Foundation Year

Foundation year at Aberystwyth University is an excellent introduction to study at university; from day one, you will be on track to earn a full Aberystwyth University honours degree.


A degree course with a foundation year enables you to gain the knowledge and skills required to succeed at degree-level studies.  In addition, many of our Foundation year schemes offer some flexibility within the subject area giving you more time to decide on a specific subject pathway.

There are many reasons why a foundation year degree is for you:

  • Unable to meet the typical university entry requirements;
  • Unsure of what subject you want to study;
  • Or perhaps you have been out of education for some time and are looking for a career change?

During the Foundation year of the degree, you will explore a range of subjects, develop essential skills such as research and critical analysis, developing arguments and self-evaluation. 

Foundation year students have full access to all campus facilities, societies and everything else that Aberystwyth students’ community has to offer.  You will be supported by the University personal tutor system and have access to Student Support and Careers Services. Funding and availability of student loans is identical to all other undergraduates and you can apply for a place through UCAS in the same way as any other of our undergraduate degrees.

There are few fixed entry requirements, but each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis to ensure that they are right for the course and that the course is right for them.

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Why choose Aberystwyth University for your Foundation year?

At Aberystwyth University, you will be taught by World renowned researchers. You will also be joining a university that scores highly in the National Student Satisfaction survey, in fact we’re the best in Wales for student satisfaction this year alone (NSS 2018).

We are also the only University in the United Kingdom to be awarded University of the Year for Teaching Quality consecutively (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2018, 2019).

Our teaching has been recognised by the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) with the achievement of a Gold Award. These awards and accolades demonstrate that our exceptional teaching and commitment to ensuring a brighter, successful and prosperous future for you.