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Preparation for Undergraduate Studies

All students on the Foundation Year take a Preparation for Undergraduate Studies course alongside their subject-specific tuition. This course is designed to complement your subject studies, build your academic confidence and provide the foundations necessary to embark on a successful undergraduate degree.

The course is made up of four modules: Communication Skills; Study Skills; Academic Writing and Society & Culture. You will also be assigned an academic mentor, who will hold Academic Development sessions with you to make sure that you are progressing as well as  you (and we) would like. 

Communication Skills

You'll learn how to communicate well for academic purposes, and to build your confidence in public speaking.



You will learn how to read and take notes; how to manage your time; and will gain confidence in independent study



Group lessons in writing for academic purposes are integrated with individual sessions that are tailored to your needs.

Society &


Engage with new and varied topics through a series of invited speakers and seminars, external visits and careers talks.

How is the course taught?

The Preparation for Undergraduate studies is split into four modules, which you will take in your first and second term. You will have one group session of each of Communication Skills, Study Skills and Academic Writing per fortnight, and will also have an individual Academic Writing session every two weeks. Study Skills and Academic Writing sessions are grouped by subject type  - so for example if you are a Biologist, your Academic Writing will be tailored for Scientists, whilst if you are an English student your Academic Writing will be tailored for Humanities students.