What is a foundation year?




Why study a foundation programme?

A foundation programme offers you an alternative route into studying at a world-class university.

Most of our undergraduate courses can be accessed via a foundation year, and international students will also have the chance to improve their English language skills.



The foundation year equipped me with the required tools in terms of knowledge and academic mentality in order to succeed in the latter academic years and has also reflected positively in my career.

 - Abdullah Albaroot,
BEng Mechanical Engineering


Benefits of choosing Nottingham Foundation Programmes

  1. These pathways could be your springboard into degree-level study at a world-class institution
  2. You'll be fully integrated into university life and the student community from day one
  3. Our progression rates are high, and we work hard to ensure every student reaches their full potential
  4. Your welfare is important to us, so we'll offer specialist support and a range of social activities for you to enjoy
  5. You'll experience our beautiful 300-acre campus with excellent facilities and resources
  6. You'll be guided through a range of accommodation options

Who should apply?

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen undergraduate course, a foundation year may offer you an alternative entry route.

We welcome applicants with A level subjects unsuited to their chosen course, international qualifcations, non-standard qualifications or those who require additional English language support.

How to apply


Foundation success story - Charlie Martin

The foundation year prepared me in many ways for my MEng in Mechanical Design, Materials and Manufacture. As well as getting me up to speed with the maths and physics required, it gave me very useful knowledge as to how I should tackle university life. Basically it felt like I hit the ground running when I started my first year.


 - Charlie Martin, Mechanical Design,
MEng Materials and Manufacture

Charlie Martin

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