Foundation Years

If you don't have the grades for your chosen undergraduate course, you're not sure which subject you'd like to take, or you're returning to study after some time away, you may want to consider an integrated foundation year.

Why study a Foundation Year? 

Successfully completing this additional year not only guarantees your place on your choice of a range of linked courses, but also that you'll be better prepared for university study.

The Foundation Year may be for you, if you: 

  • aren't sure which subject you'd like to specialise in
  • don't have the right combination of subjects for direct entry into Year 1
  • don't meet the expected requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • are returning to education after some time away.

You'll learn essential skills and knowledge and also benefit from:


Foundation Years 

You can study a Foundation Year at Sussex in the following subject areas:

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International students

If you're an international student from outside the EU and your first language isn't English, you may want to consider our International Foundation Year instead. The course may be for you if: 

  • you don't meet the entry requirements for direct entry into Year 1
  • English is not your first language.

The Foundation Year gave me the chance to get comfortable with university life and learn a wide range of multidisciplinary subjects.”Katie Savage
Social Sciences (with a foundation year) BA, now studying Geography BA

What happens after a Foundation Year

If you successfully complete your Foundation Year, you'll be able to progress on to a range of related (linked) subjects.

You'll find details of your choice of progression routes on our Foundation Year course pages. You will move into Year 1 (just as completing Year 1 leads into Year 2, and so on). 


Life as a Foundation Year student

Many of our students find a Foundation Year is a great way to settle into University life and begin their undergraduate studies. Hear from some of our Foundation Year students below.


Meeting students on the Foundation Year helped me ease into university. I had a chance to understand the standard of work and organisation needed. This will give me an advantage throughout my university studies.”Kadija Khatun
Business, Management and Economics (with a foundation year) BSc, now studying Business and Management Studies BSc


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