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Foundation Year 

(2018 Entry)

Foundation Year

Learn a language
1 to 5 years

UCAS code: See Foundation Year course pages

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Course Overview

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Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Students take a combination of modules to a total of 120 credits: core modules, those related to their intended degree programmes after their Foundation Year and some free choice. Modules are worth 10, 15 or 20 credits.

Modules - Year One

The teaching is based on Keele’s standard two semesters. There is a vacation after the first semester’s teaching at Christmas, followed by an examination period.  The second semester begins immediately after the examination period and continues until June, with a vacation at Easter.  The examination period for the second semester begins in May.  

Students successfully completing the programme with 120 credits will be awarded the Certificate in Foundation Year Studies.

Core module

The core module is:

  • Academic Development (10 credits)

Subject-specific modules

Modules related to particular subjects are taken on an individual basis, as appropriate to the student’s intended subsequent study.  Since this is a one-year programme designed for students who will not necessarily continue their studies at Keele, the specific combination of modules taken by particular students is very flexible and may be influenced by the Universities to which they intend to apply.  Available modules are listed in Appendix 1.

Option modules

Additional modules can be taken to bring the total module credit value to 120.  These can be in any subject available at Foundation level and modern foreign languages, subject to timetabling constraints and room capacity.