Durham University’s Foundation Programme has been delivering high quality academic preparation for undergraduate study at Durham University since 1992. It provides entry to a wide range of degree subjects for learners from under-represented groups in higher education, who need a year 0 course in order to be prepared for undergraduate studies.
Foundation Programme courses are fully integrated elements of Durham University degree programmes and students are full members of the university. This means they become members of a college and enjoy full access to the extensive extracurricular opportunities within the university right from day one.
Students who successfully reach the progression standard by the end of the foundation year automatically gain entry to year one of their registered degree course without the need for a further UCAS application.
The majority of our students are from non-traditional university backgrounds. Many are from the Northeast of England, though all regions of the UK are usually represented. Foundation Programme staff are experts at teaching foundation level courses and are engaged in a wide range of scholarship activities, adding to the body of knowledge within their respective discipline areas and in the field of learning and teaching.
There are many types of foundation year. At Durham, the foundation year is a 'year 0' element of an undergraduate degree programme that is designed for students from under-represented groups in higher education, who have the potential to achieve the standard for admission to Durham, but who, as a result of educational disadvantage or disruption, do not have the level of attainment or access to qualifications required for entry to a Durham University course.
All Foundation Programmes are delivered by a dedicated team of academic tutors from Durham’s Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). Each year the Programmes provide places for around 100 students and supports them to progress to Level 1 study in over 37 academic subjects from every academic department in the University. Foundation students matriculate fully into the university, including becoming a member of one of the 16 colleges open to undergraduate students.
Many degree programmes are available 'with foundation'. Discover if the subject you wish to study has a foundation year by searching the University’s course database. This will enable you to see if your chosen degree subject is available with a foundation year. You can also use the University’s course database to find out more about the course content, the entry requirements, and other relevant information about our courses. The list of programmes with Foundation is also available below.
Each of the available degree programmes has a defined foundation year. Students study modules that add up to 120 'credits', learning both core general academic skills and subject-specific content that will enable them to enter and thrive in year one of their degree subjects. You can find more about foundation programme modules here.
The fees for a foundation year are the same as years one to three of undergraduate study. Details of the fees and any funding you may be entitled to can be found here.
If you think the foundation year may be for you and if you think you may be eligible, please see our how to apply page.
NN4H Accounting and Finance with Foundation BA
N209 Accounting and Management with Foundation BA
L603 Anthropology with Foundation BSc
L608 Anthropology with Foundation BA
F403 Archaeology with Foundation BSc
V400 Archaeology with Foundation BA
C104 Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc
NN21 Business and Management with Foundation BA
T103 Chinese Studies (with Year Abroad) with Foundation BA
Q805 Classics with Foundation BA
LV00 Combined Honours in Social Sciences with Foundation BA
G402 Computer Science with Foundation BSc
L372 Criminology with Foundation BA
L101 Economics with Foundation BA
X301 Education Studies with Foundation BA
Q301 English with Foundation BA
N308 Finance with Foundation BSc
H104 General Engineering with Foundation BSc (from 2023 entry)
L700 Geography with Foundation BA
F801 Geography with Foundation BSc
F602 Geology with Foundation BSc
L691 Health and Human Sciences with Foundation BSc
V102 History with Foundation BA
T203 Japanese Studies (with Year Abroad) with Foundation BA
M102 Law with Foundation LLB
LA00 Liberal Arts with Foundation BA
N512 Marketing and Management with Foundation BA
W301 Music with Foundation BA
V501 Philosophy with Foundation
L201 Politics with Foundation BA
X120 Primary Education with Foundation BA
C811 Psychological and Behavioural Science with Foundation BSc
C819 Psychology with Foundation BSc
L301 Sociology with Foundation BA
C604 Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity with Foundation BA
V616 Theology and Religion Foundation BA
Enquiries about Foundation Programmes should be sent via the email below.