The Foundation Year provides a route onto the degree for those who do not meet the entry requirements for first year degree but have the ability to study a degree. This course is undergoing a review over the next year which may mean a change to the course title and units of study. Developed in consultation with employers in environmental agencies and business, this course has real-world relevance and will develop your skills and knowledge towards the measurement, modelling and assessment of environmental change, and its impacts. The course combines aspects of physical and life sciences to develop your understanding of contemporary environmental issues. Field and laboratory work will develop your practical and analytical ability in undertaking complex scientific investigations. You will learn to process information from a range of sources and scientific disciplines which will enable you to make informed recommendations and take appropriate action. Features and benefits of the course: The course is accredited by the Institute of Environmental Science (IES), and has been developed in consultation with employers in environmental agencies and business. The four year study abroad route gives you the opportunity to study overseas during your third year in North America or Australia. Alternatively the four year sandwich route allows you to spend your third year on an employment placement enhancing your career opportunities on graduation. Manchester Metropolitan was ranked one of the top three greenest UK universities in the 2015 People and Planet University League. The School has also won several Green Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education and practice from the Green Organisation. Residential fieldwork opportunities in the UK or overseas are available during each year of the degree. Our degrees explore the nature and causes of variability in natural environments and the social world in which you live. We will help you to develop skills to investigate these interactions to meet future challenges such as global inequalities, climate change, environmental issues and global urbanisation. Our laboratories and facilities are state-of-the-art and will give you first hand experience of a wide range of manual and instrumental lab skills and techniques. Through their work on the assessment of climate change, research staff in the School's Centre for Aviation Transport and the Environment have contributed to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.