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Our Foundation Framework programme provides the best possible preparation for degree level study at the University of Northampton.

These courses offer a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

We offer a range of courses, which can be studied on a full-time basis. Featuring a reduced tuition fee for the Foundation Framework, our courses are designed to give students without standard entry qualifications the opportunity to successfully study on the degree pathway of their choice while gaining critical study skills. The first year of the chosen degree will be studied over a two year period to provide enough time for the foundation framework to support progression. Years three and four are then studied as the standard degree programme

In year one students will study 40 credits of their chosen degree programme in conjunction with two foundation framework modules: “Practical study skills” and “Research for practice”, these are designed to give students the neccessary study skills to thrive in higher education. In year two, study will involve 80 credits of the chosen degree and one foundation framework module “Working with ideas” which is tailored towards the chosen degree

Fees and Funding

The Foundation Framework tuition fee is £6300 and subsequent years of study are £9000 for home and EU students, and £10,700 for International students. On entering the second year of study, all students are eligible to apply for a range of bursaries, scholarships or awards that can be found through the Funding Your Study page on the website.

The University of Northampton Bursary will be paid to all eligible students who meet the criteria for this award, following successful completion of their first year of study on a four year degree programme. The criteria can be found on the Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards page. This is an income related bursary and does not have to be repaid. It will not affect payment of a student’s maintenance loans or maintenance grants.

Admissions Criteria

The Foundation Framework could be an option for a student who may not meet the tariff points required for admission into their preferred three year course, or those who are making a significant change in terms of the subject they would like to study. Admission to this course is normally gained from A levels or BTEC programmes of study equating to DEE or DD. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have one of the following:

  • professional or industry experience
  • a range of other qualifications
  • self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study

If your interest in the course relates to a career change of direction or if you are returning to education after time away, then we suggest you make arrangements to attend for an advisory interview with the course team so we can explore how best to support your study ambitions.

Our Foundation Framework provides the best possible grounding to develop student’s key skills and core subject knowledge – building confidence and awareness to study within an excellent University environment.

A feature of the Foundation Framework experience is the opportunity to work alongside students on a range of similar programmes which will extend understanding of the subject’s broad dynamic and the context of career potential.

The first year of the chosen degree will be studied over two years to provide enough time for the foundation framework to support progression, years three and four are then studied as the standard degree programme

The two year Foundation Framework provides progression to the next level of study on achieving the required pass grades. Application is through UCAS and, if necessary, applicants will be offered an interview to discuss this study option with course staff.

Travel a different road
Undergraduate degree programmes with the Foundation Year:

Course Subject Area Course
Art
Business and Management
Computing
Criminal Justice Studies
Design
Educational Studies
Engineering
Fashion
Geography
History
Law
Leather Technology
Media
Performing Arts
Photography
Psychology
Science
Sociology
Sports Performance and Development