University Foundation Courses

University Foundation courses are an alternative to A Levels that offer a fast and cost effective route to university for students aged 16 and over. There are 12 different study pathways to choose from and the courses are suitable for both UK and international students.

Why choose a University Foundation Course

  • A fast and cost-effective route to university for students aged over 16.5 years
  • 6 months (January start) or 9 months (September start) to complete
  • Designed with international students in mind. There is a higher pass rate for international students on foundation courses than for those doing A Levels 
  • IELTS preparation in-built to ensure students meet IELTS entry requirements for their chosen university
  • Not tied to a specific university.  In 2020 87% of our students were offered places at Russell Group universities and 100% of our students gained places at a UK university
  • Over 80% of the Russell group universities accept foundation courses
  • Smaller class sizes to ensure individual attention to maximise results than the large-scale university foundation courses where students often get lost
  • Wide range of subject options
  • A family-style boarding school environment with excellent academic support and pastoral care – ideal for those away from home for the first time
  • Weekly personal tutor support
  • University preparation classes with extensive UCAS support and advice on the range of university options available from experienced personal tutors
  • Accredited by NCFE and internally assessed
  • Students who may not have succeeded at A Levels are often successful on a Foundation course

University Foundation Course Entry Requirements

September IntakeJanuary Intake
Age at Start of Course16.517
Course Length9 Months6 Months
English RequirementIELTS 5.0 or equivalentIELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Students on our University Foundation Courses have gone on to study at the following universities

University Foundation Course Pathways

Humanities Foundation Courses

Business Foundation

Subjects studied on the Business Foundation Course
Business StudiesEconomics
International RelationsMaths
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Business Foundation

Student NameGradeUniversityCourse
XinruDistinction with HonoursUniversity of BristolBuisness Management
JasmineDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldFashion Marketing Management
TianchangDistinctionUniversity of LeedsAccounting and Finance
YifanDistinctionUniversity of SouthamptonBusiness Management
SiminDistinctionUniversity of SouthamptonFashion Marketing with Management
LinguDistinction with HonoursLancaster UniversityBusiness & Management
XiaoyaDistinctionKing’s College LondonPhilosophy
MuziDistinctionUniversity of BirminghamBusiness Management

Economics Foundation

Subjects studied on the Economics Foundation Course
EconomicsBusiness Studies
International RelationsMaths
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Economics Foundation

StudentGradeUniversityCourse
LeyiDistinctionUniversity of ManchesterFashion Management
YunuoDistinctionLancaster UniversityFinance
XiDistinctionUniversity of SheffieldBusiness Management
ShanniDistinctionUniversity of BirminghamBusiness & Management

International Relations Foundation

Subjects studied on the International Relations Foundation Course
International RelationsBusiness Studies
LawMaths
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for International Relations Foundation

NameGradeUniversityCourse
PeterDistinctionUniversity of ExeterPolitics & International Relations
JinDistinctionKing’s College LondonEuropean Politics

Law Foundation

Subjects studied on the Law Foundation Course
LawBusiness Studies
International RelationsMaths
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Law Foundation

NameGradeUniversityCourse
LayannahDistinctionUniversity of YorkInternational Relations
XiaMeritUniversity of SouthamptonFilm & History
ZhiboMeritUniversity of BrightonBusiness Management

Humanities Foundation

Subjects studied on the Humanities Foundation Course
EconomicsBusiness Studies
International RelationsLaw
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Humanities Foundation

StudentGradeUniversityCourse
Ru JiaDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldInternational Relations & Politics
JiahuaDistinctionUniversity of YorkElectronic Engineering with Business Management

Art Foundation Courses

Art Foundation

Subjects studied on the Art Foundation Course
ArtArt History
Life DrawingDigital Photography
Fashion & TextilesSculpture
Cultural ReferenceE-Portfolio
University PreparationPersonal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Media Foundation

StudentGradeUniversityCourse
JingfeiDistinction with HonoursUniversity of the Arts, LondonFine Art
YuexinDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldFine Art
ZiyiDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonGraphic Design
YuDistinction with HonoursLeeds Arts UniversityInterior Design

Architecture Foundation

Subjects studied on the Architecture Foundation Course
Art HistoryArt
Cultural ReferenceDigital Photography
Life DrawingSculpture
E-PortfolioFashion & Textiles
University Preparation CoursePersonal Tutor Session

Recent Results and Progressions for Architecture Foundation

StudentGradeUniversityCourse
AdalgisaDistinction with HonoursOxford BrookesArchitecture
HaekelDistinction with HonoursNewcastle UniversityArchitecture
ChengyangDistinctionLeeds Art UniversityComic and Concept Art

Media, Communication & Film

Subjects studied on the Media Foundation Course
Media StudiesFilm Studies
Digital MediaApplied Communication Theory
University PreparationPersonal Tutor Session

Recent Results and Progressions for Media Foundation

StudentGradeUniversityCourse
MeiheDistinction with HonoursUniversity of LeedsFilm, Photography and Media
KellyDistinction with HonoursLondon Metropolitan UniversityPractical Film Making
XiaoyanDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldDigital Media and Society
JihaDistinction with HonoursUniversity of LeedsDigital Media

Fashion & Textiles

Subjects studied on the Fashion & Textiles Foundation Course
Fine ArtArt History
Life DrawingPortfolio Photography
Textiles & Textural SurfacesSculpture
E-PortfolioPersonal Tutor Session
University Preparation
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Science Foundation

Science Foundation

Subjects studied on the Science Foundation Course
ChemistryBiology
MathsUniversity Preparation Course
Personal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Science Foundation

NameGradeUniversityCourse
RuimingDistinction with HonoursUniversity of BristolBiology
IanDistinctionUniversity of BirminghamLaw
StephanieDistinctionUniversity of KentBiochemistry
DhiaDistinctionUniversity of WolverhamptonPharmacology
MoyinoluwaMeritNottingham Trent UniversityBiomedical Science

Engineering Foundation

Subjects studied on the Engineering Foundation Course
ChemistryPhysics
MathsUniversity Preparation Course
Personal Tutor Session
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Engineering Foundation

NameGradeUniversityCourse
JaewonDistinction with HonoursKing’s College LondonBiomedical Engineering
Jin MingDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonMechanical Engineering
ShuaiyuanDistinction with HonoursUniversity of BathAerospace Engineering
IbrahimDistinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonCivil Engineering and Architecture
EdmondDistinctionCity, University of LondonAeronautical Engineering

Psychology Foundation

Subjects studied on the Psychology Foundation Course
PsychologyLaw
MathsEconomics
Personal Tutor SessionUniversity Preparation Course
If you have IELTS 6.5 or below, you will be required to study 3-6 hours per week of IELTS preparation dependent on your English level

Recent Results and Progressions for Psychology Foundation

ZerongDistinctionUniversity of EdinburghPsychology
ChuqiDistinctionUniversity of ManchesterEducational Psychology
XieDistinctionUniversity of YorkPsychology