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, students will progress to the first year of their degree NN43 - Durham University.
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 15 credits. We also expect our students to engage in a further 100 hours of self-directed study (including assignments and tests) for every 15 credits they study. This is broadly in-line with the majority of academic departments across Durham University, although individual variation does exist between departments. The modules of study for this course are: Concepts, Methods and Theories in Data Science Concepts, Methods and Theories in Business and Economics Scholarship in Higher Education Advanced Scholarship in Higher Education Mathematics 2. Years 1, 2 and 3 After the initial year, you should refer to the teaching and learning information for NN43 BA Accounting and Finance. 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.
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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, including Maths. Essential Criteria for younger applicants (under 21 years) Applicants under 21 must have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or higher in Maths. Recommended Criteria for all applicants Successful applicants for this route are likely to have achieved GCSE grades 5 or higher in Maths and GCSE grade 4 or higher in English (language or literature), or be able to clearly demonstrate their potential in these subjects. General Eligibility Criteria All applicants need to meet Foundation Programme: https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/centres/academic-development/study/foundation/eligibility/ Please be aware that Foundation Programme places are in high demand and all eligible applications are considered in open competition to identify those judged to have the greatest potential to give and receive benefit from a Durham University degree course. Applicants may be required to provide evidence in support of their applications and to participate in mandatory pre-offer assessment activities as part of the application process; these usually take place in January and March.
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English language requirements
Durham University welcomes applications from all students irrespective of background. We encourage the recruitment of academically well-qualified and highly motivated students, who are non-native speakers of English, whose full potential can be realised with a limited amount of English Language training either prior to entry or through pre-sessional and/or in-sessional courses. It is the normal expectation that candidates for admission should be able to demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency before the start of a programme of study, whether via the submission of an appropriate English language qualification or by attendance on an appropriate pre-sessional course. Acceptable evidence and levels required can be viewed by following the link provided.
English language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.
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