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The Foundation Centre

 The Foundation Centre

Welcome to the Foundation Centre

Foundation Programmes for UK, EU and Overseas Students


Realising potential and delivering Higher Education without barriers

Durham University’s Foundation Centre offers specially tailored multi-disciplinary study programmes to prepare students for degree level study. The Foundation Centre specialises in helping mature learners return to education, supporting students who are changing between academic fields, and preparing international students who are unable to study to a sufficient level in their own country for direct entry to UK degree programmes. The Foundation Centre is an academic department that delivers courses to develop students’ learning skills and knowledge in preparation for degree level study primarily at Durham University.

Life at the Foundation Centre

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Foundation Centre at Durham University

Foundation Centre at Durham University

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We have created a short video to show you what life is like at the Foundation Centre. It features our facilities, staff and short interviews with our current and past students. Watch it to see that kinds of things we do, and the kinds of people who come to study with us!

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Come and join our community on facebook. See what our current students are up to and ask questions of our current and past students. Become a fan by 'liking' us and stay in touch. Click on the picture to the right.

More about the Foundation Centre

About Us

Preparing students for degree level study.

How to Apply

Apply now to one of the Foundation Centre's programmes of study.


Live in one of the 16 Durham University Colleges.

Choose Your Programme

Choose from more than 40 programmes of study.

Student Life

Learn more about available support and opportunities to get involved.

Contact Us

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Contact Details

Foundation Centre
Durham University
Queen's Campus
TS17 6BH
United Kingdom


Foundation Centre
Durham University
Durham City Campus
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0)191 334 0172
F: +44 (0)191 334 0161
E: foundation.centre

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