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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK fee

£9,250 per year (2022/23)

International fee

Available on request (2022/23)

Course level


Start date



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

The Foundation Pathways Programme gives you the opportunity to develop your skills if you have been out of education for a while. The course will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects, to then progress on to a number of degrees at the University of Derby.

During this course you'll explore a range of subjects and get back into the swing of studying again.

As well as improving your language and numeracy skills you'll develop your confidence in writing essays and reports, undertaking research, analysing numbers, doing presentations, managing your time and working as part of a team.

Throughout this course you'll be able to use the library, which has a large collection of books and journals, as well as different areas for group work and individual study. There is also plenty of IT equipment for use.

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What you will study

Students will be placed in one of the following pathways dependant on their choice of degree/progression route:


Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus entrance

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How you will learn

You'll be taught through lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

How you will be assessed

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including presentations, reports, essays and case studies.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

For the Computing, Engineering and Science pathways you will need evidence of GCSE A-C (9-4) Maths.

For the Sports pathway, you will need evidence of either GCSE A-C (9-4) English Language or Maths.

For Business, Humanities and Social Science, Psychology or the Law and Criminology pathways we would prefer applicants to hold GCSE A-C (9-4) English Language and Maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. If you do not already hold these qualifications you will be required to take a literacy and numeracy assessment before we can offer you a place to check your suitability for the course.

English language requirements

IELTS: 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in each skills area)

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)


£9,250 per year



Available on request


How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply

UK students

If you're interested in this course you'll need to attend an Information Event.

At the event, you’ll be able to find out everything about the course, find out about fees and finance and get careers advice.

Once you have attended an Information Event you will need to apply via the following ways:

  • Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Apply directly to the University


Once you've successfully completed the Foundation Programme you can choose from many degrees that the University offers.

Contact us

Course access@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 591080

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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† Additional information about your studies

1 year on the foundation programme, and a further 3 years on your chosen degree.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.