Foundation year courses
Enter with BCC at A level
The Foundation programme is designed to equip you with the skills you need for degree-level study.
Who is it for?
- UK and EU students whose school-leaving qualifications do not meet the admissions requirements for direct entry to our undergraduate programmes.
- mature students holding non-standard qualifications
- students facing education barriers.
What do you study?
All Foundation Year students study the same six modules:
- Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning
- Language and Culture
- Media and Visual Culture
- Narrative and Creativity
- Important Thinkers through History
- The Project
Full course details are in the prospectus
Progression to degree programme
Upon successful completion of your Foundation Year, you will automatically progress to your chosen undergraduate degree.
Successful completion means you:
- pass all modules according to the standard University UG Regulations at the first attempt, and
- obtain a minimum credit-weighted average of 50%
Having been out of education for pretty much 10 years the Foundation year gave me a bit of a refresher and eased me in to life at the University without putting too much pressure on me.
It gave me the tools I needed for an undergraduate course.
Russell Fisher, Foundation entry 2016-17
All applications are considered in relation to i) academic and ii) widening participation criteria as outlined below.
A levels: BCC. Must also include GCSE English language level 4 (grade C) or above. We do not consider graduate students or International applicants for this programme.
Some of the BA language programmes may require specific language qualifications. Please contact us for more details.
Arts and humanities foundation students, typically, will fulfil a number of the following criteria:
- Being a first generation entrant to Higher Education;
- Family, cultural or financial reasons for needing to study in the East Midlands;
- Attending a school or college without a strong tradition of progression to Higher Education;
- Attending a school or college with a low average A level score;
- Living in a deprived home location;
- Being (or having been) a refugee;
- Being (or having been) in local authority care (looked after);
- Other disadvantaging circumstances/extenuating circumstances (reviewed on an individual basis).
Data relevant to the criteria above are requested and generated as part of the UCAS application process. Where appropriate, you may also choose to reflect on your experiences in relation to these criteria in your personal statement or request that they are mentioned in your supporting reference.
BTEC National Diploma : applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Minimum five GCSEs, combination of grades B and C including B English language.
Scottish Advanced Highers: Minimum of five grade 2s at Standard level including English language. Minimum of five grades BBBCC at Higher level.
We welcome enquiries from mature students who have non-standard qualifications and/or have been away from education for a while. Please contact us directly in the first instance firstname.lastname@example.org
English language requirements
Standard English language requirements in Arts are IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element); TOEFL iBT 100 (no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element).
I always had the worry that I might not get the A level results I needed - so this was a great option for me.
Aimee Hudson-Brown, Foundation entry 2016/17
Register your interest
Register your interest in a foundation year degree by requesting a prospectus, stating that you are interested in foundation level study and choosing one or two arts and humanities subjects.
Request a prospectus/make an enquiry
Fees and finance
Apply through UCAS
Download course overview PDF
The following courses are available through UCAS.
Courses and UCAS codes
|| American and Canadian Literature, History and Culture (International Study with Foundation Year)
|| Ancient History (with Foundation Year)
|| Archaeology (with Foundation Year)
|| History of Art (with Foundation Year)
|| Classical Civilisation (with Foundation Year)
|| English Language and Literature (with Foundation Year)
|| Film and Television Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| French Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| German (with Foundation Year)
|| Hispanic Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| History (with Foundation Year)
|| International Media and Communications Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Languages (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Language Studies (with Foundation Year)
|| Modern Languages with Translation (with Foundation Year)
||Music (with Foundation Year)
|| Philosophy (with Foundation Year)
|| Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (with Foundation)
|| Russian Studies (with Foundation)
|| Theology and Religious Studies (with Foundation Year)
Recommended pre-course reading
The following books provide a good way in to a range of topics you might cover on our Faculty of Arts Foundation Year.
Bates, Catherine, and Abi Matthewman. Studying Arts and Humanities. Palgrave Study Skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
This is a guide to university life for students intending to study a course in the Arts and Humanities. It includes lots of general information and some specific details about being an Arts and Humanities student.
Cottrell, Stella. The Study Skills Handbook. Palgrave Study Skills. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
This book covers some important skills that are essential for successful university study.
Nussbaum, Martha Craven. Not for Profit : Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. The Public Square Book Series. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010.
This is an important book about the Humanities (= Arts and Humanities) that features prominently in our module ‘Critical Thinking and Reflective Learning’.
We’ve not just seen improvements in academic ability – in essay writing and in doing the course work – but also in presenting in front of the groups and being able to discuss things.
This will stand our Foundation students in good stead - both in the University but also in jobs afterwards.
Dr Peter Watts, Foundation programme course leader