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Integrated Foundation Year

The integrated foundation year is a great route into the world of higher education.

As well as gaining knowledge of your chosen area and the degree options within that area, you will become familiar to the higher education context and gain the skills needed for study at degree level. If you successfully complete the foundation year, you can progress immediately into the first year of your chosen degree*. You will also get the opportunity to swap degree if you realise that you want to change your mind at this point.

The year is a brilliant opportunity to gain the required skills and knowledge to set you up for your first year of degree study. For example, if you’re progressing onto a science degree, you may focus on basic principles in biology and chemistry, as well as underpinning skills in mathematics. Central skills, including academic writing and researching, are available on all pathways.

A foundation year is more than just a stepping-stone to a degree. You will also benefit from:

  • the development of core skills, including research, academic study and writing
  • full access to our range of facilities and resources
  • full integration into university life, before your degree year begins
  • support in developing the ability to study independently
  • specialist academic and pastoral support and guidance

Your foundation will take place in one of four groups.  The degree you initially applied for will group you into one of these four areas:

  • Arts (Degrees related to Performing & Visual Arts, Design and Media)
  • Science and Health (Degrees related to physical, life and health sciences)
  • Business, Marketing & Management
  • Development, Education & Law

When you arrive at University, you will start with the Transition to University module which will introduce you to the services and facilities on campus, and to necessary investigation skills needed for degree level work, how to reference, how to use a library and find the resources needed for your subject. This will enable you to make informed decisions about your intended field of study and academic pathway later on. You will also spend time with your allocated personal tutor during this time.

In the second term, you will then study two modules, first the Investigating your Subject module to develop an academic toolkit for your future pathway, learning about the ‘hidden rules’ of university academic work that leads to successful assignments, and the second ‘Foundations in’ module to explore the wider field within which your chosen degree sits. So, if you have chosen Law (the LLB course) you won’t be limited to just law classes, but will also explore the wider field of crime, criminology, policing and investigations that surrounds the subject of law, to give you a robust grounding in the wider field of study.

In the final block of teaching, you become the expert. You work directly with your personal tutor and with your new degree tutor in the ‘Negotiated Learning’ module to choose an issue that matters to you, and you carry out an investigation into a real world problem as evidence of your readiness for entry into Level 4 of your degree programme.

* Please note that if you are applying for a programme that is PSRB regulated and has PSRB requirements  (for example , selection interview, DBS and Occupational Health checks- please check the programme requirements on webpages), you will be required to pass the necessary checks before being accepted onto the programme. Some programmes may also require you to attend an interview before acceptance. If for any reason those requirements are not met you will be offered a suitable alternative programme of study.


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