Students will explore big ideas around higher education, society and identity as they develop their academic skills and confidence. Students will be introduced to theory, examples of which include education theories, theories of learning, race theory, gender theory. Students will be introduced to the context and development of these concepts over time, and from literary 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.
This module, delivered in whole or in part by subject-specific staff, will introduce students to the content and staff of their chosen degree subject. Students will explore 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 gain familiarity with their chosen area of study and subject staff. In the tutor group, students will complete a capstone assessment designed and marked by staff in their subject area.
This module is designed to facilitate students’ further critical engagement with the context and concepts to which they were introduced in semester one. Students will exploring ideas about childhood, life and old age in a digital world and have the opportunity for the continued development of core academic skills as well as providing opportunities for students to reflect on their progress. The module will include opportunities for students to engage with the online learning environment and develop information literacy skills.
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 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. This capstone assessment will draw on the skills developed and practices in the core modules.
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Are you looking for a new direction in your life and career?
The Foundation Year can provide you with a path into a whole range of degree programmes.
It’s not a stand-alone year. It’s the integrated first year of a four year degree programme. It’s the first step in your university career.
It is designed for students who do not have the qualifications or experience for direct entry onto a three-year undergraduate programme.
If you’re thinking about returning to education after a break or if you’ve had some tough times in education before, the Foundation Year can help you to build your confidence and academic skills. It will prepare you for your degree studies in a supportive and stimulating learning environment.
Not sure which course is right for you? Book a free consultation with a member of the academic team.
The following courses are offered with a Foundation Year:
Birmingham Newman’s Foundation Year will provide you with opportunities to:
- Develop confidence in your skills and abilities
- Gain an understanding of what is needed to be a successful undergraduate student
- Acquire knowledge of your academic discipline
Hear from a student on their foundation year:
“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.”
You will begin with an exploration of education and society. You will consider your own approaches to learning, while developing your confidence and academic potential. Through group discussion, you will consider the cause and consequences of inequality as you develop your academic writing skills. You will also have the opportunity to explore a range of digital and AI tools as you debate what it means to be human in a digital world.
Across the foundation year, you will spend time developing your understanding of the core concepts of your chosen academic discipline. You will have opportunities to develop your abilities to research, discuss and debate new ideas, as well as enhance your digital skills and foster an ability to reflect on your learning.
100% coursework! There are no exams during the foundation year. Instead, you’ll work on developing the skills you’ll need to succeed in the rest of your degree, including academic writing, digital literacy and communication.
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.
Birmingham 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 Birmingham 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.
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.
Primary Education (3-11) with recommendation for QTS (with Foundation Year) – Apply for September 2024
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 date Sept 2024 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.
The Foundation Year publishes a staff-student magazine “FYI”, showcasing the work of our foundation year students and spotlighting the successes of our current and graduated students. Explore the magazine here.