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It is possible to study the University’s 'kick-start year' before progressing to a number of our degrees.  This way you do not have to delay joining the University, and when you have completed the Foundation Year you can then progress on to study at degree level if it’s right for you.

If you do not meet the requirements for the three year honours degrees, you should consider this option.  The “kick-start year” is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the ‘traditional’ degree course.

The kick-start year is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and grounding to get the most from higher education.Through the mix of modules taken in this year you will gain confidence, develop new skills, and gain knowledge which will give you the foundations for success in your chosen degree.


How does the 'kick start' programme work?

Our kick start courses mean that you enrol on a named degree, Foundation Degree or diploma.  These can be taken over 4 or 3 years depending on the course you choose.

In your first year you take the full-time Foundation Year programme, and when you have completed the Foundation Year you can then progress on to study at degree level if it’s right for you.

In certain cases where the main programme is delivered on a part-time basis – for Foundation Degrees and the Diploma in Counselling – you can also access the Foundation Year option but take this on a part-time basis.

This will normally mean taking 2-3 modules each year rather than the standard 6 modules for full-time study. 

Our Admissions and Enquiries Team can advise you. The University considers each application on its own merits, and does consider alternative experience and qualifications for entry onto degree programmes. But, if you feel you may fall short, this option may be for you. 

Modules

You will study two generic core modules Study Skills and Contemporary Issues as well as subject-specific modules listed in the subject area tabs below.

Study Skills: Develop the study and learning skills needed to support study at levels 4,5 and 6.  Students will be supported in their report writing and research skills, verbal and written presentation skills, the use of IT and listening skills.
Contemporary Issues: Designed to introduce aspects of environmental issues, and sustainability, each presentation to the students will feature an issue which then will be contextualised in strand seminar groups to discuss the relevance to their subject area.



Art & Design

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Introduction to Art and Design -An introduction to the key elements of design practice, and how it involves a creative blending of ideas and concepts, media and design techniques and technologies. This is approached through practical experience of product design and the design process. 
  • Introduction to Applied Art - Basic principles associated with 3-dimensional design and the making of physical 3D objects, approached through live 3D design in a workshop environment including coverage of health and safety issues, and the need for a practical and safe handling of materials, tools and machinery.
  • Introduction to Fine Art - Explore processes, materials and equipment associated with Fine Art practice and the development of an artwork in a Fine Art context covering key stages of the artistic process, including the translation of ideas and images into a finished artwork, and also the importance of understanding how to work creatively with materials and media using processes.
  • Creative Thinking -  Explore the creative thought process which relates to the various art and design disciplines, develop a student’s ability to put ideas down on paper quickly in response to material discovered from reading, interviewing appropriate people, attending conferences/workshops and research they will have discovered from the internet. This will be achieved by providing them with a range of practical assignments that will increase their recognition of the need to have strong ideas and original concepts for every assignment they receive during their creative careers.

Courses

Biosciences

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year.
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available.
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to.

What you will study

  • Introduction to biosciences - An introduction to the scientific concepts and methods which underpin the biological sciences, including whole organism biology and cell biology. Topics covered include: cell structure and the biochemicals that are used in the processes that are carried out in the cells; DNA, proteins and the processes of respiration and photosynthesis. Students are also introduced to anatomy in both plants and animals and also study genetics.
  • Laboratory and Field Skills in Biology (Biosciences) -  Gain a thorough training in laboratory skills which includes coverage of experimental method, health and safety, writing risk assessments, use of laboratory equipment including microscopes. Students also explore concepts of ecology and fieldwork, including identification of plants and animals in the wild, using techniques for surveying habitats and developing personal field skills.
  • Introduction to Experimental Design and Analysis (Biosciences) - Essential scientific and mathematical skills, including consideration of ethics in science and the philosophy underpinning experimental method. Students are encouraged to develop and apply skills through analysis and debate and to develop knowledge and experience of experimental design, data collection, analysis, probability and introductory statistics
  • Introduction to Science - This will provide students with the fundamental background knowledge required for their full degree study in the relative areas.  It will encourage students to develop their own abilities in science, introduce a basic bank of knowledge in main scientific areas, develop skills and ability to apply science concepts to problem solving and enable students to gain an understanding of how science and technology influence and are influenced by contemporary society

Course

BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Plant Biology (four years including Foundation Year)
BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Welfare Management (four years including Foundation Year)
FdSc Animal Studies (four years including Foundation Year)
BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (four years including Foundation Year)
BSc (Hons) Geography, Ecology and Environment (four years including Foundation Year)


Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Media, identity and modern culture - An overview of the borad media landscape and of the current creative and media industries sector.
  • Creative media technology - Gain immersive use of different creative media technologies, related to TV, radio and studio work
  • Creative media applications - An exciting taster of what a career in journalism entails.

Course

BA (Hons) Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications (four years including Foundation Year)

Business

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year.
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available.
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to.

What you will study

  • Fundamentals of Finance - Introduce students to basic concepts in finance and to equip them for further studies in more advanced topics in accounting and finance. The students will examine the functions of financial markets, look at methods of investor finance and look at the basics of financial accounting including the role of the stock exchange.
  • Introduction to Business - Explore the question ‘What is a business?’ and investigate the business functions of human resource management, marketing and accounting and finance. Students will be expected to demonstrate a practical knowledge of how business ideas and concepts translate into business decisions. The students will have an opportunity to explore the different internal and external elements of a business, including business structures and different forms of ownership, develop an understanding of the context in which a business operates, explore common aims and characteristics of business and what makes them different, identify and explore business structures, cultures and functions and explore the political, social, economic, technological and ethical considerations affecting business.
  • Introduction to Marketing - In the 21st century marketing is at the heart of every organisation’s activity, regardless of whether the business operates in the private, public or third sector. Central to all marketing operations is the customer. This module will introduce students to the exciting world of marketing, and explore the tools and techniques marketers use to achieve their marketing objectives.

Courses

BA Accounting and Finance (including Foundation Year)*

BA Business (including Foundation Year)*

BSc Entrepreneurship (including Foundation Year)*

BA Global Business (including Foundation Year)*

BA Hospitality, Tourism and Event Management (including Foundation Year)*

BSc Marketing and Consumer Psychology (including Foundation Year)*



Chemistry

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

Courses

BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Green Nanotechnology (four years including foundation year)*

Computing

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Computing Mathematics- This will provide students with the knowledge and confidence in the use of formula, data manipulation and representation, and provide embedded understanding of the different number and data representation systems that are used in computing and computer programming.
  • Computer Hardware and Software - Gain an understanding of the core technology associated with the use and application of computer systems. It provides students with the necessary grounding in the various building blocks of computers - memory, cache, subsystems and architecture of a computer, along with operating systems – required for competent computer practitioners.
  • Developments in Technology- This will provide a  grounding in current and social issues in information technology and the impact of current and emerging technology.  It is designed to provide an opportunity for students to acquire and develop broad general knowledge of some current research areas in computing and discuss their application in industry and commerce.
  • Design and Technology - An opportunity to work on practical activities such as programmable robots, CAD design, mechanical/electrical designs, printed circuit design and rapid prototype techniques using packages that will be further developed at degree level.

Courses

Creative Media Technology

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Creative Media Technology - An introduction to live working with creative media technology. Students gain experience and knowledge of working on Radio, Recording, TV and Journalism and the various stages of the media production process through working with and applying media technology. 
  • Creative Media Applications  - An introduction to journalistic practice equiping students with a basic knowledge of what is needed to produce print, online and broadcast journalism, pitched at an appropriate level for foundation year. This knowledge would be advantageous to any student wishing to forge a career in the creative industries. 
  • Media, Identity, and Modern Culture- Overview of the broad media landscape of the current Creative and Media Industries sectors, and introduces some key issues in relation to media theory such as realism representation and the social and cultural impact of the media and media technology within modern society
  • Personal Project -Designed to interweave content, skills, knowledge and practice obtained within initial studies of strand specific core modules.  It is essentially a negotiated extended project, within an area chosen by the student and closely mentored by appropriate members of relevant academic departments.  It can be a case study or individual project that is shapeable by the student to their current and future interests, preparing the way both for future study and facilitating a blend of topic areas covered.

Courses

Education

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Introduction to Child Development - Provides foundation-level coverage of the factors which can influence a child's development. It introduces the work of some of the key theorists of child development, such as Piaget, Vygotsky, Rogers, Bruner and Dewey, and explores how their work can be applied and evidenced in practice. There is also consideration of some of the ethical issues which a practitioner needs to consider when undertaking any observation of a child or young person.
  • Introduction to Health and Well-being - An overview of the concept of health and well-being in the early years.including consideration of issues impacting on health and well-being, including parental health, lifestyle, diet, exercise and safety, and the role in influencing children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.  The module also considers issues relating to the educational practitioner and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children, supported by an understanding of how settings are supported by legislation and policies. The principles underpinning the rights of children to a healthy lifestyle and environment are also studied.
  • Introduction to Counselling - Designed to support students undertaking the counselling route, it introduces students to the history and key developments of counselling and to introduce some core concepts, key figures and ethical expectations in the field. It offers the opportunity to introduce a number of theoretical approaches and to provide an explanation for the diversity of approaches to counselling as well as an introduction to the development of counselling skills. 
  • Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies - Explore the historical and current concepts which underpin cross disciplinary perspectives of childhood and youth.  This will include; historical, anthropological, developmental and socio-cultural approaches and their relationship to practice
  • Working with Children, Young People and Families - Provides students with a theoretical and experiential basis for identifying the practitioner skills necessary to work with children, young people and families. This will include looking at skills and knowledge, professionalism, ethics and reflective practice.

Courses

BA (Hons) Families and Childhood Studies (four years including Foundation Year)
BA (Hons) Education (four years including Foundation Year)
BA (Hons) Education (Counselling and Psychotherapy) (four years including Foundation Year) 
BA (Hons) Education (Special Educational Needs) (four years including Foundation Year)
BA (Hons) Education and Childhood Studies (four years including Foundation Year)
FdA Learning Support: Teaching and Learning (four years including Foundation Year)
FdA Learning Support: Special Educational Needs (four years including Foundation Year)

Engineering

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Analytical Methods for Engineering - Provides grounding in mathematics for students entering a degree in Engineering and gives the skills and confidence in the use of algebra, trigonometry, graphs and calculus and has a strong understanding of the different mathematical operations and concepts in order to model systems that are used within Engineering. It also gives students the tools and concepts in order for them develop and apply appropriate techniques for Engineering design.
  • Design and Technology- Gives students the opportunity to work on practical activities such as programmable robots, CAD design, mechanical/electrical designs, printed circuit design and rapid prototype techniques using packages that will be further developed at degree level. 
  • Mechanical Science -Core element of the foundation year, it provides coverage of the basic knowledge and key skills in mechanical engineering science in order to apply the principles to solve problems in practical situations. 
  • Electrical and Electronic Science - Provides foundation-level support for HE study of Electrical Engineering, and includes consideration of fundamental areas including analogue and digital electronics, number systems, electrical/magnetic principles and CAD design.

Courses

Psychology

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Introduction to Theories and Methods in Psychology -Provides a general introduction to a range of psychological theories and approaches and to the research methods that psychologists use. It considers human behaviours from a variety of perspectives and will consider the strengths and limitations of a range of research methods through an examination of a range of classic and contemporary studies. It includes work in the application of theory to case studies and basic work in research methods and design.
  • Introduction to Topics in Psychology - Introduces some of the key research areas in psychology including Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Physiological Psychology. These are explored through small-scale research exercises which provide experience of the application of theory to the study and analysis of human behaviour.
  • Introduction to Topics in Applied Psychology - Application of psychology to modern society providing a foundation-level understanding of areas such as Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Sports Psychology, Educational Psychology and Environmental Psychology. Students are directed to explore issues in the practical application of psychology in studies of examples such as offender profiling, treatments for schizophrenia, or health promotion.
  • Negotiated Learning Group Research Project - Essential for the personal and professional development and for future employer requirements this module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the well established principles and research in areas of psychology and of the way in which those principles and research have developed and are applied in a practical way. 

Courses

BSc (Hons) Psychology (four years including Foundation Year)

Sport

Key facts

  • UK students are eligible to apply for a student loan to cover this extra year
  • The Welsh Government fee grant for Welsh domiciled students will also be available
  • Fees for the “kick-start year” (four years including foundation year*) cost the same price per year as the degree course they lead on to

What you will study

  • Introduction to Sport, Exercise Science and Human Performance  -Introduces the student to theories and approaches used within sport and exercise science and relates their application to sport, exercise and human performance settings. The students will explore psychological and physiological approaches to the sport & exercise environment. Explore a range of theories and assessment methods used within the sport & exercise environment and provide definitions and understanding of the key theories within sport and exercise science.
  • Introduction to Sports Coaching Concepts - Support the identification of the key roles and responsibilities of the sports coach; examine coaching practice in a range of performance environments.and be able to describe key pedagogical concepts.
  • The Performance Environment - introduce students to a range of performance environments, sports and physical activities. It will support the students in the application of knowledge of a range of sports and exercise performance environments and the development of a personal performance profile.
  • Negotiated Learning Group Research Project - Essential for the personal and professional development and for future employer requirements this module will enable students to gain knowledge and understanding of the well established principles and research in areas of psychology and of the way in which those principles and research have developed and are applied in a practical way. 

Courses

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences (four years including Foundation Year)

BSc (Hons) Sport coaching (including years Foundation Year)

 


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our kick-start year is between 80-120 UCAS points. We also take into account any work experience you have that is relevant to a particular course.

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