About the foundation year

If you're keen to study Science or Engineering at the University, but don't quite meet the entry criteria, our one-year SEFY programme is ideal for you.

An overview of the Science and Engineering Foundation Year

What is the Science and Engineering Foundation Year?

Being able to improve your maths and science, whilst developing essential study skills such as writing lab reports, are all reasons why SEFY is a solid career investment.

  • It's a recognised pathway to studying at the University of Sheffield.
  • If you have a talent for STEM you are still able to fulfil their career ambitions - and go on to study your chosen discipline at degree level.
  • Support is provided at every stage through personal and group tutorials, wider University services, and also via the reception team.
Find out why the foundation year could be a great choice to kick start your student journey.

This specially-supported degree programme enhances your ability in maths, physics and chemistry, with the aim to bring you up to the entry standard. 

It's taught by specialists and takes the essential elements from the A level syllabus.

SEFY is taught on the university campus by academics that also teach on undergraduate degrees.

There are close links with each engineering discipline. Aside from maths and science, you will also complete interdisciplinary lab work and degree-specific group and individual projects, working with an academic specialist to achieve your goals.

SEFY provision is expanding nationally. Whether you are moving from FE to HE study, or you are no longer able to resit past qualifications due to changes in Government funding, this is an excellent opportunity to study science or engineering at degree level, at a world-class University.

Students tell us that this course is fundamental in their transition to becoming engineers and scientists of the future. We gain excellent feedback about the tutorial classes which clarify course content and assist learning, unpacking any challenges you encounter in your studies.

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International Merit Scholarships

We offer a generous package of financial support for international students including 75 undergraduate scholarships worth £10,000 towards the annual tuition fee and 125 postgraduate taught scholarships worth £5,000 towards the tuition fee. Applications are now open for existing offer holders.