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Find about how to study for a degree without traditional qualifications

(12 January 2005)

It’s never too late to think about going to University and embarking on a degree course. That’s the message to anyone who thinks that lack of traditional entry qualifications is a barrier to a University education.

The Foundation Programme provided by the University of Durham at Queen’s Campus, Stockton, is specifically designed to provide a gateway to a wide range degrees for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The Foundation Programme is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course which offers direct progression to many degree courses. Students register for a four year degree programme with the Foundation counting as year zero, and are therefore eligible for full student status. Although the majority of Foundation students tend to be local and mature, an increasing number of national and international students are now enrolling. A number of optional Science and Human/Social Science modules are interwoven around a core based on Maths/English, study skills and IT. Successful completion offers direct progression to the following degrees at Queen's Campus:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Business Finance
  • Health & Human Sciences
In addition, the Foundation Programme is a possible route into teaching and medicine, and past students have also moved on to a number of other degrees based at both Durham and Queen's Campus. The Foundation Programme is also a suitable route for international students whose national qualifications do not meet University of Durham matriculation requirements. It can be combined with a pre-sessional English course which will prepare for studying at an English university. The University is holding regular information sessions at Queen’s Campus, Stockton, on the third Tuesday of each month in the Holliday Building between 1-2 pm and 5-7pm. Staff will also available for a chat at the Stockton Learning Shop, High Street, Stockton, between 12-2pm on the second and third Thursday of each month. To find out more about the University of Durham’s Foundation Programme contact : Tracy on 0191 3340163, Zoe on 0191 3340172 or Carole on 0191 3340168. Media enquiries to : Tom Fennelly, Public Relations Office, University of Durham Tel 0191 334 6078 or e-mail : t.p.fennelly@durham.ac.uk

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