Universities have developed foundation year programmes as a way of supporting students to transition into university and to supplement the ‘attainment gap’. These programmes are broadly intended for those who do not meet the formal entry qualifications for their chosen degree and are designed to prepare them for degree-level study. That is, students would typically not be permitted entry to the first year of their preferred undergraduate programme without the foundation year programme.

Studying at a University requires students to develop an analytic approach to study and the ability to reflect on their subject and academic writing skills. A foundation teaches study skills, research, and critical thinking and improves English language and mathematical ability. It also allows students to choose specialist subject modules to support their future undergraduate degrees.

Studies have shown that universities use foundation programmes to widen the participation of students from underrepresented socio-economic backgrounds. They seek to support the development of peer relationships, support academic ability and growth in students’ confidence; prevent students from feeling under-qualified compared to their peers, and aim to provide access to forms of bridging capital that support retention and progression. Overall, the foundation programme is an effective model supporting under-represented students to access to higher education.

Here at Pioneer, we are here to help you get into higher education through foundation programmes. Should you have any queries regarding your university admissions, please contact us at support@pioneeredu.co.uk.