Undergraduate course

Education degrees with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Advance your academic skills and prepare for Undergraduate study.

Increase your confidence in academic study with our Liberal Arts Foundation Year. Develop key skills, explore diverse themes and discuss cutting-edge developments in an array of subject areas within Education and other academic disciplines.

  • Available in Clearing
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4 years full-time, 5 years full-time including a placement year
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Education

Minimum Entry Requirements

    48 UCAS points

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

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

The York St John Experience

Course overview

Successfully completing our Liberal Arts Foundation Year route allows you to progress to the full degree course that you choose when you apply to us. This foundation year allows you to develop your knowledge both within and beyond your chosen area of study, as well as building up the vital academic skills that you will need to be successful at degree level. You will be taught alongside other students studying the Foundation Year from Humanities, Religion & Philosophy, Languages & Linguistics, Social Sciences and Media.

You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of academic disciplines, encountering a wide range of subjects and ideas.

You will engage in a range of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, seminars, group work, workshops and online learning.

Education courses available with Foundation Year

Early Childhood Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: 2M9L

Education Studies with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: X301

Education Studies & English Language with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: X3Q4

Education Studies & English Literature with Foundation Year


Children, Young People and Families with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: L542

Children, Young People and Families & Education Studies with Foundation Year


Course structure

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Eboracum: York, Space and Place
  • Being Human 1: Structure, Agency and Identity
  • Being Human 2: Culture, Truth and Myth
  • Freedom and Justice
  • Imagining the Future: Environment, Apocalypse and the Digital Revolution
  • Independent Project

All modules are worth 20 credits.

Teaching & Assessment


As you progress through the course you will take six modules, building your knowledge and skills across the year.. The thematic nature of each module allows for a wide range of staff from across the University to deliver these classes, giving you direct access to teachers and researchers from many different disciplines within the university. You will be offered an unprecedented insight into ground-breaking research taking place at York St John University and invited to participate in discussions which have local, national and global scholarly implications. 



Different staff will also introduce you to different pedagogical approaches and teaching formats. For example, over the course of the programme you will experience lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, as well as other group activities such as visits to relevant places of interest. You will be encouraged to actively participate in the teaching and learning sessions and develop your confidence through activities such as group discussion and presentations.

Though you will encounter many different tutors from week to week, you will remain in constant contact with your Course Team, who will deliver a substantial share of your teaching. Additionally, a member of academic staff from your elected destination programme will be assigned as your Progression Tutor. You can meet with them regularly for support and advice and, as the course draws to a close, they will offer you discipline-specific guidance before your undergraduate journey continues.  



To give you an introduction to the various forms of assessment used at York St John University and ensure that you are best equipped to get the most from tutor feedback, this course is committed to embedding formative assessment as a fundamental component of learning and teaching. These activities, which will not result in a grade, allow us to monitor your learning and Page 4 of 4 provide ongoing feedback.

Each module will include summative assessment (which will be marked and receive either a pass or fail). Each summative assessment point will take the form of a portfolio made up of a range of different components indicative of the different assessment forms you will encounter during further study. Portfolio components will be prepared in draft throughout the module, avoiding the time and workload pressures associated with end-loaded assessment strategies. Portfolios may include the following components: literature review; annotated bibliography; annotated map; abstract; research reflection; self-reflection; reflective analysis; short responses to critical resources; short critical essay; creative artefacts; blogs/vlogs/podcasts; academic poster; independent project. Assessment for each module will fall at the end of each semester, encouraging synthesis of learning across modules.

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

48 UCAS Tariff points

English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

For 2017 entry, UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Funding your course

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.



View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.


Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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