Engineering and the Environment

Foundation Year

Foundation Year

Training the professionals of the future

A Foundation Year is a great route to undergraduate study if you have not taken the typical A-Level route or studied the subjects required for entry, for instance if you are a mature or international student. The one-year full-time course is integrated with a 3 or 4-year degree course.

Foundation Year

We offer two Foundation Years; which one will suit you depends on your choice of undergraduate degree.

Foundation Year Engineering/Geophysics/Maths/Physics

Foundation Year Science

Take a look at the table below to find out which Foundation Year leads to your preferred degree course. 


Engineering/Geophysics/Maths/Physics Foundation Year Science Foundation Year                           
Acoustical Engineering Biochemistry
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Civil Engineering Biomedical Sciences
Civil and Environmental Engineering Chemistry
Computer Science Environmental Science
Electrical Engineering  Geology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Marine Biology
Electronic Engineering Oceanography
Electromechanical Engineering Pharmacology
Geophysics Zoology
Mechanical Engineering
Ship Science  
Software Engineering


Why study a Foundation Year at Southampton?

Providing you achieve the required grades on the Foundation Year, we offer you guaranteed progress onto your chosen degree course. Many of our Foundation Year students have gone on to achieve outstanding degree results.

You receive a high level of support and feedback while you develop the skills and principles you need for your chosen subject. You will be taught on campus by university academics and have access to our world-class facilities.

By the end of your Foundation Year, you will have gained:

  • An introduction to the key concepts of your chosen degree subject
  • Effective academic skills for university study
  • An understanding of the demands and requirements of university life

Our Foundation Year courses are also open to International Students. The Engineering Foundation Year is also taught at our Malaysia campus.