Certificate in Foundation Studies in Science (Chemistry)

Certificate in Foundation Studies in Science (Chemistry)

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Course title Certificate in Foundation Studies in Science (Chemistry)
Course code UCFSSCYFT
Postnominal Cert. FS(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 4
Duration 1 Year
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 62
Coordinator Agnetha Agius
Delivered by International School for Foundation Studies
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Science (Chemistry) will provide students with the knowledge as well as the personal and inter-personal skills and organisational framework, upon which to base their future undergraduate studies.

The primary aim of the course is to provide these students with the knowledge base, transferable skills, linguistic skills and general competence to allow them to progress successfully onto the University of Malta's undergraduate courses in Chemistry and Medical Biochemistry offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery respectively. The course offers specific training and support in Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English areas where such students require further assistance.

The course will provide teaching in the subject areas of chemistry, biology, mathematics, as well as Academic and Technical English. In addition, students will be expected to attend regular tutorial sessions for each subject. During the tutorial sessions students will be expected to show evidence of adequate revision of the week's work. At the same time, tutorials are intended as scheduled learning sessions in which students will receive training in how to apply their knowledge base and practice their language and communication skills.

The course will include continuous assessments to build up a realistic profile of the student's abilities. Tutors will be required to assess students periodically. As the course progresses and the level of spoken and written English improves and the mastery of subject content improves, students will be expected to show evidence of higher analytical and evaluation skills.

Skills such as the student's ability to apply their knowledge base, to show evidence of self-directed learning and attitude during tutorials will be assessed in the first and second semesters.

Student performance will be monitored continuously by the area coordinator and feedback will be provided through the course tutors. This will allow an awareness of the student's approach to learning and the identification of students who are encountering difficulties, so that remedial action such as the offer of small group coaching can be provided.

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The Course shall be open to all applicants who:

(a) present a secondary and/or high school certificate issued abroad and who studied within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and

(b) are in possession of one of the following qualifications in English at the required level:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-Based Test (iBT) with an overall score of 59, and a minimum score of 17 in the reading and writing components or
(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 5.5, with a reading and writing score of at least 5.0 or
(iii) Cambridge First Certificate at grade C or better or
(iv) any other equivalent qualification approved by the Admissions Board and

(c) are in possession of qualifications allowing access to an undergraduate course in the selected discipline in the country where such qualifications originate, but

(d) are deemed to require further study to be admitted to undergraduate degree courses at the University of Malta.

At the discretion of the Board, applicants shall be required to pass a qualifying interview and/or a written test.

EU, non-EU and Maltese dual citizens who previously studied abroad and then join higher secondary schools in Malta for more than one year shall not be admitted to the Course

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,600
The course will provide students with:

• A sound scientific knowledge of chemistry;

• The reading, writing, listening and critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively as a science student at the University of Malta;

• Training to apply scientific reasoning and analytical skills;

• Grounding in the use of grammar and logic together to precisely understand questions in English and differentiate between similar statements and ideas;

• An understanding of how to apply formal logic to scientific problems;

• Opportunities to think and reason more effectively in the abstract.
The Certificate in Foundation Studies in Science (Chemistry) is specially designed to enable students who have completed their secondary and/or high school education abroad within an educational system that is not comparable to the Maltese educational system (in terms of curriculum, years of study, etc.) and aims to provide the support needed to enable such applicants to move from a fully structured educational environment (in high school) to the attitudes, knowledge and skills required of science students at the University of Malta.
Certificate holders are eligible to apply for:
B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry (3 year degree)
B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry with Materials (3 year degree)
B.Sc. (Hons) in Medical Biochemistry (3 year degree)
at the University of Malta.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 25 March 2021

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