Durham University’s Foundation Programme has been delivering high quality academic preparation for undergraduate study at Durham University since 1992. It provides entry to a wide range of degree subjects for learners from under-represented groups in higher education, who need a year 0 course in order to be prepared for undergraduate studies.
Foundation Programme courses are fully integrated elements of Durham University degree programmes and students are full members of the university. This means they become members of a college and enjoy full access to the extensive extracurricular opportunities within the university right from day one.
Students who successfully reach the progression standard by the end of the foundation year automatically gain entry to year one of their registered degree course without the need for a further UCAS application.
The majority of our students are from non-traditional university backgrounds. Many are from the Northeast of England, though all regions of the UK are usually represented. Foundation Programme staff are experts at teaching foundation level courses and are engaged in a wide range of scholarship activities, adding to the body of knowledge within their respective discipline areas and in the field of learning and teaching.
There are many types of foundation year. At Durham, the foundation year is a 'year 0' element of an undergraduate degree programme that is designed for students from under-represented groups in higher education, who have the potential to achieve the standard for admission to Durham, but who, as a result of educational disadvantage or disruption, do not have the level of attainment or access to qualifications required for entry to a Durham University course.
All Foundation Programmes are delivered by a dedicated team of academic tutors from Durham’s Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). Each year the Programmes provide places for around 100 students and supports them to progress to Level 1 study in over 37 academic subjects from every academic department in the University. Foundation students matriculate fully into the university, including becoming a member of one of the 16 colleges open to undergraduate students.
Many degree programmes are available 'with foundation'. Discover if the subject you wish to study has a foundation year by searching the University’s course database. This will enable you to see if your chosen degree subject is available with a foundation year. You can also use the University’s course database to find out more about the course content, the entry requirements, and other relevant information about our courses. The list of programmes with Foundation is available below.
BA Accounting and Finance with Foundation
BA Accounting and Management with Foundation
BSc Anthropology with Foundation
BA Anthropology with Foundation
BSc Archaeology with Foundation
BA Archaeology with Foundation
BSc Biological Sciences with Foundation
BA Business and Management with Foundation
BA Chinese Studies (with Year Abroad) with Foundation
BA Classics with Foundation
BA Combined Honours in Social Sciences with Foundation
BSc Computer Science with Foundation
BA Criminology with Foundation
BA Economics with Foundation
BA Education Studies with Foundation
BA English with Foundation
BSc Finance with Foundation
BSc General Engineering with Foundation (from 2023 entry)
BA Geography with Foundation
BSc Geography with Foundation
BSc Geology with Foundation
BSc Health and Human Sciences with Foundation
BA History with Foundation
BA Japanese Studies (with Year Abroad) with Foundation
LLB Law with Foundation
BA Liberal Arts with Foundation
BA Marketing and Management with Foundation
BA Music with Foundation
BA Philosophy with Foundation
BA Politics with Foundation
BA Primary Education with Foundation
BSc Psychological and Behavioural Science with Foundation
BSc Psychology with Foundation
BA Sociology with Foundation
BA Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity with Foundation
BA Theology and Religion Foundation
Each of the available degree programmes has a defined foundation year. Students study modules that add up to 120 'credits', learning both core general academic skills and subject-specific content that will enable them to enter and thrive in year one of their degree subjects. You can find more about foundation programme modules here.
The fees for a foundation year are the same as years one to three of undergraduate study. Details of the fees and any funding you may be entitled to can be found here.
If you think the foundation year may be for you and if you think you may be eligible, please see our how to apply page.