Cert HE in Combined Studies with a Foundation Year

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The CertHE Combined Studies with Foundation Year is a part-time course designed for adult learners who do not have the standard entry qualifications required by most Higher Education courses.

Students initially study our foundation programme, part-time, over 2 years. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees progression onto our CertHE in Combined Studies, although many students use this course as preparation for further degree level study, either at the University of Sheffield or another institution.

The reasons for studying the part-time programme vary. You may want to:

  • build your confidence and update your study skills before starting on full degree course.
  • get a taste of more than one subject area before deciding which particular academic route to follow. 
  • gain subject area knowledge in order to support an application to a specific degree programme.
  • continue onto our part-time CertHE programme

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To apply for 2019 entry to this course, please use our online form.

What happens after the foundation year?

Successful completion of the foundation level of this programme guarantees direct progression through to Level 1 of our part-time CertHE Combined Studies.

Alternatively some students decide to apply for a place on a full-time or part-time degree at the University of Sheffield (or elsewhere). Anyone applying to a degree at the University of Sheffield, who is predicted an overall grade of 60 or more at the foundation level of this course, is guaranteed an interview with the department concerned in order to assess whether they are suited to their chosen course. We offer you advice and assistance when considering your options for higher level study and offer guidance on the application process.

Over the years we have seen learners successfully apply to a wide range of academic and vocational degrees across many disciplines, including business management, criminology, economics, education, the healthcare professions, journalism, law, politics and psychology.

Attendance and length of programme

Attendance on this course will be part-time within DLL.

It will take you two years to complete the part-time foundation level of the programme. At this point, you can either progress to level one of the Cert HE, which takes a further two years to complete part-time, or you can apply to transfer to other degree level studies.

Teaching and learning methods

During the course a number of teaching methods may be used, including:

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Problem solving classes
  • Independent study
  • Skills and subject-based tutorials
  • Group work
  • On-line activities.
  • Revision workshops

Programme details

The links below will take you to more detailed information:

About the programme structure

About the foundation programme

Programme code: ACEU85H

To apply for this course

We are now taking applications for 2019 entry.

As this is a part-time course you will apply for admission through our online application form, using the programme code: ACEU85H, but before you apply please read these pages carefully:

For further information please contact us on: email: foundation.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk or tel: 0114 222 7000