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 9 different study pathways to choose from and the courses are suitable for both UK and international students.

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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
  • 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 Months7 Months
English RequirementIELTS 5.0 or equivalentIELTS 5.5 or equivalent

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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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of BristolBuisness Management
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldFashion Marketing Management
DistinctionUniversity of LeedsAccounting and Finance
DistinctionUniversity of SouthamptonBusiness Management
DistinctionUniversity of SouthamptonFashion Marketing with Management
Distinction with HonoursLancaster UniversityBusiness & Management
DistinctionKing’s College LondonPhilosophy
DistinctionUniversity 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

GradeUniversityCourse
DistinctionUniversity of ManchesterFashion Management
DistinctionLancaster UniversityFinance
DistinctionUniversity of SheffieldBusiness Management
DistinctionUniversity 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

GradeUniversityCourse
DistinctionUniversity of ExeterPolitics & International Relations
DistinctionKing’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

GradeUniversityCourse
DistinctionUniversity of YorkInternational Relations
MeritUniversity of SouthamptonFilm & History
MeritUniversity 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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldInternational Relations & Politics
DistinctionUniversity 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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of the Arts, LondonFine Art
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SheffieldFine Art
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonGraphic Design
Distinction 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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursOxford BrookesArchitecture
Distinction with HonoursNewcastle UniversityArchitecture
DistinctionLeeds Art UniversityComic and Concept Art

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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of BristolBiology
DistinctionUniversity of BirminghamLaw
DistinctionUniversity of KentBiochemistry
DistinctionUniversity of WolverhamptonPharmacology
MeritNottingham 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

GradeUniversityCourse
Distinction with HonoursKing’s College LondonBiomedical Engineering
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonMechanical Engineering
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of BathAerospace Engineering
Distinction with HonoursUniversity of SouthamptonCivil Engineering and Architecture
DistinctionCity, University of LondonAeronautical Engineering