This course is designed for students from a range of educational backgrounds who
need an additional year of study prior to their undergraduate degree. You should
take this course if any of the following apply to you:
- You have less than 13 years of schooling
- You need to improve your academic skills and English to join an undergraduate
- You haven't met the entry requirements for direct entry on to the first year
of a degree
The course is classed as an integral part of a 4-year degree, and takes place before
the first year of your chosen degree. After your total four years of study (five
if you take a work placement or additional year studying abroad) you will graduate
with a BA or BSc (Hons) degree in the same way as your classmates on your specific
This foundation course can be tied with a range of our excellent degrees in subject
areas such as business and management, accounting and finance, computing, or
hospitality, leisure and tourism (see 'Progression and degree options' below).
See our full range of foundation courses for international students.
We have foundation courses for students with IELTS 4.5 upwards.
Teaching learning and assessment
In your foundation year you will be taught by highly qualified academic staff. They are specialists in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and/or their subject discipline, who have many years of teaching experience in the UK and overseas.
You will gain practice and training in the different kinds of assessment that are common in higher education, for instance essays, reports, individual and group presentations, learning journals, and project work.
You will have around 15 class hours per week. Classes are held Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), usually between 9am and 4pm. Some subject modules may be between 5pm and 8pm.
You will need to spend at least 20 hours per week on independent study which includes homework, assignments, tutorials, reading and preparation for classes (in groups or individually).
Accreditation and quality