Foundation programmes

University entry through our Foundation programme

Our Foundation programme is a respected alternative to A Levels that is widely accepted by many UK universities. Each Foundation pathway is accredited by Lancaster University. Some of our Foundation subject pathways offer conditional direct progression to top universities.

You can choose from 12 subject pathways, all offering our high quality teaching. In just one year you will develop your subject knowledge, English language and study skills in preparation for your degree.

If you need to improve your academic and/or English language level before starting your Foundation programme we also offer an Extended Foundation programme.

We'll also provide guidance with your university application, to ensure you can get into the best university for you. In 2016, 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

Art and Design Foundation

If you want to work in the creative industries, our Art and Design Foundation course provides you with the perfect basis to start your studies. Prepare for a university degree in art, design or an arts-related subject. Combined with English and study skills, this course provides all the experience you need for further study in the UK.
Location: Brighton

Business, Finance and Management Foundation

The Business, Finance and Management Foundation develops your skills in economics, accounting, finance and management in preparation for undergraduate study in these areas. Live and learn in centres of excellence and entrepreneurship.
Locations: Brighton, Cambridge or London

Business with Law Foundation

If you're considering a career in international trade and logistics, mergers and acquisitions, insurance and underwriting, financial law or international business management, the Business with Law Foundation is the ideal pathway to help you achieve success. You'll study the English legal system, accounting, business and more.
Location: London

Business with Marketing Foundation

The Business with Marketing Foundation is designed for ambitious students seeking a career in marketing, advertising, event management, public relations or brand and fashion management. It offers the ideal foundation in research, campaign development and digital marketing techniques.
Location: London

Chemical Engineering Foundation

The Chemical Engineering Foundation prepares you for a UK university degree in chemical engineering or a related field. You will cover a broad range of subjects on this programme, including core principles of chemistry, electricity and fields, kinetics, properties of matter, mechanics and pure maths.
Locations: Brighton or Cambridge

Computing Foundation

The Computing Foundation pathway is ideal if you plan to go on to study computer science, software engineering or IT related courses at university. The programme includes units in web design, programming and business as well as the core foundation modules. You'll learn from specialist teachers in state-of-the-art facilities.
Location: Brighton

Engineering Foundation

The Engineering Foundation prepares you for a UK university degree in engineering or a related field. The first stage is to complete a Foundation programme that focuses on the academic skills you need for further study. Choose your modules to specialise in either Chemical Engineering or Computer Science and Engineering.
Location: Brighton or Cambridge

Humanities Foundation

If you're interested in studying psychology, media, international relations, politics, geography, English literature or other related fields at university, the Humanities Foundation gives you the skills you need to study for undergraduate study. You will study diverse subjects including psychology, criminal behaviour, research method and more. 
Location: Brighton

International Relations and Politics Foundation

Choose the International Relations and Politics Foundations to learn about modern British politics, political institutions and concepts, key features of global political systems, ideologies and theories. This pathway teaches you to understand a world dominated by politics and globalisation.
Location: Brighton

Law Foundation

The Law Foundation is designed to prepare you to study law or politics at university in the UK. The course introduces the fundamentals of law and politics as well as the core foundation modules in English and study skills. Enrichment programmes let you experience and understand your subjects in a real-world setting.
Location: Brighton

Media Foundation

The Media Foundation is designed to prepare you to study a media or communications-related degree at university in the UK. The specialist course gives you solid foundations in all areas of communication. You will study film, advertising, marketing, media theory, multimedia journalism and more. 

Location: Brighton

Science and Pharmacy Foundation

If you wish to go on to study medicine, natural, life sciences or pharmacy at university in the UK, the Bellerbys Science and Pharmacy Foundation course provides all the academic preparation required to pursue this route. You'll study specialist modules including biology, chemistry, maths, statistics and more.

Locations: Brighton or Cambridge

Unique conditional university offers

Receive an offer of conditional progression from a prestigious UK university, with selected subject pathways, on our Foundation programme. Universities include:

Conditional progression from all Bellerbys Colleges
Lancaster University
Durham University
Conditional progression from Bellerbys London only
University of Greenwich
Kingston University
University of Westminster

What's an offer of conditional progression?

You'll receive offers of conditional progression from up to five prestigious UK universities with selected subject pathways on our Foundation programme. If your academic references and personal statement meet the required standard, and you pass your Foundation programme with the required grades and English language level, you will progress to your chosen degree. 

You can progress to degrees including Accounting, Business, Economics, Event Management, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management and Marketing. To find out more, contact us.

You can also apply to other universities as part of the UCAS application process.

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 or Foundation programme, you can study one to three terms of English speaking and writing to help you get there.

Paulina from Colombia

Bellerbys student discusses the college
“'Bellerbys gave me the opportunity to complete the foundation year in only 8 months, and also the chance to apply directly to university, instead of going to a Foundation programme directly particularly blindfolded.”

Paulina from Colombia - Studied Humanities Foundation and achieved 85%, now studying Ancient History at the University of Manchester