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Foundation Year Study

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What is a foundation year?

A foundation year is an extra year of study at the start of a university course. It is a great way to build your skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare you for a degree course. On successful completion of a foundation year, you can progress to a wide range of our undergraduate courses.

Why study a foundation year?

It gives you the chance to experience university-style teaching and to get a feel for the campus, city and subjects that you’re interested in. You’ll get a rich understanding of your subject areas, alongside practical grounding-in skills that will make it easier for you to go on undergraduate study.

If you’re unsure exactly what particular area of a subject you’re most interested in, a foundation year can be a great way of helping you focus your future study and career decisions.

Discover foundation year courses at Northumbria University today.

Applied Sciences

Passionate about science, but lacking the appropriate qualifications to move straight onto a science degree?


Would you like to develop the practical and intellectual skills required to be a creative, critical and reflective arts practitioner?

Architecture & Built Environment

Interested in developing your knowledge of the environment we build within a wider geographic context?


Prepare for entry onto a degree programme in a Business School in the top 1% of institutions around the world.

Computing and Information Technology

Interested in a career in Computing but do not have the qualifications in order to progress onto your chosen degree?


Want to study engineering but don’t have the grades to meet the usual entry requirements?

Geography and Environmental Sciences

Geography and Environmental Sciences involves the study of the human and environmental systems that sustain life on earth.


Ever wondered what makes us human? What drives our culture, society, interests and creative pursuits? These are the kind of questions you can explore in humanities.


The LLB with Foundation year is a new type of integrated foundation course.

Mathematics and Physics

Enhance your knowledge and understanding of core mathematics and physics principles on our foundation course.


Would you like to develop the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Psychology?

Social Sciences

Are you looking to develop a global understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life, skills in research and analysis, and strong decision-making skills?

Sport Development and Management

Sport provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to take the next step in your career.


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