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Foundation degrees

Foundation degree courses are vocationally focused with a substantial work-based learning element. They equip you with skills and knowledge required by employers, and are equivalent to the first two years of an Honours degree.

Offered on a full-time (2-year) basis, they are higher education qualifications that can lead to a one-year BSc/BA Honours degree.

The foundation degree in Sports Performance is a two-year course taught on campus and gives students the opportunity to progress onto our one-year BSc Honours in Sport.

Foundation degrees at partner colleges

These programmes are not taught on our main campus; they are delivered by local Further Education colleges or partner organisations on a Franchised or Licensed basis. For further information about what it means to be a student on a Franchised or Licensed programme please follow the link for the course you are interested in.

Admissions staff at the partner organisation will be able to give you more information and advice on the application process.

Available courses

Course title Partner organisation
FdSc Addictions Counselling (Franchised) Action on Addiction
FdSc Applied Computing (Licensed) Bath College and Wiltshire College
FdA Early Years and Childhood Studies (Licensed) Wiltshire College 
FdSc Motorsport Engineering (Licensed)  Wiltshire College

International Foundation Year (Licensed)

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is a one-year course developed for international students as preparation for undergraduate study.

To make an application for September 2017 entry, or find out further information about the International Foundation Year.

Or if you have any questions please contact the admission team at

Delivered as a licensed programme by Bath College, an approved partner institution, the IFY is suitable for international students who do not have the appropriate academic background or experience to allow them direct entry onto one of our degree courses.

Read more about what it means to be a student on the International Foundation Year.

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