Keele University Foundation Year

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Foundation Year at Keele University

Whether you have non-traditional qualifications, want to change your subjects, have had a break from education and wish to return or want a change of career – the foundation years at Keele provide an opportunity for those with diverse backgrounds to access an honours degree.

The programme is an excellent introduction to study at university; most students who complete the foundation year have ultimately obtained a first class or upper second class honours degree. All of the teaching is delivered on the Keele campus by highly qualified academic and professional staff, complemented by an experienced student support team.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory classes, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and you will make use of state-of-the-art undergraduate teaching facilities and apparatus. Assessment is through a wide range of coursework, including independent and group research projects, workbooks, essays and presentations, together with examinations which are held at the end of both semesters.

In addition to the University’s support network, you will have a personal tutor whom you see on a weekly basis in small group tutorials.

General foundation year

The General Foundation Year is a stand-alone course which can be studied full-time over one year, part-time over two years or as bite-size packages. The programme comprises a mixture of subject-based study and generic academic development, individually tailored to your aspirations and interests.  The choice of modules is made in consultation with the Foundation Year Centre Manager.

The independent nature of the General Foundation Year provides those wishing to continue in higher education with the freedom to apply to a university of your choice on completion.  Throughout the year support is available in making UCAS applications to courses at Keele (with the exceptions of Medicine, Physiotherapy and Social Work) and other universities (except for Medicine or Physiotherapy).  At the end of the course successful students will receive a Certificate in Foundation Year Studies, which has been accepted by many universities for entry onto honours degrees.