Science with Accelerator Programme

The course

Course type
Entry date
September, January


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An alternative pathway to your Bachelors Degree

Our Bachelor Degree Accelerator Programme (The Accelerator) is an alternative route to begin your degree offering direct entry to second-year study across our undergraduate degrees.

Learning style

The Accelerator’s style of teaching will best prepare you for degree level studies with lectures, tutorials and seminars, encouraging independent thinking and developing your academic knowledge and skills.

The intensive and focused programme will enable you to:

  • transition seamlessly into degree-level studies;
  • make an informed choice about your degree;
  • develop independent learning skills through our problem-based and student-centric learning approaches;
  • learn to work in groups, conduct research and deliver presentations.

Degree pathways

Successful completion of the Accelerator programme offers a direct pathway to a wide range of professionally relevant degrees:

Course content

The first year of The Accelerator can normally be completed within one academic year (nine months). The programme comprises four year-long courses of 30 credits each.

Required courses

International students with IELTS below 5.5 (Flat) are required to take the 'Academic English and Study Skills' course, and if you have above 5.5 (Flat) you are required to take 'Academic Skills’ as well as three other option courses in their first year. All students will be tested diagnostically for English when they start their studies.

Students should consider which courses are required to progress onto their intended undergraduate degree programme from second year.

Academic English and Study Skills

This course will build on your English language skills acquired through your school years and get you to the level needed for your time at university. We focus on academic reading, writing, speaking, listening and research - all crucial for academic success. You will be able to construct academic texts using the style and vocabulary appropriate to your discipline and incorporate source material into your writing, in line with standard academic conventions. We will help you to work effectively in groups and present and participate in talks and seminars.

Academic skills

This course introduces students to the study skills, practices and expectations of university study while preparing you to better participate in a tertiary learning environment. Throughout the course, there will be an emphasis on the utility and transferability of these academic skills and competencies not only for foundation and degree studies, but also for employability and lifelong learning.

Optional courses

There are three options for the science programme and you will need to choose three. Some of these options are mandatory for students who would like to progress on to second year of undergraduate courses in Mathematics or Computer Science.


(*Recommended for Mathematics and Computer Science pathway)

This course will build your mathematical knowledge and understanding, in a way that recognises problem solving as an essential skill. There will be a focus on developing and building your skills in the areas of algebra, geometry and statistics. Upon completion of the course, you will have the extended thinking and decision making skills to solve problems and integrate mathematical knowledge and apply these to solving problems that are drawn from practical and relevant real-life situations.


(*Recommended for Mathematics and Computer Science pathway)

This course will introduce you to object-oriented programming concepts, followed by class designing concepts such as coupling, cohesion and modularisation. We will move on to abstract methods and interfaces. You will be introduced to machine and state diagram GUI (Graphical User Interface). You will learn about the concepts of components, layout manager and event handling. You will be introduced to error handling topics and defensive programming to develop your problem-solving skills. We will support your coding skills development through practical exercises and assignments. The combination of theory and programming in this course will help you develop a website with database integration. Practical exercises and assignments will help you analyse the scenarios and solve them with the concepts learnt.


This course will give you a deeper insight into physics principles and applications, reinforcing your knowledge and understanding of the underpinning concepts of physics. You will develop skills in making critical comment. You will deepen your understanding of the processes behind scientific advances, in a continually changing and advancing landscape. You will enhance your awareness that physics involves interaction between theory and practice. On completion of this course, you will be scientifically literate and will recognise the impact physics makes on individual people, the environment and society. You will appreciate current areas of scientific debate and be able to add your own contribution to the discussion.


This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the physical and natural environments, considering both organic and inorganic chemistry. We will support you to develop the underlying theories of chemistry and the skills of independent study and thought that are essential in a wide range of occupations. You will develop your laboratory skills through practical laboratory work.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

Academic background equivalent to A Levels DEE/CD + GCSE English and Maths at C/4.  English level IELTS 5.0 (with no bands lower than 4.5). Subject relevance to be dependent upon articulation degree. Please see our detailed English language requirements.

Academic entry requirements

  • Highers CCD including a science or maths + National 5 Maths & English at Grade C
  • A-Levels DEE/CD including a science or maths. GCSE English and Maths at C/4
  • International Baccalaureate 26 points including H5 + H4 OR H4+H4+H3. Science / maths subject is required at H4. S4 at Maths & English
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Not accepted

International academic entry requirements

  • Bangladesh - Higher Secondary Certificate - grade average of 65%
  • China - Senior High 2 - average grade of 70% or Senior High 3 at an average of 65%
  • Ghana - West African School Certificate (WAEC) - or Senior School Certificate  in four subjects with grades 1-6 (A-C)
  • Hong Kong - Form 5 in four academic subjects (grades will be assessed on a case by case basis) or HKDSE with grades 223 in relevant subjects
  • India - Standard 10 + 1 - 70% or Standard 10 + 2 at 55%
  • Indonesia - SMU 2 - Grade 7.0 or SMU 3 Grade 6.5 (five relevant subjects required)
  • Iran - High School Diploma (3 years) - average grade of at least 14 (in relevant subjects)
  • Jordan - Tawjihi - 80% in 4 relevant subjects
  • Kazakhstan - ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 4
  • Kuwait - Shahadat-al-thanawia-al-a'ama - passmark of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Libya - Secondary Education Certificate - average of 80%
  • Malaysia - Form 5. Ter, 2 or Mid-Year Transcript - A-C in five relevant subjects
  • Nigeria - WAEC or SSC - grades 1-6 in four relevant subjects.
  • Pakistan - High Secondary Certificate - four passes in relevant subjects with an average of 55%
  • Qatar - Thanawaya Aam Qatari - average grade 80% in relevant subjects
  • Saudi Arabia - Tawjihi - average of 80% in relevant subjects
  • Thailand - MAW5 - GPA of 2.5 or of MAW 6 with a GPA of 2.0 in six relevant subjects
  • United Arab Emirates - Tawjihi - 80% or above in relevant subjects
  • Ukraine - ATTESTAT/11th Grade Certificate of Secondary Education - grade average of 7.0
  • Vietnam - Completion of Year 12 at Secondary School with average grade of 7.0


Additional fees information

Tuition fees for September 2023 entry
Fee status* Full-time Part-time Per Course
England, Wales and Northern Ireland £9,250 £4,625 £1,156
International** £22,264 £11,132 £2,783

*Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

**International includes applications from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in the UK. Read more about the application process for EU nationals.

Additional scholarship information

Travel Home Bursary

Available for students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

We appreciate that moving away from home for the first time can be daunting. Our Travel Home Bursary should allow you to return home at several points throughout the academic year. The Travel Bursary applies to your first year of study only.