15 weeks from 4 January until 29 April. 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.
12 weeks from 24 January to 29 April. 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.
9 weeks from 16 May – 15 July. 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.
9 weeks from 16 May – 15 July. 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 (FOY004).
Tuesday 6th December 6pm – 8pm
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The foundation year offers an innovative new pathway into your degree. It is the first part of a four-year degree programme. It provides 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.
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.
You will begin with an exploration of education and society, before moving onto consider including identity, being human and the digital world. Over the course of the year, you will build the skills and experience to prepare you for your chosen degree.
The following courses are offered with a Foundation Year:
*Please note that the modules offered for the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance with Foundation Year and BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year routes will differ from the modules offered for our other Foundation Year routes, please visit the individual subject pages.
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.”
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 that the modules offered for the BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year route will differ from the modules offered for our other Foundation Year routes, specific module information can be found on both of the specific Foundation Year pages.
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.
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 vast 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.
Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.
Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.
Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).
Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!
Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!
Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?
Want to find out more about Birmingham? Then take a look at some Birmingham City Secrets.
January 2023 - Information sessions
If you are starting the Foundation Year in January 2023, there are a series of information events you can book.
On campus Q&A with campus tour included:
Monday 28th November – 12pm – 1pm
Monday 12th December – 1pm – 2pm
Thursday 8th December – 7pm – 8pm
Booking is essential
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.
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.
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.
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: Accounting and Finance (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Applied Writing (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Business Management (with Foundation Year) U
Apply now: Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Counselling Studies and Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Criminology (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Drama, Theatre and Applied Performance (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Early Childhood Education and Care (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: English (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Health and Social Care (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: History (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Law (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Primary Education (3-11) with recommendation for QTS (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Psychology (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Psychology and Counselling Studies (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Sport Coaching (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Sport and Exercise Science (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Studies in Primary Education (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Theology and Philosophy (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Working with Children, Young People and Families (with Foundation Year)
Apply now: Youth and Community Work (with Foundation Year)
If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form
Please note that the course fee for start dates of Sept 2022, Jan 2023 and Sept 2023 is £9,250 per 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, 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.
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.
In order to qualify for finance for your fees from Student Finance England, applicants much choose a specific Foundation Year entry route. You will apply for a specific course via UCAS. On achieving a place with us, you will take the Foundation Year. On successful completion will move onto your chosen 3-year undergraduate degree programme.