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UCLan offers an integrated foundation year for almost all degree subjects.

Here at the University of Central Lancashire we’re committed to helping you lay the foundations for degree success. If your qualifications do not meet the current admission requirements for direct entry on to an undergraduate honours degree programme, then Foundation Entry could be for you.

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Select the subject of your choice and the Foundation Entry programme will be displayed under related courses.

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What is a Foundation Degree?

We have a range of over 200 Foundation Entry degree courses designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly on to their chosen Honours degree programme.

It also provides an ideal solution if you perhaps chose the wrong A Level subjects, instead of repeating a year at school or college, giving you the university experience from the outset. Many of our Foundation Entry degrees offer some flexibility within the subject area at the end of the first year, giving you more time to decide on your specific pathway.

These integrated Foundation Entry Degrees are different to Foundation Degrees, which are usually offered over 2 years by colleges, and require a further top-up to gain an Honours degree classification.

How do I apply?

Applications are made through UCAS as normal, and can be made at any time of year.

If you have already applied to University this year but have not secured an offer – you can apply through UCAS Extra for a Foundation Entry degree course at UCLan.

Or if your results in July or August are not what you expected – you can apply through UCAS Clearing for a Foundation Entry degree course at UCLan.

We welcome applications from mature students returning to study.

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What support is available?

An additional year of study will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed at Honours degree level, whilst enjoying a full student experience right from the start. You will receive extra support to help with your transition to University life. By applying for a four year integrated Foundation Entry degree, you will also have access to student loan funding for the full four years. To help ease the way, the first year of a Foundation Entry degree is offered at a lower cost - see individual course pages for details on the fees for each specific course and for information about bursaries available.

Will I still get a full honours degree?

When you graduate from your four year integrated degree course, your degree certificate will not mention Foundation Entry. UCLan’s Foundation Entry students often feature amongst our greatest success stories; they are more likely to attain a first or upper-second degree classification and are more likely to progress onto professional level employment or graduate level study than those undertaking a standard three year Honours degree programme.

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Rebecca Spedding

Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) Psychology

Favourite thing about UCLan

I love the village-style campus and the great facilities; especially the 24/7 library.

Top Tip

Don’t panic! Make sure you enjoy the experience and pay attention to information.


Daniel Jordan Senior

Foundation Year, BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development

Favourite thing about UCLan

Since I’ve been at uni I’ve made some amazing friends.

Top Tip

Don’t worry if you don’t get the grades you were hoping for. Although I didn’t get the grades I needed, UCLan offered me a Foundation Entry place, which has prepared me for further study.