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Start dates

September 2024

Available Pathways:

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

Entry Requirements: IELTS Academic for UKVI 4.5 Overall with no element below 4.0 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: £10,250

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


  • English and Academic Skills (compulsory)
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Law
  • Global Perspectives
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Childhood and Education Studies
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Maths
  • Critical Thinking
  • Visual Culture: History and Society

Life Sciences


  • English and Academic Skills (compulsory)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Biology
  • Health Studies
  • Maths for Science
  • Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • Animal Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Introduction to Marine Biology

Creative Arts 


  • English and Academic Skills (compulsory)
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives
  • Critical Thinking
  • Tools and Methods in Visual Communication
  • Concepts in Practice in Visual Communication
  • Visual Culture: History and Society
  • Narrative and Storytelling

Engineering and Computing


  • English and Academic Skills (compulsory)
  • Chemistry
  • Pure Maths
  • Physics
  • Applied Maths
  • Computing
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Foundation Maths for Computing
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Programming and Data Science

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.