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Integrated Foundation Year

Studying a Degree with an Integrated Foundation Year

The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) is a brilliant introduction to the world of higher education.

The IFY may be for you, if you:

  • don’t have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into year 1 of a three year BA/BSc
  • currently don’t meet the expected entry requirements for direct entry into year 1 of a three year BA/BSc
  • are returning to education after some time away

Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

During your IFY, you will develop the required skills and knowledge to successfully complete the rest of your degree. 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.

How to Apply Home and EU How to Apply International

 You will also benefit from:

  • your own dedicated Personal Tutor to guide and support you through the IFY
  • 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
  • support in developing the ability to study independently
  • specialist academic and pastoral support and guidance

 “Initially I knew I would not receive the grades required for a three-year degree programme, so I applied for the foundation study framework because I knew it would prepare me for studying at a university standard.”

How does the Integrated Foundation Year work?

You will be studying in one of four groups, which degree title you initially pick 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.

“I genuinely believe that if I had been thrown into my first year without having gone through the Foundation, I wouldn’t have done as well as I did and, I would have struggled and stressed myself a lot more in trying to fit the academic writing style according to the type of piece of assignment. It prepared more than I thought it would”

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 year two degree subject team 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.

Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 2020/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years. For more information on tuition fees please visit our Fees, Funding, and Finance page.

  • Home and EU – £6,750
  • International – £12,900

Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirements for the Integrated Foundation Year are DEE at A level or MPP at BTEC.

For more information on how to make an application please visit our How to Apply pages for Home and EU, and International students.

  • Block 1

    Transitioning, signposting, and introduction to University culture.

    • Learning to Learn: Transition to University* – 40 Credits
    Block 2

    Applying knowledge and skills to a set brief.

    • Investigating Your Subject* – 20 credits
    • Foundations in Subject Area** – 20 credits 
    Block 3

    Action and reflect on skill base to develop a brief.

    • Negotiated Learning Project* – 40 credits

    * Cross disciplinary study skills

    ** Field specific skills, but still broad enough to enable the flexibility if a student wishes to change programmes.

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