Foundation Study Framework

Our Foundation Study Framework 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 Study 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 study 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: “Investigations into your Subject Area 1” and “Investigations into your Subject Area 2”, these are designed to give students the necessary study skills to thrive in higher education. In year two, study will involve 80 credits of the chosen degree and one foundation framework module “Changemaker – Working with ideas” a group project exploring solutions towards solving a social problem. All Foundation Study Framework modules are delivered alongside other foundation students but tailored towards the chosen degree.

Fees and Funding

The Foundation Study Framework tuition fee for 19/20 entry is £6,600 and subsequent years of study are £9,250 for home and EU students. The tuition fee for International students is £9,800 for the first Foundation Study Framework year and subsequent years of study are £12,500*. 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 Home/EU 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 Study 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 Study 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 Study 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 study framework to support progression, years three and four are then studied as the standard degree programme

The two year Foundation Study 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.

* From year 2 onwards prices may increase. You will be notified of any changes


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