Why choose Buckingham
Study a Foundation course at Buckingham, the home of the two-year degree, ranked in the top 10 for Graduate Prospects (The Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022). Students are at the heart of everything we do: our award-winning small class tutorials ensure every student is known by name and supported throughout their studies. You will love our personalised teaching model, dedicated student support team, and beautiful, safe campus.
Studying a Foundation course at Buckingham will help you bridge the gap between your current qualifications and the knowledge and skills required for our two-year undergraduate programmes.
With our integrated option, you can complete both your foundation stage and undergraduate degree in just three years. This means a faster and smoother transition into university study in a supportive and stimulating learning environment.
Develop your confidence in core skills, such as debate participation, critical thinking and report writing and study subject-related modules that are tailored to give you a solid base of knowledge in your chosen study area (such as business, law, computing, psychology or the humanities).
Featured Foundation courses
“When I studied my foundation course at Buckingham, I was encouraged to participate in class and to do the work and that really translated into my degree now. I really like the small class sizes as they ensure you’re able to ask questions and have a good relationship with your lecturers.”
Meet our lecturers
Joanna Leach, Head of Department, Foundation and Academic Skills
Joanna helped to start the Foundation Department from its inception in 2013. She has worked in further education for several years, developing and delivering bespoke language and literacy programs. Her research interests lie in assessment literacy and how feedback practices contribute to developing academic literacies.
Dr Subhi Ashour, Programme Director and Admissions Tutor
Dr Ashour specialises in enhancing the use of technology to support meaningful learning and assessment; he enjoys creating a learning environment where students can support and learn from one another.
Poyan Pechrak-Manesh, Programme Manager (Foundation)
Poyan is a Programme Manager responsible for the Foundation Programmes in the Faculty of Computing, Law and Psychology. He is also a lecturer in the Foundation Department mainly teaching International Studies and International Human Rights Law. Commencing his lecturing career in 2018, he has gained experience teaching law from A-Level to undergraduate level. Poyan holds a first-class honours in LLB Law as well as a Diploma in English Law. Moreover, he is currently completing his doctoral studies in law.
Priscila Drummond, Foundation and Academic Skills Lecturer
Priscila is a lecturer in Academic English for the Foundation programme. She has experience supporting international students in several different settings, helping them develop the language and study skills they need to achieve their goals.
Your future career
The Foundational team will work with you to develop your confidence and employability skills: from how to present, to building cross-cultural relations.
We will also encourage you to get involved with events such as employability fairs and guest lectures in your future school of study to give you an understanding of the world of work in your chosen discipline.