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The Foundation Centre

Direct Progression Programme

What is the Direct Progression Programme?

The Direct Progression Programme is fully integrated with Durham University degree programmes counting as Year 0 of a 4 year undergraduate degree programme open to UK and international students. It is designed to provide you with the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge you will need to progress to your chosen Durham University degree programme.

What will I study?

We provide a range of modules to help prepare you for your specific degree programme. These might include English, Statistics, Philosophy and specialised Academic Practice courses. You can see which specific modules you would be studying for each programme here.

How will my course be structured?

You will study the equivalent of 12 single modules per year (part-time students will study 6 modules per year). A year is divided into 2 teaching blocks which run over 3 terms: Michaelmas (10 teaching weeks), Epiphany (8 teaching weeks), and Easter (3 teaching weeks and a 4 week exam period). Each teaching week will usually contain 18 hours of classes and we expect you to study for an additional 18 hours per week outside class (9 hours of classes and 9 hours of additional study for part-time students).

What kind of students will I meet?

You will meet a wide range of students from all over the world and from all kinds of backgrounds in a friendly environment.

Where will I live?

There are several types of student accommodation available:

  • College Residences - Durham Colleges or Queen's Campus Colleges
  • Head Tenancy - College-managed, shared student houses
  • Lodgings - accommodation within somebody's own home.

Local students will not usually be offered a place in University accommodation.

How much does it cost?

Costs for the Foundation Centre Programmes depend on whether you are an international or a home/EU student. Foundation Centre students follow the same fee structure as all University students.

For the latest information on course fees look at our treasurer's pages.

For more information please complete our Application Enquiry Form.

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