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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.


There are five pathways in the foundation year. The pathway you take will depend on which undergraduate degree you intend to study:

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. Kim and Mark as 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 (Sports Management with Foundation Year)

Tuition fees (2018/19)

Home/EU: £9,250
International: £11,220

Tuition fees (2019/20)

Home/EU: coming soon
International: coming soon

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)
  • GCSE maths grade C is required for the Business Management and Psychology pathways; in addition grade C GCSE English is required for Sports Management.
  • Students entering with an Access qualification must have achieved a minimum of 45 credits on their Access course.
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) is required for applicants whose first language is not English.