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How and when to study

Do you run a Foundation Degree award?

Yes, a degree with foundation year gives you a direct, accessible route to your desired higher education path. It's a four-year undergraduate course that includes an additional year of study at the start. This foundation year is designed to give you the necessary knowledge and skills to progress onto degree-level study.

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How can I get further information on the course that I am interested in studying?

To find out more about our courses, please visit our courses page.

If you have a specific query, please contact us directly and we will be happy to help. Email us at or telephone +44 (0) 24 7765 8787.

What level of flexibility does CU Coventry offer for study options?

All of our teaching has been designed to be available either fully face-to-face, on campus if you are studying full-time, or to be a mix of face-to-face classes and online delivery if you are studying part-time.

We teach in 6-week blocks and offer 6 of these each calendar year.
You will be given the chance to choose the pattern of study that best fits your needs, numbers permitting.

You will be given the chance to choose the pattern of study that best fits your needs, numbers permitted. All we ask is that, once you have signed up, you stay with that timetable for the whole 6-week block. If a six week block has been committed to and paid for, no refund will be available if you do not complete the full six week learning block.

How do I apply to study one of your courses?

If you are applying for a full-time course, you will need to apply via UCAS. Please visit our courses page which will link you straight to the relevant UCAS page. You will need to make sure that you have the institution code (C85) and the campus code (5) ready when applying.

If you are interested in applying as a part-time student you will find an application form on our website and this will allow you to apply to us direct.

Can you please explain what your ‘6 week blocks’ means?

Each of our learning blocks will require the equivalent of 300 hours of your time. Normally 120 of these will be in class (or a mixture of in class and online) and the rest is in study that you will be guided to do outside of the classroom.

Full time students will be provided with up to 18 hours of face to face teaching with two hours per week allocated for tutorials. Part time students will have 8 hours per week in class (either 2 evenings per week or all day Saturday) with up to 12 hours per week on-line study.

We will teach in 6-week blocks; 4 blocks will lead to a Foundation Year (120 credits) or an HNC (120 credits at level 4). 8 blocks will lead to an HND (240 credits at levels 4 and 5). 12 blocks will lead to an Honours Degree (360 credits at levels 4, 5 and 6). This means that you will be able to pace your progress.

Is CU Coventry for people living in the Coventry area only?

No, not at all. We offer a flexible way of studying to enable students to study whilst working but we do also offer full-time study for those students who may not have the same time restrictions.

If you do not live locally, please do bear in mind that if you study in full-time mode the normal teaching block will mean that you get 18 hours of teaching in groups of between 25 and 50, each week. There will be either morning sessions (9.00am - 1.00pm) or afternoon sessions (2pm - 6pm) depending on the course you have chosen. You will also get 2 one-hour tutorials each week in a group of 5.

CU Coventry reserves places in local student accommodation for our students. Places are limited so we would advise booking early. Visit our accommodation page for further details. 

Do you offer courses in distance learning only?

Most of our courses have been designed to be available either fully face-to-face, or on campus if you are studying full-time, or to be a mix of face-to-face classes and online delivery if you are studying part-time.

How long does it take to complete a part-time course?

This would depend on what qualification you are studying towards. A part-time student can complete a degree programme at CU Coventry in 3 years.

Part-time students are only allowed to study up to 120 academic credits in any one academic year which equates to four 6 week learning blocks.

  • Foundation Year and HNC is 4 learning blocks
  • HND is 8 learning blocks
  • Degree is 12 learning blocks

The duration of our professional courses vary depending on the intensity and level of your chosen course e.g. award, certificate or diploma.

What’s the difference between a Foundation Year and Foundation Degree?

A Foundation degree (FdA or FdSc) is a standalone qualification equivalent to 2 years of an honours degree. It usually takes 2 years to complete full-time.

CU Coventry does not offer any foundation degree programmes but we can offer the final year top up degree.

A Foundation Year is a progression route to the degree course to which it is linked and designed for those with Level 3 qualifications who do not meet our degree entry requirements or for those who want to switch careers or subject areas.

Is the course I want to apply for full?

At present there are places still available on all of our full and part time courses.

When and how will I get my application decision?

If you are UCAS application you will receive notification of your offer via UCAS Track – you can log in at any point and view your applications and offers. If you are a part-time applicant, you will receive notification of your application via email, please allow up to 7 working days from your application to hear from CU Coventry.

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