • probability
  • statistical inference
  • critical thinking
  • visual representation of data
  • algebra
People and Place

This unit explores current issues in human geography, human impacts on the environment and management of resources. It focuses on people's engagement with places, the factors and processes with impact on the places and how they change and develop over time. These may include changing demographic and cultural characteristics, economic change and social inequalities. Students will consider the challenges associated with the societal changes and population growth including impacts on the physical environment, waste and resource management, health and well-being.

Dynamic Earth

This unit provides an overview of the Earth's biogeochemical cycles as well as a range of Earth surface systems and associated hazards. It examines the global climate systems including the oceans, earth structure, tectonics and rock types, the rock cycle, the water cycle, soils formation and weathering, rivers, coastal systems, glaciers and glaciation, deserts and desertification, meteorological, hydrological and geological hazards, maps and mapping.

Placement options

Selected degrees offer the option of pursuing a sandwich degree and spending a year on a work placement in a relevant industry.

Department of Natural Sciences

Our Department of Natural Sciences is a research-rich academic community with a well-established reputation in biology, chemistry, geography and environmental science.

The department works with research institutions, industry partners, national organisations and NGOs worldwide to address the challenges posed by environmental, socio-economic, cultural and political change, as well as health and advanced materials.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £16,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing. Total optional cost: £600


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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