January start Foundation Year

We offer a January start for some of our Foundation Year courses. Adopting a blended learning approach (with the majority of learning taking place online, and approximately two weeks per semester on campus), the January start is particularly useful for students wishing to return to education following time out of studying, or who are seeking a flexible approach to their Foundation Year studies.  Successful completion of the January start Foundation Year guarantees progression onto a full-time undergraduate programme on campus.  

Our January start is available across most of our Science, Humanities, Social Science and Business courses. 

How will the course be taught?

Whilst still being a full-time course, our blended delivery model combines live teaching sessions - both online and on-campus - with self-directed study, enabling you to predominantly study at a time that suits your lifestyle. You will benefit from weekly online taught sessions which encourage you to engage with your teachers and peers.  

In addition to online study there will be a series of full study days that you will be required to attend throughout each semester. These sessions may include lab-based activities, group work, review of course and assessment materials studied online. They will emphasise opportunities for you to deepen your knowledge and understanding of your chosen route. 

*Please note: 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) March
Semester Two April July
Reassessment period Late August   
Progression to year one of degree September  

What will the semester be like?

Semester 1 starts 9 January

  • Week 1 (9 to 13 January): Induction. You will be ON CAMPUS for the first week.
  • Week 2 (16 to 20 January): Semester 1 teaching starts with all learning materials and live sessions ONLINE. You are welcome to come onto campus to study in one of our social learning spaces, but you can study from wherever suits you best.

 You will be studying ONLINE in weeks 2 to 5 and 7 to 11 and can expect:

  • 4 x 2 hour timetabled sessions per week (science skills sessions may vary).
  • Self-study materials online to access when it best suits you.
  • Tasks set each week such as practice questions, tutorial preparations, experiments, or working towards assessments.
  • Weekly group session with your academic mentor to check in and learn some study skills.

Week 6 (13 to 17 February): Back ON CAMPUS. All sessions are face-to-face this week. You may find some changes to the usual timetable, depending on your modules.

Week 7-11: ONLINE

Week 12 (27 to 31 March): Assessment week.

  • There are no taught sessions this week.
  • You will find out about the assessments for each module in Induction week.
  • They are completed throughout the semester and can usually be handed in online.
  • Any exams or tests will take place in week 12, (27 to 31 March). Most of these will also be done online.

Semester 2 begins 17 April and runs until 7 July. This semester will follow a similar format to Semester 1, with some on campus activity but most of the teaching being online. We will provide you with an up to date timetable in the first part of Semester 1.

Any tests or exams will take place in this last week.

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. 

How to apply

Waiting for your qualifications? Apply through UCAS 

UK students who are waiting for qualifications/results should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com  

You will find the UCAS code for the Foundation Course you are interested in on the relevant main undergraduate course page, under the "Foundation Year" section.  

Already have your qualifications? Apply direct 

If you are a UK student, already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly on admissions@keele.ac.uk 

Frequently asked questions

Please read the FAQ section below for advice and guidance on any specific questions you may have relating to the Foundation Year January intake. 

  • Digital Learning gives students access to a variety of high quality, on-demand digital resources that students have access to, including Microsoft Sway, OneNote and PowerPoint.
  • Asynchronous Lectures are learning resources such as lecture videos that are made available for students to engage with prior to the associated taught session(s). 
  • Online or in-person lectures involve the live broadcast of a lecturer providing a framework for learning of module content with the aid of PowerPoint presentations, whiteboards and other visual aids. Many lectures will have some interactive aspects and may involve activities for the students to undertake. There are usually opportunities to ask questions.
  • Tutorials and seminars are small group sessions with a member of staff. There is usually much more participation by students than in lectures. There is often opportunity for students to suggest the topics to be discussed, to ask questions and even to lead part of the session. Tutorials and seminars usually support the material delivered in the lectures, often allowing students and/or staff to introduce supplementary material. 
  • Workshops are small group sessions based around an activity. These may be individual or group activities. A member of staff facilitates the session, but the learning comes through the undertaking of the activity. Some 6 workshops will complement the material delivered in the lectures rather than build on it directly. Students are expected to play a full part in - and occasionally to lead - these activities. 
  • Seminars and online discussions provide opportunities for students to ask questions about, and suggest answers to, questions arising from their learning and present their own ideas using an appropriate medium of communication. 
  • Laboratory classes provide opportunity for students to perform experiments and other practical work under supervision. 
  • Team-based learning and problem-based learning are group work classes that are facilitated by a tutor. Students complete a series of tasks to actively learn about a subject. 
  • Directed learning activities are set by tutors and completed by students independently, or as part of a group. 
  • Independent study includes revision, wider reading around the subject, preparation and writing of assignments, preparatory reading, preparation for seminars and tutorials, and developing skills to complement the material delivered in class. Reading lists are provided to help students direct their reading. 
  • Apart from these formal activities, students are also provided with regular opportunities to talk through areas of difficulty and any other special learning needs they may have with their Academic Mentor. 

The January start Foundation Year costs £7000 in January 2023. Following successful progression onto undergraduate programmes, course fees for UK students are set by the UK government. Tuition fees for 2022 entry are £9,250 (subject to parliamentary approval). See our fees and funding page for more information.  

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. 

Please see our January entry Foundation Year A-Z for the full list of courses that offer a January start Foundation Year

All of the degrees ran by the Schools listed below can be accessed via a January Foundation Year route.  

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES:

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES: 

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

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

UK students who are waiting for qualifications/results should apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com  

You will find the UCAS code for the Foundation Course you are interested in on the relevant main undergraduate course page, under the "Foundation Year" section.  

If you are a UK student, already have your qualifications, are not expecting any further results and only wish to apply to Keele, please contact the Admissions Office directly on admissions@keele.ac.uk 

Applying for University accommodation might not be necessary as the majority of this programme is delivered online, enabling you to study from wherever suits you best.

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 www.keele.ac.uk/discover/accommodation/otheraccommodation/livingoffcampus