Pre-Foundation programme

Prepare for your Foundation

Study the Pre-Foundation for three terms and develop the skills you need to progress to the Foundation programme. This is a focussed course designed for students who need additional English language and academic support. You will have the opportunity to study core subjects and projects related to the Foundation pathway you are looking to progress to.

This course is taught at Bellerbys College Brighton and Bellerbys College London. Progression options and course content vary by location. 

  • 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.
  • Enjoy enrichment activities, workshops and guest lectures related to your course.

Studying in Brighton

By studying the Pre-Foundation programme in Brighton, you will study three GCSE subjects, with exams at the end of the programme, in:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • and either Business, Art or Media

If you choose Art or Media you will also complete project work.

You can also study for a GCSE exam in your native language (if available at the College).

From Bellerbys Brighton, you can progress to the following Foundation programmes:

Studying in London

You will study nationally-recognised Gateway Qualifications in Business Administration and Mathematics. These are registered with Ofqual and accepted by the UKVI, universities, and schools and colleges.

You will also study:

  • English language to improve your IELTS - 6 hours per week
  • Portfolio project work
  • GCSE Mathematics (optional)

From Bellerbys London, progression options include:

There is also the opportunity for London students to progress to study the A Level programme if they achieve a high academic standard and IELTS 5.5. 


Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Business Administration

This is a nationally-recognised certificate. You will study six hours per week and cover the following topics:

  • Assessing personal learning and thinking
  • Exploring entrepreneurship 
  • Working in business and administration
  • Skills for team workers
  • Using numeracy skills in business
  • Using ICT in the workplace
  • Presenting enterprise ideas
  • Effective communication
  • Personal budgeting and managing money
  • Solving business problems 

Level 1 Certificate in Mathematics

This is a nationally-recognised certificate. You will study six hours per week and cover the following topics:

  • Making calculations
  • Numerical relationships - algebra and ratios
  • Using probability
  • Numbers, decimals, fractions and percentages
  • Money, time and temperature
  • Geometry
  • Using communications data

Studying the Pre Foundation in London allows you to study the relevant subjects for a future in Business or Marketing. As you spend your time developing your knowledge in these key areas, there is a focus on portfolio based work produced in class or as homework. Because of this, there are no exams in Business or Maths.

We have chosen interesting modules that will help you develop wider skills and fill knowledge gaps in Maths and Business.

Pre-Foundation key facts

Minimum age:


Course length: 3 terms
Hours per week 22 classroom hours plus self-study
Term dates: September, January (London only). See term dates
Locations: Brighton and London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 3.5 or equivalent
Tuition fees per term: £7,890 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

Pre-Foundation 18+ key facts

Minimum age:


Course length: 2 terms
Hours per week 22 classroom hours plus self-study
Subjects English Language plus Business project work
Start dates: January 2019
Centre: London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 4.0 or equivalent
Foundation Progression Options: Business, Finance and Management; Marketing
Tuition fees per term: £7,890 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

We understand you may face disruption in receiving your final academic results and English language test in 2020. Whilst our courses are online, we have introduced the following changes so that you can start your journey and we can get you to where you want to be.

For academic results we will take in to account your individual circumstances when assessing academic achievement. For further information about this, please contact your Student Enrolment Advisor or make an online enquiry, or contact your local agent.

For English language tests, we have expanded the list of English tests we will accept for entry to programmes at Bellerbys College. Find out more here.



GCSEs are taken as a course of study before taking A Levels or a Foundation pathway. We offer a 2 Year GCSE Pathway programme as well as a 3 and 4 term programme, offering 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.


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.

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