Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences

Top Preparatory Year Programs in Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

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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A Level Courses

MPW
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge London Birmingham + 2 more

We offer a wide selection of A level subjects over three different study durations: one year, 18 months and two years. The one-year and two-year course starts in September and the 18-month course starts in January. Students normally study 4 subjects and IELTS English (if required)) in year 1 and continue with three subjects and English (if required) in year 2. [+]

MPW has been welcoming international students for more than 15 years. With around 150 spaces for new international students available each year across the Group, MPW has a vibrant international community that benefits from interacting with the predominantly British student body. This provides an ideal learning environment for our international students to establish the language and cultural skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

At MPW we offer the most comprehensive suite of A level options that you will find in any academic institution in the UK. Subjects are offered over three different course durations with no restrictions on subject combination or course length.... [-]


A-Level Course

Abbey College Cambridge
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. [+]

Our A-Level courses are taught over 18 months or two years. The two year course starts in September and the 18 month course starts in January. Students take four subjects in their first year and three or four subjects in their second year. Students with IELTS (or equivalent) of below 6.5 will also study English for Academic Purposes during their first year of A-Level study.

Subjects:

Art and Design Biology Business Studies Chemistry Economics English Literature History Maths and Further Maths Modern Foreign Languages Psychology

A-Level Entry Requirements

Course Start Date and Length: September (2 years), January (18 months) English Level (minimum): IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) Age: 16 – 19 years on entry Qualifications: 5 GCSE passes at grade C, or their equivalent ... [-]

One year i/GCSE Programme

Cambridge Centre for Sixth-Form Studies
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 United Kingdom Cambridge

CCSS runs a highly successful one year programme for GCSE students. We offer a broad range of subjects providing students with a varied and balanced curriculum. Maths, English and a science subject are compulsory on this course... [+]

CCSS runs a highly successful one year programme for GCSE students. We offer a broad range of subjects providing students with a varied and balanced curriculum. Maths, English and a science subject are compulsory on this course.

Students usually take between five and seven subjects, depending on their background and future plans. This approach gives experience of a range of academic disciplines before choosing which subjects to study on the A-level programme.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE) is an important element of the education for our younger students and this is interwoven in the GCSE programme.

Who chooses a GCSE programme at CCSS? UK students who, after completing Year 9 or Year 10 at local schools feel that they will benefit from our small class sizes and personal attention or from our extensive subject range. Students whose families are planning to move to Cambridge and who seek a first class, success-focussed provision. International students who want to prepare for A-Level courses. Re-sit students who have not performed as well as they hoped and wish to retake GCSE in order to improve their grades and get a firm foundation for further education. Students who want to build upon GCSE success by quickly gaining additional GCSEs in new subjects that will open doors to a bright future. Individual support ... [-]

Foundation Program - Access to Science

Boston College UK
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Boston

This Access to Science programme is designed for adults interested in undertaking a career in the Science or Engineering fields. [+]

This Access to Science programme is designed for adults interested in undertaking a career in the Science or Engineering fields.

This course is available in Boston.

Successful completion of the course could also lead to progression onto the College's University Level courses. You could study the HNC/HND in Applied Science or Computing Systems and Development on your doorstep and at up to half the cost of university fees.

What will I do?

The Diploma is gained by achieving 18 Level 3 credits in 3 main subjects. You can choose these from the following subjects, Biology, Physics, Maths, Chemistry or Computing.

You will also complete 3 Level 3 credits in Study Skills: Research and Referencing and 3 Level 3 credits in IT for Academic Purposes.... [-]