Foundation Pathway

Entry requirements: Minimum 12 years of schooling Full or Part-time: Full-time
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Prepare for your undergraduate degree in Buckingham, completing Foundation & your degree in just 3 years.

Course outline

The Foundation Pathway allows you to prepare for undergraduate study in your chosen School at Buckingham:

  • Business / Economics
  • Humanities
  • Computing
  • Law

You will take some core modules – such as English for Academic Purposes, Critical Thinking – plus specialist Pathways related to your future course of study.

Choose this course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling, have a good school leaving qualification and IELTS of 6.0 or above. Or if you have just missed out on your grades after year 13.

Successful completion of Foundation Pathway will allow you to progress on to undergraduate programmes in the Schools of Business, Sciences, Law or Humanities. Therefore most students can complete their foundation and degree programme in three calendar years.

Modules available on this course

Core modules

  • English and Study Skills
  • Life and Institutions
  • Critical Thinking
  • English for Academic Studies
  • International Studies
  • Research Skills
  • Advanced Academic Skills

Specialist modules

  • Business / Economics Stream
    • Essential Mathematics
    • Introduction to Financial Studies
    • Understanding the World of Business
    • The Economic Environment of Business
    • Decision Making in Business
  • Law Stream
    • The English Legal System
    • Introduction to Criminal Law
    • Legal Writing and Research
    • Introduction to the Law of Contract and Tort
    • Foundations of International Human Rights Law
  • Computing Stream
    • Essential Mathematics
    • Foundation Mathematics
    • Fundamentals of Computing
    • Essential Computing Skills
  • Humanities Stream
    • Britain since 1945: Changing Roles
    • The Business Environment
    • Rise of the Dictators

Full course details in the Curriculum Handbook

On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Certificate in Foundation Pathway Studies.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course are expected to have completed 12 years of schooling and have a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0. Applicants must also have GCSE English and Maths at  Grade C / Grade 4, or above (or equivalent).

International students

We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country.

The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

English levels

If English is not your first language, please check our undergraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our Pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

Selection process

Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.

The Admissions Assistant for the Foundation Department would be happy to answer any questions you may have:

Terms and conditions for prospective students

When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >


Teaching & Assessment

Quality teaching

We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.

High calibre staff

Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.

Teaching methods

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials by highly qualified teachers who are used to dealing with mixed nationalities and vary their teaching methods according to both the tasks and the students.

A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal. It is also the philosophy of Buckingham’s faculty to be available to students outside the scheduled tutorial times and to encourage good working relationships between staff and students.

Assessment methods

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

Preparation for work

All our degree courses combine academic challenge with the transferable skills that will stand you in good stead for future employment. Many of our more vocationally-focused degrees offer the opportunity of work placements and experience in industry.

See the Foundation Curriculum Handbook for further course details.


After Your Degree

The successful completion of any of our Foundation level courses will allow you to progress to an undergraduate degree (according to the specialism of the Foundation level course).

Our Foundation courses will equip you with the vital academic and language skills needed for Buckingham’s two-year undergraduate degree.

Most students are therefore able to complete their foundation and degree programme in three calendar years.


Fees & Scholarships

You may also find it useful to visit the following fee related information on our site:

Fees may increase annually in line with inflation. For details, please see our Fees and Finance page.


On-campus accommodation

A typical room in University of Buckingham accommodationWe guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.

Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.

What’s included?

All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, visit our Accommodation pages or get in touch with our Accommodation Team.

We recommend that all prospective students visit our campus if they are able to, and campus tours include a typical student room. Arrange a tour via your Admissions Officer.