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Degrees with Foundation Year (Carmel College)

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Fees and finance

The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualification level required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. If you are a full time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to relevant criteria).

A significant part of our Foundation Year focuses upon study skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.

The Foundation Year is particularly suitable for those who wish to undertake studies in the following areas:

  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • Design
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Sport & Physical Education

Depending on your subject of choice, you will follow either the Creative and Performing Arts curriculum or the Sport Science curriculum. For further details, please see the curriculum tab.

Programme structure

Teaching on this prgramme will be a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and individual learning. You will have approximately 15 teaching hours per week, for 24 weeks of the year, and teaching will take place at our partner institution Carmel College, St Helens.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment on this programme includes coursewprk, essays and exams. 

You will recieve written feedback on all of your assessments, and you will have the opoortunity to discuss this in more detail with your tutor.

The Foundation Year option is designed for those who would like to undertake undergraduate study but don't quite meet the entry requirements needed to enrol directly onto the degree.

Offers will be made to candidates who gain UCAS points between 72-56 (DDD-DEE).

If you do not meet these requirements, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss your application, particularly if you feel that you experienced extenuating circumstances during your studies.

If you are 21 or over and haven't recently studied so don't have UCAS points, you will be interviewed and an alternative assessment may be offered.

Design, Fine Art and Graphic Design

If you are applying for the BA Design, BA Fine Art or BA Graphic Design with Foundation Year, you will be required to attend an interview before an offer will be made.

Drama & Theatre Studies

If you are applying for the BA Drama & Theatre Studies with Foundation Year, you will be required to attend an audition before an offer will be made.

Tuition Fees

For the Foundation Year element of your degree, fees for 2018/19 will be £6,250.

For the remaining 3 years of your degree, taught at Hope Park, you will be charged the full Undergraduate fee each year. For the most up-to-date fees per year, please see our Fees and finance pages.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

Additional Costs

On top of your tuition fees, you also need to consider costs such as purchasing books and travel. For subject-specific costs, please see the Undergraduate course pages.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

Creative & Performing Arts

If you are studying for a BA (Hons) Degree with Foundation Year in:

  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • Design
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design

then you will follow the Creative & Performing Arts curriculum.

Topics covered during lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops include:

  • Modernism in Art and Design
  • Modernism in Theatre
  • Modernism in Music
  • Postmodernism in Art and Design
  • Postmodernism in Film
  • Postmodernism in Music
  • Postdramatic Performance
  • Screen Printing
  • Digital Editing
  • Drawing and Composition
  • Video Editing
  • Scenography and Technology
  • Devising and Improvisation
  • Movement and Mask
  • Music Technology
  • Sewing and Textile Dying
  • 3D Materials

Sport Science

If you are studying for a BSc (Hons) Degree with Foundation Year in:

  • Sport & Exercise Science
  • Sport & Phyical Education

then you will follow the Sport Science curriculum.

Topics covered during lectures, seminars and tutorials include:

  • Musculoskeletal System 
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Vascular System
  • Respiratory System 
  • Energy Systems 
  • Recovery
  • Physiological Data Collection 
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Personality, motivation and competitive pressure 
  • Emergence and Evolution of Modern Sport
  • Participation to Excellence
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Coaching for Participation and Performance 

Applications for our BA (Hons) Degrees with Foundation Year must be made through UCAS. When making an application, you will need to specify which degree you wish to continue onto once you have completed your Foundation Year programme.

The available BA (Hons) programmes are listed below:

PathwayUCAS Code
Creative & Performing Arts with Foundation Year W410
Design with Foundation Year W201
Drama & Theatre Studies with Foundation Year W401
Fine Art with Foundation Year W102
Graphic Design with Foundation Year W211
Sport & Exercise Science with Foundation Year C610
Sport & Physical Education with Foundation Year C603

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