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Pathways to University

Pathway courses

Pathway courses are designed to prepare you for a university degree or further study. Pathway courses are ideal if you don't meet admission requirements for your chosen course, don't have the required language skills or have changed your mind about your career.

There are two main types of pathway course and the type you should choose depends on your level of study. If you want to study an undergraduate degree, but don't meet the requirements, then you should choose a foundation course. If you are a postgraduate and don't meet the requirements for a master's degree, then you should pick a pre-masters course.

The benefits of taking a pathway course

Pathway courses serve as the perfect solution to help you start your perfect degree:

  • If you have just completed high school education or don't yet have the grades to enter undergraduate degrees, a foundation course can prepare you for entry on your chosen course.
  • You will meet and study with students who are also taking pathway courses.
  • Many foundation and pre-masters courses offer guaranteed places on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses to students who successfully complete their pathway course.
  • Pathway courses are setup to support international students. You will learn the language skills you need and also get an introduction to the teaching methods to expect on your degree course.
  • A pathway course can often mean an extra year of study to graduate with your final degree, giving you time to acclimatise to your new surroundings.

Foundation courses for undergraduate students

Search for foundation courses for undergraduate degrees in the following countries:

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Pre-masters courses for postgraduate students

Search for pre-masters courses for postgraduate degrees in the following countries:

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In which subjects can you take pathways courses?

Whilst many foundation courses are combined with some language study, the range of subjects that you can study at foundation level is wide. Subjects you can study also depends upon the institution at which you choose to study.

The type of foundation course you choose will also effect the range of subjects that you can choose from:

  • Many institutions offer 'Year 0' foundation courses, or foundation courses that provide the opportunity to earn the qualifications you require to begin a bachelors degree. Subjects covered in these courses tend to be broad, allowing you to choose from a wide range of bachelors courses upon completion.
  • UK universities may also offer foundation degrees and HND courses. These tend to be available in a wide range of subjects. UK foundation degrees generally take two years of study to complete and offer the chance to progress to the final year of a bachelors degree upon completion.
  • If you want to enrol on a specific bachelors degree, but don't meet the entry requirements of the degree, many institutions provide the option of taking the degree with a foundation year. This means an additional year of study to gain your bachelors degree, but will allow you to choose the specific bachelor degree that you want to study.

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