Full-time Foundation Year Programme Structure

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The Foundation Year is delivered at Level 0 over one or two years, depending on whether you are studying for a full-time or part-time degree with a Foundation Year. You must take six Level 0 modules worth at least 120 credits in total.

Throughout your foundation year you study alongside students progressing to a range of different degrees. Our teaching is mostly in small groups, ranging across a varied multi-disciplinary curriculum, which means that we actively encourage you to explore and expand your subject interests whilst at the same time building networks of support which will last you throughout your time at University.

Foundation modules

All foundation years include core modules in Academic Literacy and Communication Skills (20 credits), Maths and Statistics (20 credits) and an Extended Project (20 credits). The latter project focusses on a subject area of direct relevance to your extended degree programme.

In addition, you must take one of three different modules (20 credits), relevant to your chosen degree:

  • Introduction to the Humanities,
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to the Natural Sciences
  • Introduction to Health

Finally, you will study at least two subject-specific modules relevant to your chosen degree, totalling 40 credits, usually chosen from the following list:

  • Foundations of Biology
  • Foundations of Chemistry
  • Foundations of English
  • Foundations of Geography
  • Foundations of History
  • Foundations of Music
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Foundations of Time and Humanity

We provide a number of opportunities during your foundation year for you to become involved in the life of your destination department, including tutorial support for your extended project module. The programme as a whole is designed to ensure that you are introduced to all the learning and assessment methods you are most likely to encounter during your degree programme.

For students who do not achieve the required grade in their Foundation Year to progress onto year one of the degree for which they are registered (please see individual course pages for details), we provide in depth support, advice and guidance to help you pursue an alternative progression route, either through the Department for Lifelong Learning's own Certificate in Higher Education, or by applying for other degree level study at other Universities.

Please note: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.