Foundation year

Social work students with academic

Are you a mature student pursuing a nursing degree or registration to practice? Perhaps you're a healthcare worker seeking to join a practice and upskill to a nursing role?

If so, one of our Foundation year degrees may be an ideal way to develop new skills around your schedule and existing commitments 

The University also provides options for students to take a foundation year, for mature students (anyone over 21), from non traditional backgrounds to return to study and wishing to progress to a range of degrees including Adult, Child and Mental health nursing, Midwifery and Social work. These create an extended four year degree course for those who don’t currently meet the admissions criteria for direct entry (subject to meeting our additional entry criteria) and run from September each year.

We offer two types of foundations degrees: 

  • The one year part-time Interdisciplinary Studies with Preparation for Higher Education BA, which is designed for mature students with busy lives, runs on two evenings a week and one Saturday every four weeks, so you can study and balance your other commitments.
  • The one year full-time Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year BSc provides a supportive environment where you can make the transition to university study and gain the academic knowledge and study skills you’ll need to succeed. You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of the facts, concepts and principles in mathematics, chemistry and either biology, physics or geological sciences.

On successful completion of the foundation year, and subject to meeting the requirements of your progression, you’ll continue to year one of your chosen nursing, midwifery or social work degree.