In addition to the traditional September intake, The Foundation Year offers January starts across all *Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business routes.

 Upon successful completion, you will progress onto your chosen single or combined honours degree the following September.

The January start point is open to all students and will particularly suit those who are not ready to start in autumn or who would like longer to plan for their studies. It is also appealing to students who wish to complete their Foundation Year in a compressed time-frame (January to September) but without loss of teaching weeks or acceleration of teaching and content delivery. The number of weeks of teaching and number of credits taught are equivalent to the September start.

*Unfortunately we are unable to offer a January intake for the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery degree with Foundation Year and other health-related Foundation Year degrees. 

Key semester dates

  Start    End
Semester One January (induction) (TBC) March
Semester Two April July
Reassessment period Late August   
Progression to year one of degree September  

January intake entry requirements

Entry requirements for our foundation years start from 40 UCAS Tariff points. However, we will also consider applicants who may not have traditional academic qualifications but have work experience or vocational qualifications.

It's easy to apply, just choose which degree you want to apply for and contact our admissions team today.

Call our Admissions Team now: 01782 734010
For international callers, please dial: +44 (0)1782 734010
Please read the FAQ section below for advice and guidance on any specific questions you may have relating to the Foundation Year January intake.

We currently offer January Foundation Year routes into degrees across *Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business. Students wishing to study a health related subject can only apply for a September intake.

*We are currently unable to offer a January intake for the Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with Foundation Year degree.

All of the degrees ran by the Schools listed below can be accessed via a January Foundation Year route. All you need to do is decide which degree you want to study.



International students who do not meet the direct entry requirements for an integrated foundation year course may have the opportunity to study an International Foundation Year stand-alone programme.  You can find further information about this route, including guidance on how to apply and entry requirements here


The January and September programmes are very similar, and both cohorts study a total of 120 credits. Modules will be determined by your degree choice, although modules delivered from January may differ from the modules delivered in September. Both cohorts will take a combination of subject-specific modules and study-skills modules which will provide you with a solid grounding in your subject area.

Student loans are available through the Student Loans Company. Click here for information about undergraduate funding opportunities:

The following information is based on the current advice given by the Student Loans Company (SLC), which may be subject to change.


For students commencing study in January 2022

You will receive a maintenance loan from the SLC throughout the duration of your course. Since you are commencing your course in January, for the purpose of calculating your maintenance loan entitlement, January will be used by the SLC as the start month for each year of your maintenance loan. You will receive each year's maintenance loan, paid into your bank account, in three equal instalments, paid in the following months:

Year 1 - Jan 2022, April 2022 and September 2022

Year 2 - Jan 2023, April 2023 and September 2023

Year 3 - Jan 2024, April 2024 and September 2024

Year 4 - Jan 2025, March 2025 and May 2025

Your maintenance loan entitlement will be calculated based upon the number of teaching weeks in each of the above years. 

Applications can be made through UCAS

If you are starting your Foundation Year in January, there will be limited campus accommodation available and please note that you may be placed in a household of students who arrived at the start of Semester 1. If we are unable to offer you a room on campus, we will support you in finding a room off campus with one of our accredited landlords.  You can find out more about living off campus at 

Enrolment and induction will be online with live online events. If safe to take place, in person events for January starters will take place. ‘Refreshers’ runs in January and should include Student Union events, freshers fair and society recruitment.