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Foundation Year in the United Kingdom

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Study Foundation Year in the UK

If you are considering studying an undergraduate degree in the UK but received lower grades in high school or are unsure about the degree course to choose at the university, a foundation year is the next step.

Many UK universities offer foundation years to prepare students for entry into the first year of an undergraduate degree course. These foundation pathway programs aim to enhance English language skills and improve academic grades to guarantee admission to a 3-year Bachelor’s degree in the UK .

Typically, the foundation year takes 9 months to complete, but some pathway providers also offer a shorter duration of 6 months.

Entry requirements for foundation year

The entry requirements for a foundation year depend on the university and subject students choose.

Student is 17 years old or over.

Have at least 5 O-Levels/IGCSE or high school.

English proficiency proof (IELTS or PTE scores)

Write a good personal statement

Study gap of no more than 2 years

Foundation providers in the UK

Below, you will find a list of foundation providers in the UK and their partner UK universities, providing guaranteed progression** to an undergraduate degrees.

Progression to Oncampus partner universities:

Aston University*

University of Hull*

London South Bank University*

University of Reading*

University of Sunderland

Loughborough University*

Queen’s Mary University London*

University of Central Lancashire UCLAN*

Progression to Study Group partner universities:

University of Aberdeen*

Cardiff University*

Durhum University*

University of Huddersfiled

Kingston University London*

University of Leeds*

Leeds Beckett University*

Liverpool John Moores University

University of Sheffield*

University of Strathclyde

University of Surrey*

University of Sussex*

Teesside University*

Every year, thousands of students progress to a top UK universities after successfully completing their INTO foundation program. 

The University of Manchester*

City, University of London*

Newcastle University*

University of Exeter*

Queen’s University Belfast*

University of East Anglia*

Manchester Metropolitan University*

Lancaster University*

University of Stirling*

Progression to Kaplan partner universities:

Bournemouth University*

City, University of London*

Nottingham Trent University*

Queens Mary University London*

University of Birmingham*

University of Brighton*

University of Bristol*

University of Essex*

University of Glasgow*

University of Liverpool*

University of Nottingham*

University of Westminister*

University of York*

UWE Bristol*

Progression to OIEG partner universities:

Edinburgh Napier University*

University of Kent*

University of Bradford

University of Greenwich*

University of Dundee

Bangor University*

De Montfort University

Progression to QA Higher partner universities:

Ulster University*

North Umbria University New Castle*

University of Roehampton London*

Middlesex University London*

Solent University

London Metropolitan University

University of South Wales

Progression to Malvern partner universities:

University of East London*

University of Chichester

Tuition Fee for foundation year

The cost of a foundation year varies depending on the foundation course you plan to study:

Foundation in Business and Humanities : £14,000 to  £17,000

Foundation in Engineering and Life Sciences:  £15,000 to £19,000

Foundation in Medicine: £17,000 to £22,000

Foundation Year course details

Start dates: September, November, January, and May
Weekly tuition: up to 25 hours per week
Duration: 1-term (3 months), 2-terms (6 months), 3-terms (9 months), 4-terms (12 months)
English requirements: Minimum 4.5 overall (However, most universities require 5.0 overall with 5.0 in each section)

Part-time working: Student is allowed to work up to 10 hours per week on single CAS.

The foundation duration depends on your academic grades and PTE and IELTS scores

Do not exceed the maximum weekly part-time working hours mentioned on your Tier 4 student visa.

Cost of living in the UK

Living costs in the UK varies across England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. On average, international students in the UK spend somewhere between £10,500 to  £12,500 per year. However, actual living expenses may vary depending on student’s personal spending habits.

Living costs in London are significantly higher than in other cities that also provide exciting opportunities to students, such as Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Leeds. However, it is worth noting that there are affordable areas in London as well where student can live within budget.

Click here to learn about an average expense of student in the UK, including food costs, housing, and other goods and services.

Working in the UK

Working part-time can help manage your living expenses and part of your tuition fee

Ready to apply for a foundation year?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students enrolled in full-time degree programs can work up to 20 hours in their university term time per week and full-time during their vacation period. After degree completion, international students may be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa, such as the Graduate Route. Whereas students enrolled in part-time courses are not eligible to do any paid or unpaid work in the UK.

After graduating from the UK, you will get 2 to 3 years of poststudy work visa and be eligible to work anywhere in the UK. After successfully securing a job in your desired field, you can extend your work visa and excel in your career.

There are different scholarships available for international students which can cover their tuition fees. However, getting free education at the beginning of your education journey in the UK can be challenging.

Studying in the UK after completing your 12th grade through a pathway program is a great option for Kuwaiti students. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to pursue higher education in the UK after completing your secondary education:

  • Research and Choose a Pathway Program
  • Select Your Course and University
  • Check Eligibility Criteria/Entry Requirements
  • Apply for the Pathway Program
  • Get a Conditional Offer and Visa Application
  • Apply for Your University Degree

By following these steps, you can transition from completing your 12th grade to studying your preferred course at a UK university through a pathway program.

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