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Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

You may be a college or school leaver, or a mature student who would like to return to studying.


The pathway you take will depend on which undergraduate degree you intend to study:

Entry requirements

Applicants for undergraduate degrees with a foundation year require a minimum of 48 UCAS points (or equivalent). View further requirement information...

What our students say

The Foundation Year at St Mary’s has been the most supportive and encouraging year I have ever had in education. The transition from A Levels has been smooth and the lecturers have been really encouraging and caring. Francesca (Arts and humanities pathway)
The Foundation Year gives you an opportunity to strengthen your weaknesses, it gives you that extra bit of confidence.
Naz (Education pathway)
The Foundation Year offered by St Mary’s University has provided me with the opportunity to develop and grow as a person, both socially and academically. The teaching is second to none, and the lecturers are more than happy to give you as much or as little support and help as you need. The course leaders have always been more than willing to give up their time to help in any way they can, and always have the best intentions for the students. Liam (Business pathway)