We offer Foundation Years for students who are not eligible for direct entry into our undergraduate degrees.
A foundation year may be the option for you if you do not already meet the entry requirements for your course. Our four different foundation years can each give you a route into several different subjects.
Our language course may be suitable if you are an international student wanting to improve your English Language skills either to meet entry requirements or for using English at a higher level in academic study.
Explore our Foundation Years
Our four Foundation Years are:
- Law, Arts, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences Foundation Year
- Science Foundation Year
- Engineering, Physics/Geophysics/Maths Foundation year
- Engineering Foundation Year (Malaysia)
Our language course is:
Our Foundation Years and language course are introduced below and more detail is given on each course webpage.
International Foundation Year
For EU and international students in Law, Arts, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences
Science Foundation Year
The start of a four year BSc or five year MSc/MChem/MEnvSci for UK, EU and international students
Engineering Foundation Year
Taught at our Malaysia Campus, to prepare students for entry onto our BEng or MEng degrees
Pre–Sessional English Language
Improve your English language skills and use of English in academic study and life in the UK
Law, Arts, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences Foundation Year
The Law, Arts, Humanities, Management and Social Sciences Foundation Year is also known as the International Foundation Year.
If you are a student from outside of the United Kingdom and want study an undergraduate degree in law, arts, humanities, management or social sciences, this foundation year will give automatic progression to your chosen undergraduate degree.
After the foundation year you can study on a three year undergraduate degree or a four year masters degree.
- learn the specialised English language and study skills needed for an undergraduate degree programme
- study topics relevant to your chosen undergraduate degree
- complete just one application to the University
- you will be granted a four year visa which includes the foundation year (one year) and an undergraduate degree (three years)
- you will be taught by supportive and friendly staff, including a personal academic adviser and supported by our dedicated foundation year team
- you will be eligible for University accommodation
- our foundation year award is recognised in other institutions
Find out more about our International Foundation Year.
Science Foundation Year
The Science Foundation Year is suitable if you wish to study a science discipline but do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree. You can study on the Science Foundation Year as the start of a four year Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a five year Master of Science, Chemistry or Environmental Science (MSc, MChem or MEnvSci) degree.
Successful completion of the Science Foundation Year guarantees progression to our degree programmes.
This Foundation Year may suit you if you are studying for A levels in subjects different from the subjects required by the entry requirements of our science degrees. It may also interest you if you are a mature applicant, with skills and experience from employment, or if you come from a part of the world where the education system is different from the British A level system.
Find out more about our Science Foundation Year.
Engineering/Physics/Geophysics/Maths Foundation Year
This Foundation Year is a route onto our Engineering, Physics, Geophysics and Maths degree programmes. This Foundation Year will be suitable if you do not yet meet the entry requirements in mathematics and physics.
The Engineering/Physics/Geophysics/Maths Foundation Year forms the initial year of a four year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a five year Master of Engineering or Physics (MEng or MPhys).
This programme is suitable for students who are studying A levels in subjects different to those normally required for an engineering, physics, geophysics or maths degree, as well as mature applicants with skills and experience from employment. The programme is also suitable for international students from parts of the world where the education system differs from that of the British A level system.
Find out more about our Engineering/Physics/Geophysics/Maths Foundation Year.
This Engineering Foundation Year is a one-year, integrated preparatory course, taught at the University of Southampton’s Malaysia Campus. It is designed to prepare students for entry onto our BEng or MEng degree programmes both in Malaysia and the UK.
Successful completion of the Engineering Foundation Year guarantees progression to our degree programmes, both at our Malaysia Campus and in the UK.
This programme is suitable for students who have not taken Maths and/or Physics at STPM/A-level or equivalent or for students with SPM/O-level or equivalent, with 5 A grades in the science stream, including Maths and Physics.
Find out more about our Engineering Foundation Year.
Pre–Sessional English Language Course
If you need to improve your English language skills as a condition of entry to the University of Southampton this course will be suitable. Our Pre–Sessional English Language Course is also suitable if you have already met the English language entry requirements for the University but want to find out more about the use of English in academic study and the expectations of academic life in the UK.
To apply for our Pre–Sessional English Language Course you will need an English Language level of IELTS 5.0 with at least 5.0 in each skill, or equivalent.
Find out more about our Pre-Sessional English Language Course.