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Biological Sciences and Psychology | International Foundation Programme for International Students

Our Biological Sciences and Psychology course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to progress on to a range of related degree courses at university.

You will consider the principles of Biology and Psychology, whilst also developing the relevant statistical analysis skills required in these subject areas. Students on this course would typically be looking to progress to a range of undergraduate degrees such as Biology and Biomedical ScienceLink opens in a new window, NeuroscienceLink opens in a new window, and PsychologyLink opens in a new window.

Key Information

Mode of Study: Full-time, on-campus

Course Start: 23 September 2024 (available with Extended Intensive English, start date - 12 August 2024)

Course End: 27 June 2025

Department: Warwick Foundation Studies

Application Deadline: 31 July 2024

The modules on this programme have been developed to give you a thorough preparation for a range of related undergraduate degrees.

Students on this route will study full modules in Biology Principles and Practice and Psychology in addition to two half-modules: Chemistry for the Biosciences, and Statistics for Science.

Biology Principles and Practice

This module aims to develop your understanding of biological principles and processes, and you'll also learn how to apply your knowledge to current issues and problems in the Life Sciences. You will develop skills and experience in evaluating evidence, data analysis, and acquire awareness of ethical issues and debates in biology. You will receive training in biological research and experimental techniques, and you will allow you to explore how biology can be used as part of an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems. Topics typically covered include cell biology, human biology and health, and genetics.


In the Psychology module, you'll be introduced to the key themes and theories of psychology, as well as the methods and classic studies that underpin the discipline. Topic areas that are covered during the module include disorders, diagnosis and treatment, and the social and ethical implications of research in the real world. Throughout the module, you will engage in critical thinking and your understanding will be rooted in applied examples and relevant, real-world scenarios.

Chemistry for the Biosciences

This module presents you with an introduction in fundamental ideas and concepts in chemistry, which are essential for the further study of subjects involving molecular science. The module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the structure and function of molecules, principles of kinetics, pH and chemical analysis with the application of these to biological systems. Topics will include the chemical basis of living systems, balance and disruption in biological systems, and drug production and detection.

Statistics for Science

This module will develop your ability to view mathematics as an interdisciplinary subject, and will equip you with the mathematical knowledge and skills required to manipulate data. The module focuses on the skills required for the application of statistical and mathematical methods in the Life Sciences; representing data, probability, and sampling distribution.

Inquiry and Research Skills for Science

This is a core module on this course, and is delivered in two parts to complement your other modules. The first part of this module looks at developing core research and inquiry skills including academic searching, using sources, teamwork, reflection and problem based learning inquiries. The second part of the module allows you to put everything you have learnt into practice through a research based project.

English for Academic Purposes

This module is not about developing your conversational or everyday English skills; instead, it will develop your Academic English skills. You will consider how academic essays should be written, including looking at appropriate referencing and paraphrasing, as well as thinking about how presentations should be delivered in an academic context.

Please note that given the interval between the publication of these modules and enrolment, some of the information may change. You can find out more by reading our terms and conditions.