Foundation study

If your heart is set on undergraduate study but you need additional support or qualifications to get there, then a Foundation Year with Coventry University could be the stepping stone you need to reach your goals.

What is a Foundation Year?

A Foundation Year provides an entry route into degree-level study. It is suitable if you have studied for Level 3 qualifications such as A levels and want to change subject area. It is also suitable if you did not achieve the grades necessary to start the university degree of your choice.

Additionally, we offer an International Foundation Year programme for international students who don’t yet meet the requirements for direct entry to an undergraduate degree.

What are the benefits?

  • Builds the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to start a degree course
  • Prepares you to move seamlessly into the first year of university
  • Offers a guaranteed place on a CU Coventry degree course upon successful completion

Read more about the benefits of studying a Foundation Year course as shared by two course directors.

Foundation Year courses

Foundation Year courses are taught across the Coventry University group. You can choose to study in Coventry, London or Scarborough.

  CU Coventry CU London CU Scarborough Coventry University
Access to Nursing    
Accounting and Finance    
Applied Biosciences    
Digital Technologies      
Economics and Finance      
Health and Social Care    
Health, Education and Wellbeing      
Law and Practice    
Nursing Associate Foundation Degree
(two years)
Nursing and Allied Health Professions  
Sport Performance and Coaching      
Art, Design and Media Foundation Diploma      

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements are specific to each of our foundation-level subjects. Search for the course you're interested in and then look at the entry requirement information. We also consider the relevant qualifications and experience you already have when deciding on your application.

Science has been my thing since I was 5. At GCSEs, I didn't get the greatest scores for sciences. I was good at it, but I just didn't like exams! I chose CU Coventry because I love the way that they structure their modules. You do one module, you do the test for the module, and then that's the end and you move on.

Cindy Agbonwaneten, Applied Biosciences, 2021
Cindy Agbonwaneten

When I left school I went to college to do health and social care, didn’t like it, and dropped out. I came to an Open Day for CU Coventry and I liked the course and the tutors. The Foundation Year really opened me to Public Health; before the course I was looking at nursing and health and social care, but the foundation really helped me decide.

Imogen Rowe, Public Health and Community Studies, 2021
Imogen Rowe

Study at your preferred location

No end-of-year exams

Alternative route to a degree

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