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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.

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

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.

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