Foundation Year Courses

Foundation Year Courses

Foundation year courses offer an introductory route to your chosen degree subject, as well as the opportunity to gain the higher education skills required for degree-level study.

You can apply for a foundation year 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.

If you successfully complete a foundation year with us, you will be guaranteed a place on a CU Coventry degree course. Alternatively, you could progress onto a degree course at CU Coventry, CU London, Coventry University or another institution, subject to meeting their entry requirements.

2022/23 courses

Start a course between September 2022 and July 2023.

2023/24 courses

Start a course between September 2023 and July 2024.

Multiple intakes

At CU Coventry, we offer multiple intakes throughout the academic year. This means you are able to start your course when it’s most appropriate for you. Typically, Foundation Year courses are available to start in:

  • September
  • October
  • January
  • March
  • May
  • July

For more specific start dates please view the academic calendar.

Learning model

CU Coventry offers a range of exciting courses taught in a unique way, tailored to the needs of our learners. You will receive 18 hours of teaching each week alongside a 2-hour tutorial. You’ll attend morning or afternoon sessions every weekday, Monday - Friday. Classes will be in groups of approximately 15-30 students and taught by academics and leading professionals.

Studying on a full-time basis requires you to study 4 blocks per year. Students only study one module per block over the course of 6 weeks. During the block, students will be required to complete 2 or 3 assignments, meaning there are no end-of-year exams.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for a foundation year course, students must be aged 18 and over.

We also typically require:

  • 40 UCAS Tariff points
  • 5 GCSEs at A-C including Maths and English
  • At least one A2 level or a BTEC equivalent qualification

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


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: Student Finance England do not fund one year stand-alone courses. Therefore, if you wish to continue your studies outside of the Coventry University Group, you may be liable for the tuition fees for this course. The Coventry University Group consists of:

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


If you’re looking to apply for a Foundation Year on a full-time basis, you’ll need to apply through UCAS and we will then process your application.


If you are interested in studying on a part-time basis (see our part-time page to see which Foundation Years are available to study part-time), you will need to complete an online application form. 

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