Degrees with foundation years

What is a foundation year?

A foundation year forms part of a four-year degree and provides the understanding and basis needed to embark on the full degree, for those that have had a break in study, have qualifications other than A levels for consideration or did not get the grades they hoped for in their A levels.

We have been running foundation programmes for over 25 years with an outstanding record for retention and success. 

We invite applications from those that have a break in study, or have qualifications other than A levels for consideration.

Why choose a four-year degree with a foundation year?

Foundation year courses at the University of Plymouth offer students from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets an avenue into a wide variety of degrees that have traditionally been out of reach.

In our experience, the additional foundation year gives students the opportunity to grow academically and personally in a university environment. This allows students more time to reinforce and complement existing understanding and perform to their full potential over the course of the four-year degree.

Explore your course options

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Placing an emphasis on developing understanding and logical thought, explore our science and engineering courses with a foundation year
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Gain confidence and enrich your love of learning by studying English, creative writing, or history foundation-year courses

Looking for foundation level entry to Business courses?

The following foundation level courses are currently being updated for a 2019/20 start:

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Business Management (2 year fast track and 3 year course) with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Economics with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Events Management with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Logistics with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Maritime Business and Maritime Law with Foundation Year
  • BSc (Hons) Tourism and Hospitality Management with Foundation Year

Look out for further details here and on our UCAS pages.

If you are interested in hearing more about these developments, let us know at and we'll keep you up to date.

“The best part of the course for me was the confidence it gave me. I wasn't sure getting into university was something I'd be able to do. It's an immense sense of achievement.”

Harry talks about the foundation year and how it prepared him for a degree in robotics, engineering or mathematics.