Degrees with foundation years

What is a foundation year?

A foundation year forms part of a four-year degree and provides the understanding and basis needed to embark on the full degree, for those that have had a break in study, have qualifications other than A levels for consideration or did not get the grades they hoped for in their A levels.

We have been running foundation programmes for over 25 years with an outstanding record for retention and success. We invite applications from those that have a break in study, or have qualifications other than A levels for consideration.

Why choose a four-year degree with a foundation year?

Foundation year courses at the University of Plymouth offer students from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets an avenue into a wide variety of degrees that have traditionally been out of reach.

In our experience, the additional foundation year gives students the opportunity to grow academically and personally in a university environment. This allows students more time to reinforce and complement existing understanding and perform to their full potential over the course of the four-year degree.

Explore your course options

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Placing an emphasis on developing understanding and logical thought, explore our science and engineering courses with a foundation year
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Gain confidence and enrich your love of learning by studying English, creative writing, or history foundation-year courses
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Find the best possible direction for your studies and receive the necessary grounding to progress onto a wide range of Faculty of Business degrees by studying our management, government and law foundation year

Is it too late to secure a place for September 2018?

If you haven't made a UCAS application before the final deadline, or fear your grades will fall short of the entry requirements for your chosen course, then you may be able to achieve a place on one of our courses with vacancies through Clearing.

Call our Clearing hotline on 0333 241 6929 from 7am on results day to discuss your options and secure your place on one of our courses with vacancies this September.

“The best part of the course for me was the confidence it gave me. I wasn't sure getting into university was something I'd be able to do. It's an immense sense of achievement.”

Harry talks about the foundation year and how it prepared him for a degree in robotics, engineering or mathematics.