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What is a Foundation Year Program?

What is a Foundation Year Program?

The University Foundation Year is a one year program for international students that ensures a student meet the entry requirements for a British University bacehlor’s degree course. Based on the A Level syllabus, the Foundation Year provides a bridge between international high school and study at a UK university. You receive a good grounding in your chosen subjects, as well as study skills and research methods that you will need at university.

Compare to A Level, the Foundation Year course is a shorter course, which is more targeted and focused. Instead of studying three or four areas, Foundation Year allows students to focus on one or two subjects enabling a deeper understanding of these areas of study.

The Foundation Year program usually provides you with guaranteed entry to a undergraduate degree course at one of the partner universities, once you have passed to the required standard. Progression to certain subjects may require you to meet additional requirements or passing interviews (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry).

There are two common type of foundation colleges:

On-Campus: A Foundation College which is attached to one particular university and, usually, is located on campus of that university. Students could live on campus and use university facilities. The main purpose of the foundation college is to prepare students for the attached university.

Independent: A Foundation College which is independent and is not on campus of a particular university.  It usually associates with several partner universities. Students are welcomed to apply to different universities.


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