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Degrees with foundation year

We offer a wide range of part-time and full-time evening study degrees with a foundation year which will help you fully prepare for undergraduate study.

Birkbeck is a famously welcoming, supportive place to study. We've been helping people to access higher education for nearly two hundred years, so we're the perfect place to undertake a foundation degree, particularly if you need to combine working with studying.

What is a foundation year degree?

  • These degrees last four years (full-time) or six years (part-time).
  • You spend the foundation part of the degree developing core skills and acquiring key knowledge before moving on to specialist study during the rest of the degree.
  • The foundation degree is designed to build your confidence and help you succeed.

IS a foundation year degree right for me?

A foundation degree could work for you if:

  • you're returning to study after a gap 
  • you have non-traditional qualifications 
  • you haven't previously studied at undergraduate level 
  • you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.