January 2021

Fast-track first year available for January 2021 intake. Study from January-July, preparing you to successfully progress onto your chosen degree pathway in September 2021.

Undergraduate Degrees (with Foundation Year)

Honours Degree with Foundation Year, January 2021

Key Details

  • 4 Years
  • 48-88 Typical UCAS Tariff
Students using one of the Library Pods

Overview

January 2021 – Fast-Track First Year

Our degrees with foundation years are available in a wide range of subject areas allowing you to fast track your journey into higher education, whilst developing your confidence in degree-level learning. You will enrol in January, and study through to July, preparing you to successfully progress onto your chosen degree pathway in September 2021.

Whether you are looking to develop or change your career path, or you took a break from education after leaving school, or coming straight out of education and want to widen your career opportunities an undergraduate degree with foundation year could be the opportunity waiting for you.

This four-year degree programme, provides an innovative pathway onto your degree and an alternative route for those unable to meet the traditional entry requirements for a three-year degree, and for those looking to build their confidence and academic skills. It will prepare you for your degree studies in a supportive and stimulating learning environment.

You will begin with an exploration of education and society, before moving onto consider identity, being human and the digital world. Over the course of the year, you will build the confidence, skills and experience to prepare you for your chosen degree.

Join us on Thursday 10th December at 7:30pm for “Fast Track Your Foundation Year” a virtual information event where you can find out more about our undergraduate degrees with foundation year, and ask any questions you may have to our Head of Foundation Year. 

 

Why study a Foundation Year?

The Foundation Year is the first year of a four-year degree programme. The Foundation Year provides you with the opportunities to develop the foundations you need to achieve success in your chosen degree. During the year, you will have opportunities to build your skills and confidence in a supportive and stimulating learning environment.

You will explore themes and ideas related to your chosen degree programme in small group discussion. You will build your digital literacy and your written and verbal communication skills. You’ll work collaboratively with your tutors and fellow students as you journey into higher education.

On applying for the Foundation Year, you will apply for one of the named degree pathways listed above. If you change your mind about what you wish to study, however, you can transfer to another of the listed degree programmes subject to any additional entry requirements for the transfer route.

A quote from a Foundation Year Student: 

“The foundation year has helped me in ways I couldn’t imagine. It helped me prepare not only for my degree but also helped in other areas of my life. My confidence has grown so much and I have the foundation year to thank for that. I walked into my degree feeling so much more confident about meeting new people and completing the work. My worry before foundation year was that I wasn’t smart enough for university but the foundation year helped me realise my strengths and my way of learning. The staff and student mentors are amazing. I even recommended a friend to the foundation year who has recently started this academic year, she has said it was the best decision she’s ever made, and I couldn’t agree more.”

What does the course cover?

You will explore a range of topics, beginning with a consideration of your educational experiences and your own approach to learning. Through group discussion, you will consider the purpose and structures of education and explore your approach to formal assessments including academic writing.

You will have opportunities to explore the concepts and themes of your chosen degree subject. The Foundation Year will enable you to develop your abilities to discuss and understand new ideas. It will enable you to enhance your digital literacy skills and foster your ability to reflect on your learning and development.

Drawing on disciplines ranging from psychology and sociology to history and philosophy, your broad study in the Foundation Year incorporates contemporary debates and issues of social justice.

 

Please note the modules offered for January 2021 differ to those offered for September 2021. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a fast track Foundation Year route in January 2021, students will have less time with their specific degree tutor than those who enrol in the September intake. You can be assured that you will receive the same teaching hours and the same high-quality teaching as students on the September-start programme.

How will I be assessed?

The Foundation Year takes an innovative approach to assessment. Over the course of the year, you will be developing your academic writing skills, digital literacy and communication skills through a variety of tasks and informal assignments.

For more information on what assessment looks like on your chosen degree pathway, see the relevant degree page.

Term-Dates for January 2021

Students begin their studies on 11 January, and the semester ends on 16 July.

Students have nine contact hours per week in the following weeks:

11 January – 31 March

(1-18 April: Easter vacation)

19 April – 8 May

(9 May-16 May: week break)

17 May – 16 July

Please note the modules offered for January 2021 differ to those offered for September 2021. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a fast track Foundation Year route in January 2021, students will have less time with their specific degree tutor than those who enrol in the September intake. You can be assured that you will receive the same teaching hours and the same high-quality teaching as students on the September-start programme.

What careers could I consider?

The Foundation Year provides the opportunities for you to reflect on your educational experiences and learning style. You will gain experience and confidence in your digital and communication skills, laying the foundations not only for success in your chosen degree programme but in your future graduate career.

The wide range of career opportunities available to our graduates reflects the range of degree pathways available to you after the completion of the Foundation Year. For more information on the graduate career opportunities in your chosen degree programme, please see the programme pages.

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Join us this January

Don’t wait until September! Start the new-year with a fast-tracked first year at Newman University. Study from January-July, preparing you to sucessfully progress onto your chosen degree pathway in September 2021. 

Find out more at out “Fast Track Your Foundation Year” virtual information event on Thursday 10th December at 7:30pm. 

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Entry Requirements

Students are invited to apply to the Foundation Year based on either their qualifications or work and life experience. Students will ideally require 48 UCAS points*, however those with considerable work and life experience of a complexity that demonstrates an aptitude to study at degree level, but with no formal qualifications, will also be considered for entry.

*Both of our Primary Education with QTS (with Foundation Year) routes will ideally require 88 UCAS Points.

Different degree pathway options available at the end of the Foundation Year have different additional entry requirements. If you require any further information or clarification of entry requirements, please contact our friendly, helpful Admissions department, who will be happy to help.

International Students
Newman University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

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In order to qualify for finance for your fees from Student Finance England, applicants much choose a specific Foundation Year entry route.

There are two ways you can apply, the first option is via UCAS (at a cost of £20 if you apply for one course, or £26 if you apply for multiple course). On UCAS you will need to add Newman’s Institution Code (N36) followed by the relevant UCAS course code listed below.

Additionally you can apply direct to Newman via the links below (this does not incur a charge). You can only do this if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS, and you are not applying to any other universities.

Apply now: Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: B942

Apply now: Criminology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L313

Apply now: Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: W410

Apply now: Early Childhood Education and Care (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: X333

Apply now: English (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: Q310

Apply now: English and Creative Writing (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: Q3W8

Apply now: Forensic Psychology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C817

Apply now: Health and Social Care (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L511

Apply now: History (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: V110

Apply now: Law (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: M101

Apply now: Physical Education and Sport  (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C602

Apply now: Primary Education (3-7) with recommendation for QTS (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: XX32

Apply now: Primary Education (5-11) with recommendation for QTS (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: X323

Apply now: Psychology (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C80F

Apply now: Psychology and Childhood Studies (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C802

Apply now: Psychology and Counselling Studies (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C803

Apply now: Sport Development with Coaching (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: C603

Apply now: Studies in Primary Education (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: 9X74

Apply now: Theology and Philosophy (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: V6V5

Apply now: Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L54F

Apply now: Youth and Community Work (with Foundation Year) UCAS CODE: L53F

Course Fees

Fees for Foundation Year:
Full time UK students: £9,250*

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

 

Fees for the following three years are currently £9,250 per year. Please go to the corresponding 3 year undergraduate degree page for details.

Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees. 

Please visit the corresponding 3 year undergraduate degree for details relating to any additional costs.

 

Additional Information

General Academic Regulations: Terms and Conditions for students attending our courses

Please note the modules offered for January 2021 differ to those offered for September 2021. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a fast track Foundation Year route in January 2021, students will have less time with their specific degree tutor than those who enrol in the September intake. You can be assured that you will receive the same teaching hours and the same high-quality teaching as students on the September-start programme.

Please also note we will only run individual programmes in January subject to there being a suitable number of applicants to ensure the student experience on the programme.

Modules

Please note the modules offered for January 2021 differ to those offered for September 2021. In order to take advantage of the benefits of a fast track Foundation Year route in January 2021, students will have less time with their specific degree tutor than those who enrol in the September intake. You can be assured that you will receive the same teaching hours and the same high-quality teaching as students on the September-start programme.

For details on the modules you may study in the second, third and fourth year of your studies, please see the course page for your chosen degree pathway.

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. Students will explore big ideas around higher education as they develop their academic skills and confidence through the first weeks. This module is designed to facilitate students critical engagement with context and concepts including ideas about childhood, life and old age in a digital world. Students will have the opportunity for the development of core academic skills as well as opportunities to reflect on their progress. The module will include opportunities for students to engage with the online learning environment and develop information literacy skills.
  2. This module, delivered in whole or in part by subject-specific staff, will continue students’ introduction to the content of their chosen degree subject. Students will explore further the disciplinary conventions, core concepts and professional requirements of their degree. The themes under discussion will vary according to the degree the students are studying, but each degree tutor group will enable students to examine the themes and approaches underpinning the chosen area of study. In the tutor group, students will complete a capstone assessment designed and marked by staff in their subject area.
  3. Students will explore big ideas around society and identity as they develop their academic skills and confidence and will be introduced to theory, examples of which include theories exploring race, class and gender. Students will also be introduced to the context and development of these concepts over time, and from literary, social science and philosophic perspectives. The module will explicitly engage with digital literacy and will include opportunities for students to engage with the online learning environment and develop their digital skills.
  4. This module will facilitate students’ exploration of their chosen degree subject. Students will undertake directed research on a topic related to their degree discipline to assist the further understanding of disciplinary conventions, core concepts and professional requirements of their degree. The project focus will vary according to the degree the students are studying, but each degree project will enable students to examine the themes and approaches underpinning the chosen area of study. Across the course of the module, students will develop a project related to their degree subject, drawing on the skills developed and practices in degree tutor group 2

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