Choosing your degree and foundation year

The Keele Foundation Year is one of the longest running of its type in the UK, well known at national level and with a good reputation in the higher education sector. It has been praised in the past – by education experts from Keele and other universities – for offering “an authentic university experience for students”, providing a genuine opportunity for students to join the University who have the potential to succeed.

We offer an integrated foundation year, which means that you will study a foundation year linked to the undergraduate degree you wish to progress to on successful completion. Therefore, in addition to broad-based academic and personal development, course content is tailored to your chosen degree and the relevant broader subject area, one of the five options below.


business students in computer lab

You’ll learn how businesses operate and the factors that shape the nature of organisations in a complex, competitive global business world. Core topics covered include business and management, business finance and economic data, and the employment lifecycle. Acknowledging the impact of digital developments, we’ll also consider how technology and ‘Big data’ is being used to inform decision-making, improve customer service and create efficiency savings.‌

On meeting the progression criteria of your Foundation Year course you will be automatically progress into year one of your degree within the Keele Business School. The Keele Business School is co-located in new state-of-the art facilities and is home for accounting, business management, economics, finance, HRM, international business, management and marketing programmes. As well as new teaching spaces the building is unique in also being home to business incubator space, meaning that you’ll study alongside innovative companies that are based in the building.



Designed to develop your understanding of broad health-related principles, this course covers numeracy, chemistry for health and biology for health. You’ll also look at how health professionals behave in a variety of settings, beginning your preparations for eventual professional practice. With a large range of modules, from active anatomy to physical and inorganic chemistry, your studies will be tailored to your chosen degree programme.

students in Keele Hall reading text

Humanities are academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture, such as history, law and politics, philosophy and literature. We cover a variety of social and political issues, trends, problems and key concepts, such as power, class, rights and gender. We’ll also examine some of the major cultural, technical and global developments in 19th century Europe, including the independence of states and societies, industrialism and imperialism.

students looking through microscopes

Study core science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, Geology and the Environment, Maths, Physics and Psychology. You’ll improve your numerical and computational skills, alongside the ability to analyse/interpret data and use mathematical calculations to solve problems. You’ll be introduced to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), using bespoke software to present numerical data geographically. You’ll work in the chemistry and biology laboratories, developing your analytical, team working and problem-solving skills and familiarising yourself with essential lab techniques, such as sampling, preparing samples, using the microscopes and recording lab notes.

Throughout your Keele degree you will have access to state of the art science facilities and equipment. Our facilities provide an enriched learning experience and have been designed to offer new ways to learn.

law students

The social sciences seek to address difficult questions and/or answers that might point the way to a more just and sustainable future for humanity. On this course, you’ll learn about the history of social and political thought, studying political and social movements in Europe and the modern world. You’ll cover both historical traditions and contemporary developments, developing your questioning and analytical skills, while gaining a greater understanding of the issues and changing ideas in our complex and ever-evolving modern society.

The mature student experience

In this video, Emily discusses how the Foundation Year provided her with a head start in her academic degree and has given her opportunities to advance her career.