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The Foundation Centre

Foundation Year Courses

What is a Foundation Year Course, or Degree with Foundation Year at Durham?

A Degree with Foundation Year, or Foundation Year Course at Durham University is a fully integrated degree course counting as Year 0 of an undergraduate degree programme. Students sign up for a full undergraduate degree course, which has an additional preparation year (Foundation Year). This route is open to UK and EU 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 subjects are available?

We offer degree courses with Foundation Years for all departments in Durham University. You can search for degree with foundation routes here. Remember to search for the academic subject with foundation (e.g. "Biology with Foundation") and that you are looking at the correct year for your entry.

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?

In your Foundation Year you will study the equivalent of 120 credits, which are divided into modules of between 10 and 30 credits. An academic 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 contain up to 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
  • 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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