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Your Foundation Year will be structured in the same way as any other year of your undergraduate studies – with modules and credit.

You will study four subject-specific modules and two study skills modules to prepare you for university level study – University Study Skills and then Independent Project.

  • The University Study Skills module is taught for the first half of the academic year and introduces you to the academic protocols required for undergraduate study.
  • The Independent Project module is taught in the second half of the year. For this module you choose a topic related to your degree discipline and use the academic protocols you have learnt to develop an extended academic piece of work.

Each module is worth 20 credits, enabling you to achieve 120 credits in total.

There are six Foundation Year routes that integrate with a large proportion of the University’s undergraduate degree courses. These comprise the following:

Business, Law and Social Sciences Route

“The Centre for Foundation Studies is distinctive as it is a bespoke department dedicated solely to foundation level provision, and our staff are experienced in teaching foundation and committed to supporting you throughout the year. The Business, Law and Social Sciences route is the largest Foundation route in the department, encompassing undergraduate programmes such as Law, Business and Marketing, Geography, Sociology, Psychology and Criminology to name a few.”  Ged Turner, Programme Leader

Life Sciences Route

“The Centre for Foundation Studies is an ideal place to begin your university journey. Our team are experienced in foundation level provision and committed to supporting you throughout your first year of university. The Life Sciences Foundation Route includes Biology, Animal Biology and Chemistry for Life Sciences modules, with interactive and engaging lectures, workshops and lab sessions.”  Caroline Magill, Programme Leader

Creative Industries Route

“The Creative Industries Foundation Route has been designed to support students pursuing a wide range of creative fields including fine art and a wide range of design disciplines. Students are provided with the opportunity to develop skills for their specialist areas, whilst participating in the creative community at the university.” Lucy Irvine, Programme Leader

Engineering and Computing Route

“To gain the strongest foundation for your career, you will be taught subjects by experts of in the field who are passionate about their subject: students of Engineering-based disciplines will learn subjects such as Pure Maths and Physics, and Computing-based students will undertake modules such as Cybersecurity and Computing. We’ve got a really dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable team who deliver engaging, interactive lectures with a range of tech-based learning tools and resources. Bridging theory with real-world application in practice, underpinned by core academic skills training, this course will give you a strong grounding for the rest of your Engineering or Computing degree.” Dave Price-Williams, Programme Leader

Professional Programmes Route

“The Professional Programmes Foundation Year provides a solid foundation for these extended degree programmes, with modules including Psychology, Health Studies, Professional Nursing Practice and Education and Childhood Studies. Our staff are experienced in teaching foundation and committed to supporting you throughout the year.” Cath Edmondson, Programme Leader

Humanities Route

“The Humanities Foundation Route combines important aspects of history, society and narrative to provide a solid grounding for undergraduate study. Students on this route develop critical thinking skills alongside factual knowledge and creative appreciation, essential for fields including History, Archaeology, English Language and Literature, Religious Studies and Theology” Lucy Irvine, Programme

As a Foundation Year student, you’ll be a part of the undergraduate community and your subject departments from day one. You will also be in a unique position as you will have a centre dedicated to your foundation year - Gateway House - in the centre of a beautiful and vibrant city, but at the same time are a fully integrated into the University with access to the support facilities, such as Student Welfare and the clubs, events and societies that will help make your university experience a rich and enjoyable one.