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How to Apply 

Applying for a foundation year programme is similar to applying for other undergraduate programmes, but has some key differences. Please follow our advice below to ensure you give yourself the greatest chance of success.

To apply you should:

  1. Check that your preferred degree programme has a foundation year programme by searching the University’s course database. This will enable you to see if your chosen degree subject is available with a foundation year. You can also use the University’s course database to find out more about the course content, the entry requirements, and other relevant information about our courses.
  2. Check that you are eligible to apply. This step is essential because only applicants from under-represented groups in higher education are eligible to apply for the foundation programme. You may also wish to read the Foundation Programme Admissions Policy 2024-25.
  3. If you are eligible and we offer your subject, please apply via UCAS.

Post-application process

Admission staff will assess your application and then may reject your application or invite you for mandatory assessment(s) and/or interview from December. Following assessment(s) and/or interview, and providing you successfully engage with the admission process, an offer may be made. If an offer is made, it can be made unconditional or conditional, depending upon your circumstances.

Please be aware: that Foundation Programme places are in high demand (we usually receive 10 applications for each place we can offer) and all eligible on-time applications will be considered in open competition to identify those judged to have the greatest potential to give and receive benefit from a Durham University degree course; and that Foundation Programme does not accept deferred applications