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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

York campus

  • Duration – 4 years full-time, 5 years full-time including a placement year
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • 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 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Discover why York St John is The One

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



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)

Calculate your tariff points.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

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 depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this foundation year course is:

  • £9,250 for your foundation year
  • then £9,250 per year of your undergraduate degree. 

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for the full duration of your course, including the foundation year and then your undergraduate degree. 

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities 

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

For full time study the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is:

  • £12,750 for your foundation year
  • £12,750 per year of your undergraduate degree.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While 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.

Study Abroad

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

Accommodation and living costs

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

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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