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General Information

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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 Degree with Foundation Year focusses:

  • Developing core University skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of key themes and ideas across subject disciplines.

The Degree with Foundation Year is particularly suitable for those who wish to undertake studies in any of the degrees shown on our full A to Z list of available degrees with Foundation Year.

The Foundation Year is a full-time course and forms the first year of a four-year degree. You will be a student of the University and have access to all the standard support systems and resources that any degree student would be able to access.

Programme structure

Teaching on this programme will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, trips and individual learning. You will have 12 contact hours per week, for 24 weeks of the year, with 6 hours in one subject block and 6 hours in a second subject. Your subject blocks will be dictated by your degree pathway.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment during Foundation Year is varied and will give you an idea of what is required as you move through the four years of your degree. Assessment types may include essays, presentations, portfolio and practical work, dependent on your subject blocks.

You will be given feedback on all of your assessments and have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in detail. Most feedback on assessments is provided in written form, although some may be supported by oral feedback.


Applications for our Degree 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.

Please view our Degree with Foundation Year A to Z for a full list of all available programmes.

Contact us

Got a question? Contact our Enrolment Team: 

0151 291 3899