Pre-Foundation programme

Preparing for your Foundation

The Pre-Foundation programme will help you to focus on the core skills you need to succeed on the Foundation programme. If you need extra preparation this gives you the ideal opportunity to achieve your potential and get to the best university for you. You will study subjects related to the pathway you are planning to progress to and complete projects linked to art, media or business.

Why choose our Pre-Foundation programme?

  • You will gain the academic and English language skills needed to progress to one of our Foundation pathways.
  • Work on projects related to your own chosen pathway in media, art or business.

Foundation progression options

Brighton: Art and Design; Business, Finance and Management or Media

London: Business, Finance and Management or Business with Marketing

Key facts

Minimum age:

15.5 - 17 years (Brighton)
15.5 - 17 years (London)

Course length Three terms
Hours per week 22 classroom hours plus self-study
Term dates: September, January* (London only). See term dates
Centres: London and Brighton 
Subjects: English Language, plus a choice of Business, Art or Media project work. (Art and Media – Brighton only)
English language entry requirements: IELTS 3.5
Tuition fees per term: £7,890
*Start date subject to final confirmation



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A levels or a Foundation pathway. Our GCSE Pathway programme offers students from the age of 14 years an early opportunity to establish the language, learning and cultural skills they need to succeed in the highly competitive world of higher education.

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice. Students typically study three or four subjects with exams at the end of two years.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 70 universities in the UK.