Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto an honours degree.

It therefore attracts many students from non-traditional educational backgrounds and under-represented groups.

Over 100 degrees in a wide variety of subject areas across the University are offered with a Foundation Year.

Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific honours degree which means you will apply for either a four year full-time course or a five year sandwich course (where a placement year is available on your chosen degree).

Once you have passed the Foundation Year you will progress directly onto Year 1 of the linked honours degree and, if you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course.

International students who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit.‌

What will I study?

Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific degree course. The content of the Foundation Year is tailored to prepare you for your chosen degree so that you start Year 1 of your linked honours degree with confidence.

You will study a core Foundation Year unit designed to develop your academic and study skills and a further three units that are relevant to your chosen linked honours degree subject.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and, where appropriate, practical workshops, laboratory sessions and online learning. Teaching methods differ depending on your chosen linked honours degree and you will be expected to spend some time each week on self-study.

Assessment methods vary between different units but most units are assessed by a combination of coursework and formal examination, although some are assessed only by the coursework. Coursework methods typically include problem-solving, essays, reports, group projects, tests, programming tasks, practical exercises and presentations.


Undergraduate Study