Preparatory Year in Natural Sciences

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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 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 in Science and Maths

New College Durham
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. [+]

Best Course Studies in Natural Sciences 2017. Chemistry This course aims to introduce you to Chemistry, show you how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current ideas. This is done mainly by a mixture of practical and experimental work, some demonstrations, student led learning and discussion as well as teacher centred learning. Full-time students study this subject in combination with other AS/A Levels. It goes well with other sciences, such as Physics and Biology, as well as Maths. It can help with Environmental Science, and can be combined with other subjects including Psychology and Applied Science. Appropriate textbooks are provided. The library has a good selection of books. Students wishing to purchase their own books may like to consider: Chemistry in Context, Hill and Holman, Nelson Chemistry in Focus, Andrew and Rispoli, Hodder and Stoughton A range of Chemistry books and periodicals, including Chemistry Review, is available from the College library. There are also revision guides available at the College Media Store. Materials from the internet and the College’s Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (NCD Online) are also used. Students are expected to wear lab coats and eye protection, which are supplied, when doing practical work. Biology Biology is a topical and evolving subject and this course covers a variety of areas from evolution and ecosystems to enzymes. Maths The aim is to develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and... [-]

International Students Preparation Program PP for Master

Berlin International College
Campus Full time 4 - 12 months January 2018 Germany Berlin

The BIC Preparation Program designed for international students who want to learn German and scientific practice to study a Master degree in Germany. [+]

The BIC Preparation Program designed for international students who want to learn German and scientific practice to study a Master degree in Germany. Your benefits No tuition fees at the University No admission exam for BIC You can join this program at any suitable German language level Small classes for optimal student-teacher ratio High-quality individualized intensive German classes Guaranteed place at a partner university – no extra application necessary Studying an engineering or business degree in Germany – the country of engineers Details The program gives students direct entrance to the chosen BIC Partner University once finished successfully with an internationally recognized language certificate; you will receive a conditional offer letter from the chosen university before starting the preparation program. The preparation program includes German classes and the Math+ course. German classes start at any language level and will bring you to C1 level. Join them at your respective language level. The Math+ course prepares you for German university level of math and scientific work practice. Program dates: Preperation program, Part I: 02.01. - 31.03.2017 Spring Break: 03.04. - 16.04.2017 Preparation program, Part II: 17.04. - 14.07.2017 Finals: 17.07. - 11.08.2017 Start classes University (FHWS): October 2017 Deadlines: 31.11.2016 in general 31.12.2016 for Indian applicants 31.01.2017 for EU citizens FAQ What documents are required to apply to this program? Passport Secondary school certificates and transcripts (in original language and as legally attested translations to German or English) Copies of university certificates and transcripts Copy of Visa or Aufenthaltsgenehmigung (only applicable... [-]

Two Year A-Level

Abbey College Manchester
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. [+]

Best Course Studies in Natural Sciences 2017. There are over 130 students in the sixth form, the majority of whom are taking three or four A-Levels on a two year programme of AS and A2. Entry is dependent on satisfactory GCSE grades usually including a range of A*, A, B and C grades together with a good reference from the previous school. If you have studied AS Levels elsewhere and wish to join us for A2 Levels, we will give our best advice about which courses to take. Sometimes you might need to transfer examination boards. This is usually a straightforward task and we can advise you further on this matter. The college has experience in successfully enabling students’ transition into the upper sixth year. For some international students whose English skills are judged to be not quite at the level required to undertake the Two Year A-Level Programme, a three year A-Level option is currently available. This is undertaken at a slightly slower pace to the traditional Two Year Programme. Subjects Art and Design Biology Business Chemistry Economics English Language Geography History Maths and Further Maths Modern Languages Philosophy Photography Physics Psychology One Year Intensive Retake A-Levels Around 25 students are enrolled on this programme which is suitable for students who have taken their A-Levels before but wish to retake to improve their grades to get onto competitive degree courses. It is possible that some students may wish to take up a new subject in a year as part... [-]

A-Level Course

Abbey College Cambridge
Campus Full time 18 - 24 months September 2017 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 Students without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall must join an Academic English training course for the duration of their first academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons. “Abbey Cambridge is a very friendly community. During my 18 months here I have learned a lot from my friends. We not only help each other with our studies, but we have discussions and so learn of the perspectives of different cultures.” Amin Farjadi, Iran [-]

Physics A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. [+]

Best Course Studies in Natural Sciences 2017. What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? Physics is a stimulating, exciting and challenging subject. It is important, not only as a subject in its own right, but also as an essential element in all other natural Science, Engineering and Technology. There is also a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction to be derived from an understanding of the most recent development in Physics research. We study the AQA Physics A Syllabus: It provides a seamless transition to A level from previous studies and develops your interest and enthusiasm for Physics. This covers a wide range of topics from elementary particle physics to Newton's laws; from electrical circuits to gravitational fields. The course is split into a number of units, the AS units are covered in the first year and the A Level units in the second year. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, and problem solving. You will have access to two fully equipped physics laboratories. What topics will I study? AS Level Assessment Paper 1 (50% of AS) - Short and long answer questions split by topic The following is assessed: Measurements and their Errors Particles and radiation Waves Mechanics and materials Electricity Paper 2 (50% of AS Level) - the following is assessed: Section A: Short and long answer questions on practical skills and data analysis Section B: short and long answers questions from across all areas of AS Content Section... [-]

Chemistry A Level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. [+]

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? This two year course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Core/Additional Science and GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. The course also encourages students to come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world around us. Students develop their practical skills to complement their understanding of chemical concepts. The study of chemistry is useful in understanding other areas of science. You will be taught through lectures, practical work, problem solving and discussions. You will have access to fully equipped laboratories and PCs with interactive media. You will be assessed in May/June of each year with mock exams in the January of each year. In the first year there are 2 exams of 1 hour 30 minutes duration, in the second year there are 3 exams each of 2 hours duration. There is no coursework element but a series of practical investigations will be assessed in order to award a certificate of practical endorsement and to prepare students for practical questions in the main exams. What topics will I study? Chemistry is divided into distinct disciplines that are assessed in all the written papers across the 2 years. Physical Chemistry includes the study of: Atomic structure and periodic... [-]

Biology A level

Exeter College
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 United Kingdom Exeter

AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. [+]

Best Course Studies in Natural Sciences 2017. What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed? AS and A Level Biology encourage you to develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of Biology and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. You will develop an understanding of scientific method and be aware of those scientific advances in technology that are relevant to the Biological Sciences. You will appreciate the value of and the responsible use of Biology in society. In addition, at A Level you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of facts, principles and concepts from different areas of Biology and learn to make and use connection between them. You will be taught through lectures, group work, practical work, assignment and projects. Videos, IT equipment and visits are used as teaching aids and you will have access to fully equipped laboratories and also IT equipment. Various ongoing assessments are made by tests, essay writing and other exercises which do not contribute to the final exam. Examinations: At AS Level there are 2x 1hour 30 minute written exams and at A Level there are 3x 2 hour written exams. What topics will I study? Year 1 (AS Level): Biological molecules Cells Organisms exchange substances with their environment Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Year 2 (A Level): Energy transfers in and between organisms Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environment Genetics, populations, evolution... [-]

One year i/GCSE Programme

Cambridge Centre for Sixth-Form Studies
Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 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 With an average class size of six, you receive strong individual support. Our Head of GCSE has a great rapport with students, you’ll meet every day to keep a close eye on... [-]

Foundation Program - Access to Science

Boston College UK
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Boston

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

Best Course Studies in Natural Sciences 2017. 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. Entry Qualifications Whilst it is an advantage that you have a full Level 2 qualification prior to entry on the course, the only requirement is that you hold at least a GCSE grade C in maths, and at least a GCSE grade D in English (equivalent qualifications considered). Where could it lead? Successful completion of the course may allow you direct entry to university study on courses such as Science relate degrees, for example; Engineering, Agronomy, Radiology, Genetics, Zoology, Automotive Engineering, Bio-medical Science, Computer Programming, Bioinformatics, Web/ Computer Games Design, Architecture or to enhance your employment prospects in a range of organisations. [-]

Engineers – Bachelors (Preparatory Courses for University Study)

The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University in Prague (ILPS CU)
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

Our courses are designed for candidates interested in I.C.T, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering. [+]

Preparatory courses for technical studies take place in our centres in Prague-Hloubětín a Poděbrady. Students will study the Czech language intensively, before bringing in the specialist technical knowledge. Our courses are designed for candidates interested in the following subjects: - I.C.T - Mechanical and Civil Engineering - Physics - Mathematics - Electrical Engineering Prague-Hostivar Centre Besides Czech, strong emphasis is placed on maths, which plays a vital role in studying technical programmes. Podebrady Centre To study technical subjects, you must have a good knowledge of mathematics and the basics of physics. Detailed list of taught subjects is in the following table. Exceptionally talented students can apply just for intensive courses of Czech language. In case of further interest, they can later buy also lessons of other subjects (mathematics, physics, information technology, descriptive geometry). [-]