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Foundation years

Foundation years

With a foundation year you can join us with lower grades, spend an extra year at university and be fully prepared for your degree.

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Get even more from your university experience with an extra year of study. Foundation years are available for the majority of our courses and you can apply with lower grades.

What is a foundation year?

If you don't have enough UCAS points to meet our usual requirements, there is a very good chance we will be able to offer you a place on a foundation year instead.

As well as helping you make the transition to your full degree, this is a great opportunity to spend a year familiarising yourself with academic writing, university life and your chosen subject.

The content of a foundation year is often broader than you will study in a typical degree course. Instead you gain a comprehensive overview of a diverse area, such as humanities or business, which can lead into several different specialisms. You will leave the foundation year with new ideas, new friends and a head start on your degree.

You will choose a specific course when you apply, but you have the option to move onto one of the other degree courses related to the foundation year if you change your mind.

 

Erin

Foundation year in Humanities

I’ll be studying English Literature next year, but having the opportunity to dabble in History and other subjects encompassed by the foundation year is one of the reasons I’m really enjoying the course. All of this alongside our sessions on assessments, critical thinking and how to write well means that this course is well rounded and a great stepping stone into degree level study.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for a foundation year are usually:

- 48 UCAS points

- 1 GCSE in English Language at grade 4/C (or equivalent). 

Applying for a foundation year

You will apply for a specific course 'with foundation year'. If you decide that you prefer another of the subjects covered on the foundation year we can usually offer some flexibility in transferring to a different BA or BSc course.

Funding your course

You will be able to fund your course in the same way as if you were going straight onto a BA or BSc (Hons). Because you apply for the full degree 'with foundation year' when you make your application, the student loans company will view it as one 4 year course and you will be entitled to full funding for all 4 years. The only time this may not apply is if you have already studied a higher education degree somewhere else.

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