Foundation Degrees with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry

Our ‘Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry’ courses are approved by the University of Central Lancashire and are designed for those who want to study for a foundation degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start just yet.

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Why choose a Foundation Degree with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry?

They are an ideal option if:

  • You’re struggling to get the grades you need to enter the foundation degree course
  • Your chosen subjects at BTEC or A-level aren’t appropriate for the foundation degree you want to do
  • You’ve been out of education for a while and want a bit more time to settle in and build up your knowledge of a subject.

Taking the Integrated Foundation Entry route means you will get that additional year of tuition (two years if studying part time) and more time to prepare for study at foundation degree level.


Our Foundation Degrees with Optional Integrated Foundation Entry include:

Courses approved by

  • University of Central Lancashire

It should be noted that all courses are subject to periodic review, usually every five years, by the awarding partner organisations. Any potential planned changes made to course content following such reviews shall be communicated on the University Centre website and in writing to individual students / applicants.

Please note: The foundation entry element of all of our design-related foundation degrees is generic so may be delivered in classes made up of students from any of the design-related programmes.

Frequently Asked Questions

The additional 'Foundation Entry' year* will give you the skills and confidence to succeed at foundation degree level, whilst enjoying a full University experience from day one. You will receive extra support to help with your transition to University life and the foundation entry modules are intended to ensure you are successful as you progress to the later stages of the foundation degree.

*Applies to those studying full time. If you choose to study part time, the programme will take longer to complete.

'Foundation Entry' usually adds a year on to your foundation degree (two years if studying part time). This means it will take you three years in total to achieve your foundation degree if studying full time (or up to five years if you choose to study part time). Studying full time often only means attending university for up to three days per week.

As with all Higher Education qualifications, you don’t need to pay your tuition fees up front. Tuition Fee Loans are available to many students through Student Finance England. The amount you pay back is dependent on how much you earn and not how much you owe. Student Loans may also help to support your living costs. For more information, visit

When you graduate from your foundation degree, your certificate will not mention 'Foundation Entry'. It will simply say you have achieved a foundation degree. It will be, therefore, up to you if you wish to tell your future employer. Your grade transcript will, however, include your 'Foundation Entry' year. The extra year of study means you will be more likely to be better prepared and, therefore, more successful in your foundation degree.