How to apply

Application form

You need to apply for this course directly to the University; not through UCAS.

The deadline to apply to the existing pathways has now passed, but we are accepting applications for the new pathway in Economics and Finance for entry in September 2021.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7th April 2021.

To apply, please fill in the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences Application Form (Office document, 56kB) and email it to

If you have academic questions about the programme or the application process, please contact the programme director Jess Farr-Cox ( For procedural or administrative questions, please contact

Personal statement

You’ll be asked on the application form to provide a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us about

  • Your experiences of study in the past (whether positive or negative)
  • Your reasons for wanting to return to study now
  • Why you wish to study on the Foundation in particular
  • What you would like to achieve by the end of the course
  • Whether you would like to go on to study for a degree
  • Your interest in any of the arts, humanities, or social sciences, for example books, films, music, art, drama, religion, politics, philosophy, history, sociology, law, or education
  • Your other hobbies and interests.

Admissions requirements

Please note, all applicants to the new Economics and Finance pathway will be required to complete a short essay in a limited time period. Further details, including the essay title, will be sent to all applicants by email on the morning of April 8th 2021.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.* Each application will be judged on its own merits and we are actively looking to recruit students from a wide range of ages and educational, ethnic and social backgrounds. We are looking for applicants who are highly motivated to study on the Foundation and who have the potential to succeed in university study beyond it.

Where a high number of applications are received, priority may be given to:

  • Applicants without prior experience of higher education and/or who do not hold a qualification at QCA level 3 (e.g. A-levels or an Access to HE Diploma).
  • Applicants who have strong reasons for wishing to progress to a degree programme in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Bristol.
  • Applicants from groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education. This may include:
    • Applicants from low-performing schools
    • Mature applicants (over the age of 21)
    • Applicants from areas where there is a low level of participation in higher education
    • Applicants from socio-economic groups 4-7
    • Applicants from minority ethnic groups
    • Disabled applicants

*Please note, although there are no formal qualifications, if English is not your first language, you will need to achieve a pass in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5 or above with a pass at 6.0 for each part. Candidates interested in pursuing the Economics and Finance pathway will need to demonstrate ability in mathematics equivalent to a good GCSE during the admissions process.

For more information on admissions, see the admission statement for this course.

This programme is only open to applicants from the UK and the EU, and the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, not to international students. If you are unsure whether you are classed as a home or overseas student, please see the University's fee status page for more information. The University also runs a separate foundation programme for international students.

Find out more about what happens after the Foundation.


The fee for the course is £5150 in 2021/22.

Student loans and grants

You could be eligible for student loans to help with tuition fees and living costs. If you have studied in higher education before, your funding could be affected. Please contact the Student Funding Office for advice.

If you’re a parent or carer, you can apply for supplementary grants to help with your living costs.

If you are over 60 years old, you can apply for a student loan for your tuition fees. You are not eligible for a loan for living costs, but you can apply for the supplementary grants.

Find out more about funding for the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences.

University funding

You may be eligible for a University of Bristol bursary, depending on your household income.


In order to receive financial help at the start of the academic year, you must apply by the deadline, which is normally in May. You can do this even before you have received a firm offer of a place on the course.

The Foundation is a great way of starting to study. It's an opportunity to explore a range of subjects and practice much-needed skills like essay writing in a very supportive environment.

Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne
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