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Foundation programmes

Our foundation programmes might be suitable if you want to study at Kingston, but don't have the right qualifications.

Most are designed for people who learn best in a non-traditional way so are a good starting point for your university studies. They're all about creating a skilled workforce.

View our available foundation programmes or find out the difference between the foundation programmes at Kingston:

Preparatory year for science, engineering or computing and mathematics

If you want to study a science, engineering or computing and mathematics subject, but don't have the right academic qualifications, you can include a preparatory year of study within your degree.

The integrated foundation year provides an alternative entry route if:

  • you have studied an advanced course, such as A-levels, but not in science or computing and mathematics areas;
  • you studied relevant subjects at an advanced level, but didn't get high enough grades;
  • you're a mature student without the formal entry qualifications needed for university; or
  • you want to refresh your knowledge and study skills before starting Year 1.

View our course pages for more information:

The foundation year is taught at Kingston University for engineering degrees. It is taught at Kingston College for science, mathematics and computing degrees.

If you haven't met your English language requirements please see the International Foundation Year.

International Foundation Year (IFY)

The International Foundation Year is for international students who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Kingston. It will prepare you for a wide range of courses in subject areas ranging from engineering, computing and mathematics to science. Teaching takes place at the International Study Centre.

International Year One (IYO) Business and Management

The International Year One Business and Management is an intensive course designed specifically for international students (non EU/UK) who need additional English language and academic preparation for entry into Year 2 of a business-related degree programme at Kingston University.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

This one-year course will prepare you for entry to degree-level art and design programmes.

If you would like to progress to a BA(Hons) art and design degree at Kingston, you can have a pre-UCAS interview for a place at the University (subject to the content and standard of your work). View the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course pages for more information.

Work-based foundation degrees

Foundation degrees are a new type of qualification that let you undertake academic studies while you're employed. Foundation degrees:

  • are assessed partly on work-based learning;
  • have flexible entry requirements and study times; and
  • run for two years full time (or at least three years part time).

Once you've completed the foundation degree, you have the option of taking your studies further to honours level.

Available foundation programmes

Our foundation programmes include:

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