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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Foundation Programme

Foundation Courses for UK and EU Students

Our Foundation Programme provides access to a wide range of degree programmes for learners from under-represented groups in higher education, who need a year 0 course in order to be prepared for undergraduate studies. Foundation Programme students are full members of the university and as such are affiliated to a college, as well as enjoying full access to the extensive extra-curricular opportunities within the university.

Foundation Programme courses are fully integrated elements of Durham University degree programmes. Students who successfully reach the progression standard by the end of the foundation year automatically gain entry to year one of their registered programme without further action or application.

The majority of our students are from non-traditional university backgrounds. Many are from the northeast of England, though all regions of the UK are usually represented, together with a range of EU countries. Foundation Programme staff are experts at teaching foundation level courses, and are engaged in a wide range of scholarship activities, adding to the body of knowledge within their respective discipline areas and in the field of pedagogy.

There are many types of foundation year. In this case, the foundation year is a 'year 0' element of an undergraduate degree programme that is designed to enable learners who have not had the opportunity to enter the university using the typical qualifications (A-Levels, IB and equivalents), a route of entry into year 1 of an undergraduate degree programme. Students on the foundation year course study a tailored programme that is specifically designed to enable them to achieve progression on to the first year of their chosen degree. There are many degree programmes that include a foundation year option, representing a large proportion of those offered by the university. Foundation students matriculate fully into the university, including becoming a member of one of the 16 colleges open to undergraduate students.

Many degree programmes are available 'with foundation'. To discover if the subject you wish to study has a foundation year, click here. This will enable you to see if that subject is available and if so, by clicking on the link to that programme, the entry requirements and other relevant information can be found.

Each of the available degree programmes has a defined foundation year. Students study modules that add up to 120 'credits', learning both core general academic skills and subject-specific content that will enable them to enter and thrive in year one of their degree subjects. Details of the foundation year modules included within each programme can be found here.

The fees for a foundation year are the same as years one to three of undergraduate study. Details of the fees and any funding you may be entitled to can be found here.

If you think the foundation year may be for you, if you think you may be eligible, our how to apply page.

Get in touch

Foundation Programme
Pelaw House, Leazes Road

0191 3340172

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