Teesside University Foundation Degree

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Teesside University Foundation Degree

Foundation years


Entry for foundation years is based on your ability to succeed. This can be demonstrated through having a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level) or appropriate training through work.

Extended degrees


An extended degree is a four-year programme that includes an integrated foundation year. Entry qualifications can accumulated from:

  • any combination of Level 3 qualifications (A/AS levels, BTEC Certificates/Diplomas, Access for Higher Education courses
  • High School Certificate or Diploma with good grades completed after at least 12 years of primary and secondary education
  • demonstrable evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills acquired from at least three years of relevant post-school work experience
  • at least three GCSEs grade C or above (or equivalent) including English and maths.

International foundation years


At least a High School Leaving Certificate or Diploma. IELTS English language levels differ depending on your point of entry but range from 4.5 – 5.5.

Preparation courses

Foundation degrees – entry for foundation degrees is based on your ability to succeed. This can be shown by having a range of Level 3 qualifications (NVQ 3, BTEC, A level) or training through work. For some foundation degrees you must be in employment relevant to your course.

Access courses – we welcome applications if you’re on an Access course recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency. For some courses, including most in Health & Social Care, you need numeracy and literacy skills equivalent to GCSE grade C level.

Summer University – a course at our summer university can be a stepping stone to a degree course.

Age requirements


Some courses leading to a registerable qualification have an age requirement. The statutory bodies specify a minimum age as an entry requirement or to register with them at the end of the course.

Mature students


We welcome applications from mature students without conventional entry requirements. We’ll take into account any alternative qualifications or other experience you may have.