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Studying a degree with a foundation year

There are many reasons why you might choose to study a foundation year; maybe you don’t meet the entry requirements for a full honours degree, or perhaps you want to study something new. If you have the ability and ambition to study for a degree but don’t meet the academic entry requirements to enter directly onto a degree course, the foundation year could be the right route for you.

How it all works

The foundation year is an integral part of your degree. Your course will take four years, or five years, if a placement or year abroad is available on your degree, and once you have passed the foundation year you will progress directly onto Year 1 of the linked honours degree, you do not need to reapply through UCAS.

If you are a new, full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course. Visit our Money Matters web pages to find out more about student finance, including the latest details on bursaries.

How you apply

Like all our full-time undergraduate degrees, you’ll need to apply through UCAS (The University and Colleges Admissions Service). Each degree with a foundation year has its own unique UCAS code – which you can find on the UCAS website

What you study

You’ll study four units designed to build your confidence and bring you up to speed for the rest of your chosen degree. These include three units that provide an introduction to your subject, and a unit designed to develop your academic and study skills that you’ll need for degree-level study. For international students, we also offer a unit that provides extra English language study support. You can find more details about the units in your Foundation Year – and the years after that – on our online prospectus

We use a range of methods to teach our students, depending on the course. This involves a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops, laboratory sessions and online learning.  You’ll also spend time each week on independent study.  Your foundation year will be assessed by coursework and formal exams.

Courses available with a foundation year

*UCAS codes shown are the codes you need to apply for the foundation year

Accounting, Finance and Economics

Biological Sciences

Biomedical and Physiological Sciences

Business and Management

Chemistry

Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology

Education and Childhood Studies

Engineering and Product Design

English

English degrees with a foundation year (Stream A)

Leading onto: 

  • BA (Hons) English (UCAS code Q303)
  • BA (Hons) English and American Literature (UCAS code QT37)
  • BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing (UCAS code C3WR)
  • BA (Hons) English and Film (UCAS code PQ33)
  • BA (Hons) English/History (UCAS code QV13)

 

Languages degrees with a foundation year (Stream A – Linguistics and Language combinations with English)

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) English/French (UCAS code 7Y66)
  • BA (Hons) English/Spanish (UCAS code 4R21)
  • BA (Hons) English/TESOL (UCAS code QX62)
  • BA (Hons) English with German (UCAS code 2D13)
  • BA (Hons) English with Italian (UCAS code 953A)
  • BA (Hons) English with Japanese (UCAS code 2R47)

 

English degrees with a foundation year (Stream B)

Leading onto:

  • BS (Hons) English/Politics (UCAS code QL31)
  • BA (Hons) English/Philosophy (UCAS code QV53)

Fashion, Clothing and Textiles

Geography and Environment

History, Politics and Philosophy

History and Philosophy degrees with a foundation year (Stream A)

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) Ethics, Religion and Philosophy (UCAS code 7D36)
  • BA (Hons) History (UCAS code V101)
  • BA (Hons) History/International Relations (UCAS code VL18)
  • BA (Hons) History/Politics (UCAS code LV12)
  • BA (Hons) History/Philosophy (UCAS code H2P6)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations/Philosophy (UCAS code LVF5)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy (UCAS code V502)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy/Politics (UCAS code LV52)

 

Politics and International Relations degrees with a foundation year

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) Politics (UCAS code L202)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations  (UCAS code L251)

 

 

Health Professions

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages degrees with a foundation year (Stream A – Linguistics and Language combinations with English)

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) Linguistics (UCAS code L587)
  • BA (Hons) English/Linguistics (UCAS code QQ30)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Modern Standard Arabic (UCAS code 2S23)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Mandarin Chinese (UCAS code 2W36)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with German (UCAS code 2M83)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Italian (UCAS code 2R60)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Japanese (UCAS code 8C47)
  • BA (Hons) English/French (UCAS code 7Y66)
  • BA (Hons) English/Spanish (UCAS code 4R21)
  • BA (Hons) English/TESOL (UCAS code QX62)
  • BA (Hons) English with German (UCAS code 2D13)
  • BA (Hons) English with Italian (UCAS code 953A)
  • BA (Hons) English with Japanese (UCAS code 2R47)

 

Languages degrees with a foundation year (Stream B – French, Spanish, Linguistics, TESOL, minor Languages)

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) French with Mandarin Chinese (UCAS code 8R14)
  • BA (Hons) French with Modern Standard Arabic (UCAS code 2N76)
  • BA (Hons) French with Japanese (UCAS code 8V67)
  • BA (Hons) French with German (UCAS code 4S93)
  • BA (Hons) French with Italian (UCAS code 6H12)
  • BA (Hons) French Studies (UCAS code L358)
  • BA (Hons) French and Spanish (UCAS code L258)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish with Mandarin Chinese (UCAS code 8G66)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish with Modern Standard Arabic (UCAS code 2S76)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish with Japanese (UCAS code 8F59)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish with German (UCAS code 3J67)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish with Italian (UCAS code 2A43)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish Studies (UCAS code L458)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Modern Standard Arabic (UCAS code 2S23)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Mandarin Chinese (UCAS code 2W36)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Japanese (UCAS code 8C47)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics/French (UCAS code 4A24)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with German (UCAS code 2M83)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics/Spanish (UCAS code 8V50)
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with Italian (UCAS code 2R60)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL with Italian (UCAS code 2B48)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL and Linguistics (UCAS code XQ61)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL with Modern Standard Arabic (UCAS code 8V47)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL with Mandarin Chinese (UCAS code 2Q75)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL with Japanese (UCAS code 8G55)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL with German (UCAS code 2C90)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL/Spanish (UCAS code 2X59)
  • BA (Hons) TESOL/French (UCAS code 2Q67)

 

Languages degrees with a foundation year (Stream C – International Relations with a Language)

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Arabic (UCAS code 2S98)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Chinese (UCAS code L2T2)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Japanese (UCAS code LRJ1)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with German (UCAS code LR59)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Italian (UCAS code RL32)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations /Spanish (UCAS code LRS1)
  • BA (Hons) International Relations/French (UCAS code LRF1)

 

 

 

Law

Psychology

Social Care

Social Sciences

Sociology and Criminology degrees with a foundation year

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) Sociology (UCAS code L303)
  • BA (Hons) Criminology (UCAS code L312)
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (UCAS code LL31)

 

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism (Foundation Year)
UCAS code 8F58

Tourism, Events and Hospitality Management

Tourism, Events and Hospitality degrees with a foundation year

Leading onto:

  • BA (Hons) Events Management (UCAS code N822)
  • BA (Hons) Hospitality Business Management (UCAS code N228)
  • BA (Hons) Tourism Management (UCAS code N841)
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