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Degrees with an integrated foundation stage

​​​​​​What is a degree with an integrated foundation stage?

A degree with an integrated foundation stage starts your degree studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. Alongside an introduction to your chosen subject area, you will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

Nervous about doing a degree?
Missed out on your expected grades?

A degree with an integrated foundation​ stage​ is ideal if you’re returning to education after some time out or haven’t met the entry requirements for your degree course. You’ll get to grips with student life, learn your way around the campus and get to know the people you’ll be studying with during your degree.

It’s a good start for many people whether you have been working for a while or are nervous about beginning higher education. It’s also a great option if you’re applying to study in the UK from a country where your qualifications don’t meet the entry requirements for the honours degree as it will also help you to improve your English language skills alongside your studies, if necessary.

Degree courses with an integrated foundation​ stage​ available at university of Gloucestershire

Which degree courses offer an integrated foundation stage?

We offer an integrated foundation stage on over 50 undergraduate degrees in most subject areas, use our course finder​ and check the ‘entry requirements’ section on the course page to check availability.

What are the entry requirements?

​To be accepted onto a degree with an integrated foundation stage you will need to have the following UCAS points and grades:

48 UCAS points (normal UCAS tariff qualifications for eligibility – A levels/AS Levels/BTECs/Access/IB, etc).

Grade C/4 in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

English Language Requirement
EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent (for full details visit our entry requirements in your country).​

Home students

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International students
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Am I guaranteed progression onto the full degree courses?

​In order to continue your degree studies you will need to achieve marks that average 50% or more for all the modules during the foundation stage (120 credits at level 3) during your foundation year. Your tutor will support you to reach this goal so you can continue with your degree. If English is your second language, you will also need to show evidence of sufficient English language skills. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees vary, as they do for honours degrees, and can be paid for with a student loan. You will be eligible for an additional year of support to cover a repeat year if you need it, for example if you choose to study a three year degree with foundation year and a placement year (5 years total), you would be eligible for financial support for up to six years.

Applying for a ​degree with an integrated foundation stage

You must apply for your chosen degree ‘with foundation’ as you cannot apply for the foundation year on its own. Each degree with an integrated foundation stage will have a separate UCAS course code from the basic degree co​urses, you will see them listed separately on, for example:

You must apply through UCAS in the usual way. Applications should be submitted to UCAS by 15 January, however if this date has passed then it’s not too late to apply; you can also apply through Clearing if you didn’t receive the grades you were expecting, or if you begin your application after the UCAS deadline on 30 June. 

Find out more about applying