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Foundation courses

University entry through our Foundation programme

The Bellerbys Foundation programme provides progression routes to more than 80 universities and 1,700 different degree courses. With a world of choice, we will help you find the best university for you.

Why study our Foundation programme?

Studying our Foundation programme is a great way to immerse yourself in a subject you are passionate about. During this one-year programme, you will prepare for your degree course by developing extensive academic knowledge, English language level and study skills.

  • You’ll receive up to 8 offers of conditional progression from top UK universities with selected Foundation subject pathways.
  • You can choose from 11 subject pathways, each accredited by the top-ranking Lancaster University and all offering our high-quality teaching. Foundation classes are small, with an average of 10-12 students.
  • Our Foundation programme provides progression routes to more than 80 universities and 1,700 different degree courses including top ranking and Russell Group universities.
  • Benefit from Academic English Skills acceptance in lieu of IELTS for entry to top universities.
  • We offer a wide choice of structured enrichment activities to develop your interests and learn additional skills.
  • You’ll deepen your academic knowledge with six specialist modules related to your Foundation subject pathway.
  • You can benefit from choosing your university while you are in are in the UK as you’ll better understand where you will be studying.
  • We provide guidance with your university application, to ensure you can get into the best university for you.
  • You’ll have confidence that you are going to be successful and get into a top university with our Money Back Guarantee.*

Key facts

  • Age: 16.5+
  • Course length: 3 or 3.5 terms
  • Locations:
    • Bellerbys Brighton
    • Bellerbys Cambridge
    • Bellerbys London
      (Pathways vary by location)
  • English language entry requirements:
    IELTS 4.5 (IELTS 5.0 for October and January start)

Please visit a pathway page to see the entry requirements for that specific subject. If you need to improve your academic and/or English language level before starting your Foundation programme we also offer an Extended Foundation programme.

Our programmes

Unique conditional university offers

You can receive offers of conditional progression* from a number of prestigious UK universities with our Foundation programme. Depending on the Foundation subject pathway you choose and location you study it in, you could receive offers of conditional progression from a range of universities and degree courses. Please note that the letter in itself is not a Conditional Offer from the university. You will receive a conditional offer if you meet all the requirements through your submission of a completed UCAS application. These universities are:

Conditional progression from all Bellerbys Colleges
University of Bath
Durham University
The University of Birmingham
Kingston University

University of Bristol

Lancaster University

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University of Westminster
Conditional progression from Bellerbys London only
University of Greenwich

Money Back Promise 

In 2018, our Foundation students progressed to study at prestigious universities including Durham University, University of Exeter, Lancaster University, the University of Bath, and many more. We are confident that you too will achieve your potential and get into a top UK university. Find out about our Foundation Money Back Promise

*Offer of conditional progression subject to: submission of completed UCAS application, academic reference and personal statement meeting required standard, passing Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level.

A Level


Students from all over the world gain places at top universities with the Bellerbys A Level programme. Develop a deep understanding of subjects, and independent thinking skills valued by UK universities.


 Bellerbys Oxford students in an art life drawing class at the College

GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. If you want to study at a UK university, getting the right GCSE grades will set you off on the right course.

English Language Preparation


If you don’t meet the English language entry requirements for the GCSE, A Level, Foundation or UG1 programme, you can study one to three terms of English speaking and writing to help you get there.

Barbara from Portugal

Barbara from Portugal
“I really like studying engineering at Bellerbys because a lot of engineering things are really practical. We have the facilities and we do a lot of experiments to do the theory but in practice.”

Barbara from Portugal - Studied Engineering Foundation and achieved 93%, now studying Engineering Business Management at University of Warwick