Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

Want to join us in September? You can now apply via Clearing

Meet some of our graduates

Meet Ben, Paul and Siama.  They all achieved first class degrees through the Science Extended Degree.  

Read their letters to Course Leader Dr Rob Allan to find out what being a student on the Science Extended Degree is really like.


About the course

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to a degree you can apply to the Science Extended Degree. This is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain a thorough grounding in the four main disciplines in science- biology, chemistry, maths and physics. It will help you to develop the transferable theoretical knowledge, practical skills and scientific understanding essential for successful completion of other science based degrees here at the University of Huddersfield.

Our teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), which recognises teaching excellence. You'll also have the chance to gain hands-on experience, and develop your practical laboratory skills, using scientific instrumentation in our modern science labs.

On successful completion of this year (you must pass all six modules), you'll be able to continue onto the first year of your degree in the following science subject areas:

Biological Sciences Chemistry and Chemical Engineering* Forensic Science or Pharmacy**

*Progression onto Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) is dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module. Progression onto Chemical Engineering MEng is also dependent on achieving a minimum pass mark of 60% in the Foundation Maths module, plus an overall pass mark of at least 70%.

**Progression onto Pharmacy is dependent on meeting stringent performance levels in the Science Extended Degree. You must pass all six modules with an overall pass mark of at least 70%. Plus at least 70% in the Chemistry in Action module and 70% on the maths element of the Foundation Maths module. You must also successfully undertake an interview with the Pharmacy admissions staff.

Our students' success rate is excellent. In 2015 a total of 25 students gained a first class Honours degree in the Chemistry division. Out of those 25, 5 started on the science extended degree route. They represent 20% of those obtaining first class Honours degrees in the Chemistry division.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


Full-time (Year 0 of a 4/5 years degree including placement year).

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

The course has a varied subject matter and is designed to give you the opportunity to improve your knowledge and understanding of science.

Core modules:

Science Skills

This module is designed to enable you to develop the ’survival skills’ for Higher Education. A range of topics from note taking through to exam techniques will be covered. These topics are designed to enhance your skills set and enable you to make the most of your opportunities. The central theme is about personal development and taking responsibility for your own learning. The module is assessed by coursework.

Foundation Maths

This module is designed to introduce you to the use of maths and IT within a scientific context. The use of maths is of fundamental importance to the study of any scientific subject and you should enhance your knowledge and confidence in this discipline. The module also introduces you to the role that IT can play including use of spreadsheets, word-processing packages and basic statistical analysis. The module is assessed by coursework and exam.


This module aims to help you develop a framework of knowledge of living systems and assumes that you have no prior advanced biological education. You’ll study cell biology and the sub-cellular organelles that give cells their special characteristics, and how cells divide and communicate with each other, paying particular attention to the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. This module is assessed by coursework and exam.

Chemistry in Action

This module introduces you to the fundamentals of chemical science including areas such as, elements and the Periodic Table, the structure and properties of chemical compounds, how chemical reactions occur and how substances are analysed. The module is delivered using a mixture of lectures and practicals and is assessed by coursework and exam.

Health and Environment

This module examines the impact environmental factors can have on human health. The material covered ranges from models of health through to contamination of air, soil and water. The module draws on aspects of chemistry and biology but puts them into a practical context, be they natural events or industrial accidents such as Chernobyl or Bhopal. You’ll be assessed via a combination of coursework and exam.

Scientific Ideas and Practice

The module introduces you to the scientific method, including experimental techniques. It then introduces some of the basic concepts of science, mainly physical concepts but also some fundamental concepts of chemistry and biology. The concepts will be placed in their historical context, where appropriate, but will be used in a modern setting. The module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. A series of optional drop-in tutorials are included to help you consolidate your knowledge and understanding of the material. The module will be assessed by coursework and exam.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Teaching and assessment

26% of the study time on this year is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

You will be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory practicals. Assessment will include coursework, projects and laboratory work in addition to examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

Other information

Our students' success rate is excellent. In 2015 a total of 25 students gained a first class Honours degree in the Chemistry division. Out of those 25, 5 started on the science extended degree route. They represent 20% of those obtaining first class Honours degrees in the Chemistry division.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.