Canterbury Christ Church University
Plant Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)
Canterbury Christ Church University

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 30 graduates of Plant Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) and other courses in at Canterbury Christ Church University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
96 /100
30 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Plant Sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £19000 £23500
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £14000 - £25000 £18500 - £33500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Plant Sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21000 £19278 £22292
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £22000 £15556 - £24167 £16417 - £27625

Course Description

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for. A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which: •provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject •offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

This course gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the core sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), study skills and introductory level maths, before progressing onto the degree.

Plant Science course is designed to give you an in-depth understanding of the latest concepts in genetics, plant breeding, gene mapping, plant physiology and data analysis. The course emphasises the development of practical and employment-relevant skills in our newly opened, state-of-the-art laboratories and in field visits. Over three years you will develop the skills to collect and analyse scientific data independently, leading you towards an independent research project in your third year of studies where you can research a topic of your own choice with specific employment goals in mind. This also encourages close collaboration between you and your lecturers, involving you in their research.

To support you throughout this exciting and challenging degree, you'll receive expert teaching that is informed by research and involves you in the research of a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of experienced academics. Your time at Canterbury Christ Church University will allow you to develop the analytical skills and give you the confidence to embark on one of the many interesting career opportunities that exist in the plant science industry, in plant research as well as in biotechnology companies more generally. Alternatively, you may also choose to continue to further study on a Masters course or a PhD  

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Plant Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons) at Canterbury Christ Church University

30% Natural and social science professionals
20% Conservation and environment professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Caring personal services
5% Other Health Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Quality and Regulatory Professionals

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

For entry onto the 4 year full-time programme (7 year part-time/level 0 full-time only) candidates should hold a GCSE in English language grade C or above, or be able to demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a score of 6.0 in writing and a minimum score of 5.5 in all other sections and experience. The experience can be varied and include work, travel, study, but is an essential requirement for application

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Plant Sciences

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 5.0
    • International Foundation
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Plant Science with Foundation Year, BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Plant Science with Foundation Year BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14500 year 1
International £14500 year 1

Additional fee information

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government approved by Parliament regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

International Tuition Fees including EU fees:

Undergraduate tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

The University’s 2022/23 Overseas tuition fees for International students, and information about any mid-course increases, will be published on each course webpage. More details about International student fees and funding and any Scholarships which are available can be found on the following weblink which will be updated for 2022/23 entrants in due course:

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • Foundation

University Rankings

Positions of Canterbury Christ Church University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Canterbury Christ Church University in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #64 
    • #82 
    Biological Sciences
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

See all 13 university rankings of Canterbury Christ Church University

About Canterbury Christ Church University

Founded in 1962, Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has two campuses for Undergraduates, with one being located in the urban setting of the town of Canterbury, Kent and the other in Medway. Students come from afar to take this university’s STEM courses in the subjects of Medicine and Engineering, as well as their more than 200 Undergraduate courses on a wide variety of subjects.

Student composition of Canterbury Christ Church University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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