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The four year degree is designed to ease you into university life, to help you to reach your full academic potential and work towards that chosen career. Your Integrated Foundation Year will develop your academic skills and give you an introduction into your chosen subject before you embark on the rest of your degree. You will become familiar with academic procedures and what is expected of you, and gain access to the range of support services available to you as and when needed. All of this will enable you to successfully progress onto your level 4 studies feeling confident and ready for what lies ahead.

What our students say

“I feel very confident; I think the academic skills that I’ve learnt this year will put me in good stead for next year – essay writing, organisation and experiencing life on campus will give me a leg-up.”

“I have a good base to build on and extend my knowledge. This has been a positive year for me, highlighting my strengths and weaknesses.”

“I’ve been out of education for four years, with the foundation year it’s been really good for me. I’ve got back into it instead of being thrown into the deep end”.

Skills Development, Library and Learning

We have lots of ways to help you succeed in your academic journey, these include:

Our great library service includes ebooks, journals and a wide range of online resources in addition to traditional books. We have a library at each campus and expert staff who can help you with any queries. 


The careers team is here to help you plan for your future. They can also help you to find part time work whilst you are studying at univesity.

Health and Wellbeing

The university has a wide range of health and wellbeing support, including Togetherall which is a completely free, completely anonymous online community-driven support service.

Additional 1:1 support

As an Integrated Foundation Year student* you will have additional 1:1 support from a student development officer who will be there to support your transition onto your chosen degree pathway. They can offer support on any worries you might have whilst on your foundation year. This could include academic support, signposting to specific learning difficulty (SPLD) support, money advice or financial support, overcoming homesickness or settling in. Whatever your concern, you will have access to a wide range of support services at the university.

We will be with you every step of the way, work closely with you, your personal and course tutors, to ensure you make the most of your foundation year and move onto level four study sucessfully and with confidence.

You can contact our student development officer by emailing 

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