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Foundation Year courses


Build your confidence with a foundation year degree.

Start February 2022

Our foundation years offer an alternative route into university and are designed to help prepare you for your degree.

The foundation year acts as an additional year to your degree and, during this time, you will be able to develop your confidence, build your skills, gain an introduction to your chosen degree and get a taste of uni life.

Once you pass your foundation year, you are guaranteed a place onto your chosen course and will enter the first year of the degree programme.

There are many reasons to choose to study a foundation year:
  • not feel ready for your degree
  • not have the right qualifications
  • want to explore a new subject
  • be nervous about returning to study after a break from education.

Whatever your reason, a foundation course could be for you.

Choose from the following career-focused courses

BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management

BA (Hons) Airline & Airport Management with Foundation Year

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BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

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BA (Hons) Public Health with Foundation Year

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BSc (Hons) Computing with Foundation Year

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We also have Foundation Year courses starting in September 2022

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Why study at BNU?

With a 95% graduate employment rate (HESA 2021), state-of-the-art facilities and a top 5 Students' Union in the UK (NSS 2021), we’ve got everything you’ll need to set you on your way to success.

BNU is renowned for our state-of-the-art facilities and innovative teaching methods. When we say ‘hands-on’ we really mean it. From dedicated computing suites and psychology labs to three floors of library open 24/7 and plenty of spaces to study, relax and socialise, you’ll quickly find your feet at BNU.

We also understand there’s more to uni life than your time in the classroom. That’s why we run the Big Deal scheme. BNU is the only university in the UK to offer free access to a huge range of activities to enrich your time with us. From sports and societies, to recreational activities, personal development programmes and trips, there’s something for everyone.

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We’re here for you

Choosing your university is about finding the right place for you to unleash your determination, explore your potential and achieve your goals. We’re committed to being there for you all the way, no matter what, and can help you graduate with the right skills to excel in your career.

As a foundation year student, you can access all the support and facilities on offer at BNU. You will benefit from your very own personal tutor who can help answer any questions around your academic studies and our Student Achievement and Success Team who will also support you in reaching your full potential.

From our Careers Team who can enable you to stand out in the job market to our Counselling Service who can help you work through any emotional or personal issue you’re facing to our Disability Team and Health and Wellbeing Team, there’s plenty of people who are rooting for you to succeed.

Come along to an Open Day

When it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there’s lots to consider. Come along to our Open Day and get all your questions answered. Discover more about your chosen course, take a tour of our High Wycombe Campus, and chat to students about what it is really like at BNU. You can also find out more about student finance, the application process, our accommodation, and the support available at BNU.

We are holding open days throughout the Autumn term, and you choose to attend either in person or online.

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I didn’t feel my skills were ready to go straight into a degree. When I heard about the opportunity for a Foundation Year, I was keen to take advantage of it and get a head start. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done.
Leah Piercy

Contact us

Why not get in touch and we can discuss your options

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