Our Foundation Programme in Combined Studies

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The Foundation Programme in Combined Studies is a part-time foundation year designed for adult learners wanting to access a full or part-time degree or certificate course at the University of Sheffield who do not have the standard entry qualifications required by most courses. It provides a thorough preparation for a wide range of possible degree courses.

The reasons for studying the foundation 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.

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

What are the benefits of studying this programme?

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

Students who decide to try for a place on a full-time degree at the University of Sheffield (or elsewhere) usually apply via UCAS. Anyone applying to a full-time degree at the University of Sheffield who is predicted an overall grade of 60 or more 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 help students who choose to complete a UCAS application form.

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 automatically to level one of the Cert HE, which takes a further two years to complete part-time, or else 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