The Foundation Programme is designed for students from under-represented groups in higher education, who have the potential to achieve the standard for admission to Durham, but who, as a result of educational disadvantage or disruption, do not have the level of attainment or access to qualifications required for entry to a Durham University course. The Foundation Programme is delivered by a dedicated team of academic tutors from Durham’s Centre for Academic Development (DCAD). Each year it provides places for 100 students and supports them to progress to Level 1 study in over 37 academic subjects from every academic department in the university. The Foundation Programme supports students to develop the skills and subject knowledge required for successful study at degree level. The content focuses on developing epistemological maturity, metacognitive skills, and independent learning, becoming increasingly specialised as the course progresses. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress to the first year of your degree, once you have achieved the grade required for progression. Course Structure The Foundation Programme provides 120 academic credits divided into modules, with 20 hours of taught content and 10 hours of tutorial or small group seminar support for every 10 credits. We also expect our students to engage in a further 70 hours of self-directed study (including assignments and tests) for every 10 credits they study. This is broadly in-line with the majority of academic departments across Durham University, although individual variation does exist between departments.
Concepts, Methods & Theories in Arts & Humanities Scholarship in Higher Education Advanced Scholarship in Higher Education Please note that the list of optional modules available in any year will vary depending on available teaching staff. The lists above provide an example of the type of modules which may be offered.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
This course is not available to International applicants. Any International applicant interested in studying a Foundation programme leading to further study at Durham University should visit www.durhamisc.com for more information.
The Foundation Programme is designed to support UK students (including students with Settled Status) from under-represented groups in Higher Education, who have been unable to achieve their academic potential, to access and succeed in studying an undergraduate degree at Durham University. There are both specific and general eligibility criteria. Specific Eligibility Criteria Essential Criteria for Mature Applicants (over 21 years) Applicants over 21 are required to demonstrate potential for successful study. Essential Criteria for younger applicants (under 21 years) None Recommended Criteria for all applicants Successful applicants for this route are likely to have achieved GCSE grades 4 or higher in Maths, and English Language or Literature, or be able to clearly demonstrate their potential in Maths and English. General Eligibility Criteria Only applicants from under-represented groups in Higher Education, who have not been able to achieve their academic potential, are eligible to study with the Foundation Programme. Evidence of eligibility and academic potential must be provided. Additional academic criteria may apply, depending on the subject to be studied. To help us identify eligible applicants we use the Office for Students (OfS) definition of under-represented groups: “Groups of students who share… particular characteristics where data shows gaps in equality of opportunity in relation to access, success or progression”  Our main priority groups are students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods, Low Income or Low Socioeconomic groups, and from the Northeast Region of England. Low Participation Neighbourhoods We prioritise applicants from Polar 4 category 1 or 2 postcodes. The Polar 4 classification uses the home postcode provided in your application to measure the proportion of people from the area where you live who attend Higher Education. Categories 1 and 2 denote that fewer people in your postcode area attend higher education. More information on Polar 4 and Low Participation Neighbourhoods can be found at https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/young-participation-by-postcode/. Low household income or low socioeconomic status We prioritise applicants who are entitled to Free School Meals (FSM), Pupil Premium funding and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly linked to financial hardship and/or from ACORN category 4 or 5. The ACORN classification is based on the home postcode provided in your application and is a measure of the socio-economic status of the area you live in. Please see the following webpage to see the ACORN category of a postcode https://acorn.caci.co.uk/. Northeast We prioritise applicants who are from the Northeast of England. This includes the following postcodes areas: DH; DL; NE; SR; TS. Overall, applications are considered in the following priority order: 1 Applicants from areas of low participation in higher education (LPN based on Polar 4 data) from the Northeast of England. 2 Applicants from areas of low participation in higher education (LPN based on Polar 4 data) from all other areas of the UK 3 Applicants with low household income or low socioeconomic status (based on Acorn and FSM data) from the Northeast of England. 4 Applicants with low household income or low socioeconomic status (based on Acorn and FSM data) from all other areas of the UK 5 Applicants from mature students (over 21 years of age at the start of the course) from the Northeast of England 6 Applicants from mature students (over 21 years of age at the start of the course) from all other areas of the UK. 7 Applications from other under-represented groups within higher education. If you come from one or more of these groups, you must tell us in your UCAS personal statement. Please note: You may submit a substitute Personal Statement for your application to study.
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Additional entry requirements
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Fees and funding
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