Natural Sciences (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

This Natural Science degree grounds you in a broad spectrum of subjects including core scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, maths and physics.



This programme is a broad based degree allowing the learner to significantly shape their learning experience, and is an alternative route into higher education for those students who perhaps lack traditional qualifications (number, nature or subject mix) suitable for direct entry onto an undergraduate degree, or whose career aspirations have evolved.

Degree structure

The structure of the programme - taking subject matter from fundamental disciplines such biology, chemistry, maths and physics, as well as more applied subjects such as environmental and pharmacy/pharmaceutical sciences, nutrition, sports science - means that the learner will acquire a broad knowledge base and be exposed to a wide range of employment focused skills.

With its emphasis on numeracy, literacy, problem solving and transferable skills, this programme is designed to equip students with the specific knowledge, skills and academic experience required for suitable employment across a range of sectors.

Multidisciplinary modules

Each learner's personalised programme - constructed with significant input from an academic mentor - will be created from the portfolio of courses offered within the Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Life and Sports Sciences and Medway School of Pharmacy. 

This degree will therefore equip the learner with the specific knowledge, skills and academic experience to allow them to find suitable employment across a range of sectors. The programme will also be of great interest for non-UK students offering non-standard, alternative pathways into undergraduate degrees that may be more useful in their home countries.


The aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide students with a broad based university education, suitable as a basis for a career in a wide range of scientific disciplines
  • Provide students whose career aspirations have changed, an opportunity to follow an alternative route to a scientific degree.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 64 Points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate


  • A-level: 64 Points from related subjects, for example biology, sports science, physical education, human biology, mathematics or physics
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 Points from a related science subject
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Applications from mature students.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). You will be required to attend an interview. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information


This degree will equip the learner with the specific knowledge, skills and academic experience to allow them to find suitable employment across a range of sectors. Drawing on the fundamental nature of our science degrees, you will receive an education and training that focus on numeracy, literacy, problem solving and transferable skills, within a subject-specific area defined though informed choice. The possibilities are therefore many and varied as to where this degree could take you.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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