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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. 

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 -  A module to introduce you to the key elements of design practice and to understand art and design through historical and contemporary engagement.
  • Introduction to Applied Art - Looking at the basic principles associated with 3-dimensional design and the making of physical 3D objects.
  • Introduction to Fine Art - Exploring the range of processess, materials and equipment associated with fine art practice.

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 - introduction to the scientific concepts and methods that provide the basis of the biological sciences.
  • Laboratory and Field Skills in Biology (Biosciences) - thorough training in laboratory skills. 
  • Introduction to Experimental Design and Analysis (Biosciences) - to build your essential skills as a scientist and be introduced to ethics in science and study the philosophy.

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.

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

  • Computer Hardware and Software - A practical introduction to the basics of how computers work. It covers a number of areas such as number systems & data, hardware and computer structure, programs and operating systems, communications, the Internet and other networks.
  • Computing Mathematics- This will improve and extend the mathematical knowledge and ability of students studying Computing programmes. This firm foundation will enable students to apply appropriate methodsof ‘computational thinking’ to a range of practical problems.
  • Developments in Technology- An insight into how digital communication and information technologies are rapidly transforming our lives, both at work and at play. Gain an appreciation of current developments in technology, products and services that facilitate and improve the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of education, business and users.
  • IT Skills - Explore the effective use of technology for planning, communication, data storage and presentation, and covering aspects from a range of topics including the Internet, web basics, word processing, graphics and presentation software.

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

  • Media, identity and modern culture* - TV, the news, the saturation of the media? An introduction to your potential future career field
  • Introduction to creative media technology* - Gain immersive use of different creative media technologies, related to TV, radio and studio work
  • Creative media applications* - Exposure to desktop environments and software; the creation of a range of media productions  through application

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

  • The confident learner - introduction to academic disciplines, skills and reflective practice.
  • Introduction to Child Development - helps you to develop a sound understanding of the factors which can influence a child's development. 
  • Introduction to Health and Well-being - overview of the concept of health and well-being in the early years. 

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 a good grounding for students entering a degree in engineering and gives skills and confidence in the use of algebra, trigonometry, graphs and calculus.
  • Design and Technolgy - An opportunity to work on practical activities such as programmable robots, CAD design, mechanical/electrical designs, printed circuit design and rapid prototype techniques.
  • Mechanical Science - To attain the basic knowledge and key skills in mechanical engineering science in order to apply the principles to solve problems in practical situations.

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 - A general introduction to a range of psychological theories and approaches and to the research methods that psychologists use, including human behaviours from a variety of perspectives .
  • Introduction to Topics in Psychology - This module will introduce you to some of the key research areas in psychology including aspects of social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and physiological psychology.
  • Introduction to Topics in Applied Psychology - This module will cover the wide range of applications that psychology has to the real world including aspects of forensic psychology, health psychology, clinical psychology, sports psychology, educational psychology and environmental psychology. 

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 Theories and Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences  - You will be introduced to a range of Sports’ and Exercise Science theories and approaches and to the research methods that Sports’ Scientists use, working individually and as a team.
  • Introduction to Topics in Sport and Exercise Sciences  - You will be introduced to sport’s psychology and its application in a sport and exercise setting (such as cognitive-behavioural, humanistic, psycho-analytical, and social-cognitive settings).
  • Introduction to Topics in Sport Coaching - You will be introduced to the regulations, technical, tactical, physical, mental, safety and coaching requirements for specific sports and for general exercise. 

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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