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Foundation years

What is a foundation year?

Foundation years are an alternative route to studying a full degree, involving an initial year of study that will enable you to progress on to the first year of one of our eligible undergraduate degrees. A foundation year is NOT the same as a Foundation degree. A foundation year gives you access onto a degree course, whereas a Foundation degree is a standalone qualification equivalent to two years of a three or four-year degree.

Who is a foundation year for?

A foundation year could be right for you if:

  • You don’t have the right qualifications for a full degree in your chosen subject
  • You have the qualifications but don’t feel ready for degree-level study yet
  • You are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before starting an undergraduate degree.

What are the entry requirements?

48-72 UCAS tariff points. There are no GCSE requirements. The foundation year will cover these skills in preparation for degree study.

Why choose a foundation year?

  • Adapt to life at university and a different way of learning as you transition to degree-level study
  • Gain a strong foundation of knowledge and experience in science or business and management, so you’re ready to successfully complete a full degree.

We offer foundation years on the following courses: