Is it for me?
A typical foundation year student?
You're aged over seventeen, and come from any ethnic, education, professional or social background. You left school a long time ago…or recently, with only a few or no qualifications. You've spent time working or bringing up family. You can't decide what to study or you think you have left it too late.
This could be the university course for you - we are looking for people who can demonstrate their potential to achieve, with the motivation to complete the course and go on to further study.
This is not a part-time course: you'll need to dedicate 25 hours each week, including two days spent in lectures, classes and studying on your own. It’s particularly aimed at local people in the Bristol-Bath area, though people from further afield are welcome to apply.
Supporting you while you study
We have a University-wide approach to supporting our students, withour wellbeing services to help you look after yourself.
From personal tutors to peer mentoring and academic skills development, find out how we can help you get the most from your studies.
The first Foundation students graduated from their degree programmes in July 2017. You can read more about their stories here:
Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne
"I might be more than 70 years old, but I’m proof that it’s never too late to continue your education. My son thinks that I've got more zest for life since I became a student."
"If you drew a Venn diagram of us all, there wouldn't be any overlaps, this is what makes our discussions so fascinating."
"I love writing essays, especially philosophical ones. It's just like having a conversation with someone!"
"I thought I'd apply, even though I thought I was never going to be good enough. I've been out of education for 34 years."
"There is lots of support available if you've been out of education for a while. I'm so pleased to be back."
"The great thing about the Foundation is how much you learn in such a short amount of time, and how many ideas you're exposed to."
More about our students
Watch our video about studying on the Foundation, made in collaboration with our 2013/14 class of students:
Please note that until 2017, this programme ran at Level 0 and was called the Foundation Year in Arts and Humanities; and between 2017 and 2019, this programme was called Foundation in Arts and Humanities.