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Foundation years

Foundation years are available for the majority of our courses and you can apply with lower grades.

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Study Liberal Arts at York St John University and you will:

  • Develop skills in essay writing techniques, referencing and analysis
  • Settle into your academic life and the fantastic city of York at the same time, by incorporating the city itself into our teaching
  • Gain a broader understanding of your chosen degree, but also be introduced to key ideas from other subjects too, should you change your mind.

Study Liberal Arts at York St John University

Get even more from your university experience with an extra year of study.

Our Foundation years are a great option if you want to get into Higher Education but are not ready to dive straight into an undergraduate degree.

This might be because:

  • You have been out of education for a while
  • You do not yet have the entry requirements for the course you want to do
  • You would prefer a route into higher education which offers more support.

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.

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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