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Start dates

September 2020

Available Pathways:

  • Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Creative Arts

Entry Requirements: IELTS Academic for UKVI 5.0 Overall with no element below 4.5 plus good high school grades.  Please refer to your country specific entry requirements for more details.

All applicants wanting to join the Business, Life Science and Engineering Foundation Pathways must have Maths GCSE equivalent at grade C or above.

Tuition Fees: £9,250

Important Information:

  • Guaranteed accommodation
  • Minimum age on enrolment: 17+
  • Course level: NQF 3
  • No IELTS at the end of the course

International Foundation Programmes

When choosing your Foundation programme, first consider which undergraduate programme you wish to progress to, as you will need to include both on your application form.

Business, Law and Social Sciences


  • Global Perspectives
  • Introduction to Business (Option)
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences (Option)
  • Introduction to Law (Option)
  • Introduction to Psychology (option)
  • Critical Thinking (Option)
  • Foundation Maths (Option)
  • Visual Culture: History and Society (Option)
  • English and Academic Skills



  • Pure Maths
  • Physics
  • Applied Maths (Option)
  • Computing (Option)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (Option)
  • English and Academic Skills 
  • Introduction to Programming (option)
  • Foundation Maths for Computing (option)

Life Sciences


  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences 
  • Biology
  • Health Studies
  • Maths for Science
  • English and Academic Skills

Creative Arts


  • Critical Thinking
  • Tools and Methods in Visual Communication
  • Concepts in Practice in Visual Communication
  • Visual Culture: History and Society
  • English and Academic Skills

The University of Chester's Centre for Foundation Studies offers programmes that enable you to progress to a wide variety of undergraduate degrees across the University.  Specialist tutors and excellent pastoral and academic support are available, and subject specific areas of study relating to the chosen degrees programme are integrated within the Foundation pathways.  The programmes are designed to offer a specialist pathway for international students that do not currently meet the University's direct entry requirements.

The Centre for Foundation Studies is equipped to provide international students with all the support they need for a welcoming and enjoyable experience in the city and University of Chester.