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The Foundation Centre

The Foundation Year

What is the foundation year?

There are many types of foundation year. In the case of Durham University, 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 fifteen colleges open to undergraduate students.

Which degree programmes are available with a foundation year?

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.

What is studied in the foundation year?

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 subject. Details of the foundation year modules included within each programme can be found here.

What is the cost of the foundation year?

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, please first visit our eligibility page and then if you think you may be eligible, our how to apply page.