We offer four programmes: the Foundation Certificate in Arts and Social Sciences, the Foundation Certificate in Business, the Engineering Foundation Year and the Science Foundation Year.
The Foundation Certificates in Arts and Social Sciences and in Business are designed for international students with high academic ability who need an extra year’s study to prepare them for a bachelors degree in an arts, business or social sciences subject, either at The University of Nottingham or another university. You will meet and make lifelong contacts and will benefit from a comprehensive support network.
The Engineering and Science Foundation Year programmes are open to UK and international students whose school leaving qualifications do not meet the requirements for undergraduate programmes in science, including computer science, and engineering. They have been specifically designed to provide you with the best possible grounding for entry into our wide range of undergraduate degree programmes. Provided you successfully complete the foundation year at Nottingham and pass the relevant modules at the required standard, you will be able to progress into year one of your chosen degree subject.
Your teaching will be delivered by academic staff from within the Faculties of Engineering and Science. This will ensure that the foundation course is fully integrated into your degree programme and the topics you cover during the foundation stage are perfectly matched to subsequent stages of your course. For this reason the success rate for students progressing from our foundation programme is very high.
We also offer courses with foundation, gateway or preliminary years. For information please see:
Healthcare Science with Foundation Year (B902)
Medicine with Foundation Year (A108)
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Gateway Year (D190)
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery including a Preliminary Year (D104)
Studying at Nottingham
As a student on any of our foundation programmes, you will be a full member of the University community and will have full access to all the opportunities and facilities the University has to offer.
Career prospects and employability
After progressing onto and successfully completing a University of Nottingham bachelors degree, you will possess a world-renowned qualification which is recognised by national and international employers. You will have had the opportunity to gain a wide range of transferable skills and develop in-depth knowledge. Like all University of Nottingham students you will have lifelong access to the University’s Careers and Employability Service.
If students progress to an undergraduate programme at The University of Nottingham, then opportunities to study abroad are available and encouraged. You can apply to spend time abroad through a number of schemes.
Further information can be found on our study abroad web pages.
Application and interview
Applicants for the Foundation Certificate in Arts and Social Sciences and the Foundation Certificate in Business will need to download and complete this application form.
For the Engineering and Science foundation year courses, if you are a UK or EU applicant, you will need to apply via UCAS in accordance with deadlines set by UCAS. Please contact us for the deadlines if you are applying for the January start on the Engineering Pathway; for guidance, the deadline to start in January 2012 was December 2011.
International students may apply via UCAS or by completing this application form.
For details of University-wide open days, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays