Foundation Studies (also known as Pathways to Undergraduate) are programmes from universities to better prepare students for undergraduate studies. It is a good alternative if the student does not have the qualifications for immediate entry to a degree course. Foundation Studies at different universities may differ but in general, the course will take one year to complete and divided into subject streams, such as business or science, based on the student’s choice of undergraduate course. The English language support is often a major focus in most Foundation Studies. Upon completion, students may progress to the first year of a degree course.
Here’s a quick look at the benefits of Foundation Studies:
Help Meet Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Studies
Foundation courses from universities are designed to help students meet entry requirements, and many guarantee students who complete (with required grades) a place in the first year of a degree course.
A More Comfortable Pace/Glimpse into University Life
In most cases, foundation courses are offered at the university campus, allowing full access to the facilities, student services, clubs and others. Students get a glimpse into university life but have more breathing space to adapt to a new environment as compared to the demands of undergraduate studies.
Better Skills & Confidence
One year of foundation studies offers students the opportunity to develop skills for tertiary studies in their particular field, students will learn how to complete assessment tasks and how to apply their specialised knowledge directly to an undergraduate degree; students who complete a foundation programme are more likely to adapt and cope better in their first-year tertiary studies.
Improves the Command of English
Components of academic English are often included in Foundation Studies to better prepare students with the level of English required to complete assessments. Students are also given the option to complete an intensive English programme as part of the preparation.
Tailored to your Needs
Although most foundation programmes run for 12 months/One Year, some courses can be lengthened to provide more preparation or accelerated for fast learners. Some foundation courses may even allow students to enter at different times during the year. Best is to check with your preferred universities.