Interview and Test - Science with an Integrated Foundation Year

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Talking to admissions over entry requirements and the like and they would like me to book a date for an interview and a small mathematics test.
Now I'm anxious to say the least, so I'm just wondering, what can I expect from the interview and what will subjects will the maths test cover?

I want to do my best possible as UoM is my first choice and I don't want to screw it up.

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My mate had this interview for the same course, he said he was asked basic questions on why he wanted to study there ect (Though she said they normally ask about the subjects you take, but his are all humanities so she didn't ask) He then had a 4 question maths test which he said was hard for him and he got 50%. They gave him an offer though of ABB
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My mate had this interview for the same course, he said he was asked basic questions on why he wanted to study there ect (Though she said they normally ask about the subjects you take, but his are all humanities so she didn't ask) He then had a 4 question maths test which he said was hard for him and he got 50%. They gave him an offer though of ABB
Do you know what the questions were about? Algebra, Calculus, Transposition etc...?
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I haven't actually taken the test (I was told I would have to but for some reason I didn't in the end) but I can take a guess based on what I was told and what they expected us to know at the beginning of the foundation year:

  • S.I. Units (converting between them etc.)
  • Scientific Notation (writing numbers to powers of 10)
  • Basic Algebra (rearranging equations etc.)
  • Areas and Volumes of Basic Shapes (circle, sphere, cylinder etc.)


I don't think there will be any Trigonometry but if there is it'll probably be very basic, Pythagoras' Theorem etc. Same goes for Calculus, in the Physics modules they assume no knowledge of Trig or Calculus as you're learning it at the same time in the Maths modules.

I can't guarantee that list is accurate but I'd be surprised if the test had anything majorly different on it.
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(Original post by HandmadeTurnip)
I haven't actually taken the test (I was told I would have to but for some reason I didn't in the end) but I can take a guess based on what I was told and what they expected us to know at the beginning of the foundation year:

  • S.I. Units (converting between them etc.)
  • Scientific Notation (writing numbers to powers of 10)
  • Basic Algebra (rearranging equations etc.)
  • Areas and Volumes of Basic Shapes (circle, sphere, cylinder etc.)


I don't think there will be any Trigonometry but if there is it'll probably be very basic, Pythagoras' Theorem etc. Same goes for Calculus, in the Physics modules they assume no knowledge of Trig or Calculus as you're learning it at the same time in the Maths modules.

I can't guarantee that list is accurate but I'd be surprised if the test had anything majorly different on it.
Thanks for the reply.
That seems simple enough, having said that, I don't want to be too over confident about it.

About the foundation year itself, do you pick and choose what modules to take?

I'm wanting to do Physics, so would I only take Maths and Physics modules in the foundation year or does it cover everything? Chemistry, Biology etc...
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(Original post by matomi)
Thanks for the reply.
That seems simple enough, having said that, I don't want to be too over confident about it.

About the foundation year itself, do you pick and choose what modules to take?

I'm wanting to do Physics, so would I only take Maths and Physics modules in the foundation year or does it cover everything? Chemistry, Biology etc...
Some people only have a few compulsory modules and so get to pick the rest (e.g. Maths, Computer Science) but for Physics you don't. You'll have 4 Physics modules and 5 Maths modules plus ICT and Academic Skills.

Everyone also has to do a Project which is unique to the school you'll be going into and supervised by a member of its department.
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Does anyone know what type questions they ask in the physics test? And if I want to do chemistry would I have to take the physics modules?


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Has anyone had their interview?!


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(Original post by HandmadeTurnip)
Some people only have a few compulsory modules and so get to pick the rest (e.g. Maths, Computer Science) but for Physics you don't. You'll have 4 Physics modules and 5 Maths modules plus ICT and Academic Skills.

Everyone also has to do a Project which is unique to the school you'll be going into and supervised by a member of its department.
hmm... I'm not gonna enjoy to learn maths again (:| already done maths and further maths. Not sure if I can sub with chemistry or not.
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hmm... I'm not gonna enjoy to learn maths again (:| already done maths and further maths. Not sure if I can sub with chemistry or not.
At least you know you'll do well on it. Also, there is a small amount of material that goes beyond A-level. Whether or not you can choose something else depends on what course pathway you're on, and even then, all of the courses have at least a few compulsory Maths units.
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At least you know you'll do well on it. Also, there is a small amount of material that goes beyond A-level. Whether or not you can choose something else depends on what course pathway you're on, and even then, all of the courses have at least a few compulsory Maths units.
Could you tell me what modules you'd have to do if you're taking one of the Earth Sciences courses after the foundation year
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Could you tell me what modules you'd have to do if you're taking one of the Earth Sciences courses after the foundation year
Super Unit 1
Maths OB1/OC1
Maths ON1
Option 1 (choice between 'Physics: Matter' or 'Physics: World of the Electron')

Super Unit 2
Chemistry 1
Chemistry 2
Chemistry 3

Super Unit 3
Maths OB2/OC2
Physics: Waves
Maths OF2

Super Unit 4
ICT
Academic Skills
Project

In order to pass, you need to get an overall average of 60% as well as a minimum of 50% in each super unit.
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