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Find your future with a Foundation year

The foundation year is designed for students who may not have all the required grades/entry requirements for the traditional route onto the course.  It is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and grounding to get the most from higher education. Through a mix of modules - depending on which course you are interested in - you will gain confidence, develop new skills and gain essential knowledge which will help you prepare for further years of study and success in your chosen degree.

How does the foundation year work?

Our foundation year courses mean that you enrol on a named degree, foundation degree or diploma. These can be studied over three or four years depending on the course you choose.

In your first year you take the full-time Foundation Year programme - when this is completed 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. 

Applying

Applications for our foundation year are through the traditional UCAS route, however, if you have any questions our Admissions and Enquiries Team will be able to 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.

OPEN DAYS: Find out more about our courses at our next open day.

What you will study

You will study two generic core modules study skills and contemporary issues as well as subject-specific modules* which you can find listed in the subject area tabs below.

  • The skills you need: Develop an appropriate grounding in key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at higher education level and progression through Honours degree programmes and subsequent employment and/or further study. (This module can also be delivered in Welsh)
  • Contextual Studies: This module aims to introduce you to a variety of contemporary issues. It will enable you to relate to your area of interest with the issues presented and instigate healthy discussion and reflective practice amongst your subject groups.
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