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A preparatory year prepares students who have finished their secondary education and are unsure if college is the right path for them. It is also a good path for those who want to continue their education but are ill-prepared for the academic challenges that college presents. What is a Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences? A science degree is challenging and requires strong academic and laboratory… Read more

A preparatory year prepares students who have finished their secondary education and are unsure if college is the right path for them. It is also a good path for those who want to continue their education but are ill-prepared for the academic challenges that college presents.

What is a Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences? A science degree is challenging and requires strong academic and laboratory skills. A preparatory year trains students for this rigorous subject while introducing different natural science topics. Students develop a strong foundation so that they can be successful in pursuing a science-focused education. Each program will vary but subjects studied may include biology, physics, chemistry, and earth science. 

Along with studying different science areas, students also often learn critical thinking and analytical skills that will benefit their future education and career. Even if an individual decides not to pursue a science degree after the preparatory year, they still come away with a number of other skills that will help them in other areas.

The tuition and fees can vary greatly from one program to another. Preparatory years are offered all over the world so the location of the school is a big factor. Students are encouraged to research a number of programs and contact the schools directly to find out what financial obligations to expect.

Completing a preparatory year will not lead to a career in science, but it does provide a foundation for future education. Most careers will require a bachelor’s, masters, or doctorate degree in a particular area of study. Careers in natural science cover a wide range, from employment in math, ecology, or the medical field to medical research or marine science.

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NCUK
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If you have recently completed your local secondary education, the NCUK International Foundation Year, also known as IFY, will give you the necessary skills to bridge the gap ... +

If you have recently completed your local secondary education, the NCUK International Foundation Year, also known as IFY, will give you the necessary skills to bridge the gap between your current qualifications and starting a bachelor’s degree abroad in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or the USA. As well as academic knowledge, the NCUK International Foundation Year will give you specialist English language, study and cultural skills that are an essential part of your degree course. You will fast-track your way to university and obtain a guaranteed place at NCUK University after successfully completing this qualification. -
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6 - 9 months
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Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Aimed at international and non-EU students, this foundation course prepares you to progress onto your chosen STEM undergraduate degree. Concentrate on improving your English l ... +

Aimed at international and non-EU students, this foundation course prepares you to progress onto your chosen STEM undergraduate degree. Concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to technical computing and fundamental engineering principles, as well as strengthening mathematics. You will work in recently-refurbished facilities with opportunities for galleries, collaborative spaces and social learning. If necessary for you, from September to December, there is a single module running from Monday to Friday, for 21 hours per week. The module focuses on improving your English skills to the minimum required for January entry. Language classes are limited to a maximum of sixteen students. -
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Harbour.Space University
Barcelona, Spain +1 More

If your Math level is not sufficient, you can first join our intensive, one year preparatory Math as a Second Language (MSL) course before starting the math-intensive degree s ... +

If your Math level is not sufficient, you can first join our intensive, one year preparatory Math as a Second Language (MSL) course before starting the math-intensive degree studies. After successful completion of MSL students are granted an automatic right to enter all math intensive degrees at Harbour.Space. -
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Middlesex University Dubai
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Middlesex University Dubai International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 180 credit programme that aims to provide students with the required skills for entry into one of ... +

The Middlesex University Dubai International Foundation Programme (IFP) is a 180 credit programme that aims to provide students with the required skills for entry into one of our undergraduate programmes. -
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Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Venice, Italy

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year.

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice's School for International Education offers a university preparatory year program for international students called the Foundation Year. -
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STARS International University
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This Level 3 qualification award is a full-time one-year bridging program taking international students from 12 years of high school education and preparing them for their und ... +

This Level 3 qualification award is a full-time one-year bridging program taking international students from 12 years of high school education and preparing them for their undergraduate entry. All unit content is drawn from the (UK) national program of study for their A-level counterparts and assessed at a Level 3 standard. The assessment is highly controlled whereby NCC Education produces all the assessment and marking schemes, with examinations marked by NCC Education in the UK (and that would include all the science units) whilst assignments are marked by the centre and moderated by NCC Education staff again here in the UK. L3IFDHES is designed for international students who have studied usually in a 12-grade system and who need to complete extra study to meet the UK’s Higher Education entry requirements. The L3IFDHES prepares students linguistically and socio-culturally in areas such as the English language, Computing, Business, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics to enter the first year of a United Kingdom degree course. -
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