Foundation Years

Foundation Years

Our Foundation Year courses offer an introduction to your chosen subject and are an ideal route to higher level qualifications, helping you develop the necessary skills for further study.

You can apply for a Foundation Year course if you have:

  • Studied for level 3 qualifications, such as A levels or a BTEC National Diploma and Certificate qualifications, but may not have achieved the grades necessary to enter the university course of your choice.
  • Studied for a level 3 qualification but have decided to change subject area.

A Foundation Year course is made up of four six-week learning blocks (120 credits). It’s an integral part of a four year degree course.

Progression routes

If you successfully pass a Foundation Year, you will be guaranteed a place on a Honours Degree course at CU Coventry, subject to meeting specific entrance criteria. The progression routes we offer are:

Multiple intakes

We offer multiple intakes throughout the academic year making higher education more accessible to everyone. Courses can be started at the beginning of any block. We typically offer intakes during:

  • September
  • November
  • January
  • February/March
  • April
  • June

For more specific dates please view the academic calendar.


As a full-time or part-time student resident in the UK or EU, you can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees at CU Coventry from Student Finance England

Please note: If you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group you may be liable to pay the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

  • CU Coventry
  • CU Scarborough
  • CU London
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London Campus

How to apply

For all Foundation Years we ask for 40 UCAS Tariff points. All courses require 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English.

Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year all students will achieve a certificate of achievement awarded by CU Coventry.


If you are eligible and interested in studying a top up course on a full-time basis you will need to apply through UCAS and we will then process your application.


If you are interested in studying on a part-time basis or through Saturday University, you will need to complete an online application form. 

Please see the How to Apply section on our website for further information.