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Foundation years

The start you need

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

There are various reasons why you may choose to study at foundation level. The extra year can help you to gain confidence, change direction and explore 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 fully prepared to start a degree, having made new friends and feeling integrated into university life at Bradford.

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 programme that matches your study interests.

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

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.

Clinical Science / 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.

Foundation Year

Suitable for progression onto a broad range of degrees 

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 of a range of subject options that align with degree entry requirements at Bradford.