Foundation years

Starting university at foundation level will give you the high-quality knowledge base needed to progress onto an undergraduate course.

There are lots of different reasons you may choose to spend your first year at university studying at foundation level. The extra year can be beneficial for those wishing to gain confidence, change direction and learn a new subject, experience studying at a higher level, and follow a straight-forward path to undergraduate study. It will also benefit students who do not hold the qualifications required for a certain degree.

You will complete the year feeling ready to start a degree, having met new friends and integrated into university life at Bradford.

I was offered a place on the Foundation Year, which was a good taster of what university life would be like. It's a fantastic entry route. Successful completion guaranteed me a place on the BSc (Hons) Psychology course. Leanne Hunt, Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management

Get degree-ready

At Bradford there are three foundation courses to choose from.

You'll be able to progress onto any of our degrees by successfully completing the foundation that matches your study interests.

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Engineering Foundation Year

Suitable for progression onto engineering degrees

With a focus on maths and science skills, this course opens the doors to a wide range of engineering subjects – chemical, civil and structural, mechanical, and biomedical.

Student in Life Sciences.

Clinical Sciences / Medicine Foundation Year

Suitable for progression onto BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences 

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to study a clinical sciences degree, or progress to study medicine. 

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Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management

Suitable for progression onto most degrees

This course does much more than the title would suggest. It is ideal for those interested in science, health and allied professions, computing, creative industries, business, law and social sciences.

International students

We understand that international students may need a little extra help to adjust to university life in the UK.

The Certificate of International Foundation Studies is a pre-degree access programme that can help you transition to studying in the UK and, once successfully completed, progress onto undergraduate study.

The one-year course will help you not only develop your English language skills, but also your knowledge in a range of subject options that align with degree entry requirements at Bradford.

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