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Foundation years

What is a foundation year?

Foundation years are an alternative route to studying a full degree. You take a one-year course which allows you to progress on to the first year of one of our undergraduate degree programmes.

Who is a foundation year for?

A foundation year could be right for you if

  • you don't yet have the right qualifications for a full degree in your chosen subject
  • you have the qualifications but you don't feel ready for degree-level study yet
  • you're returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before starting an undergraduate degree

Why choose a foundation year?

  • Adapt to life at uni and a different way of learning as you transition to degree-level study.
  • Gain a strong foundation of knowledge and experience in the subject, so you're ready to successfully complete a full degree.
  • You can apply for financial support from Student Finance England during your foundation year.

What foundation years are available?

We offer over 90 undergraduate degrees with foundation level entry in a range of subject areas from art and design to biosciences and chemistry. Search for the right foundation year for you here

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