Pre-Foundation programme

Prepare for your Foundation

Study our Pre-Foundation programme for either 2 or 3 terms and develop the academic and English language skills needed to start your Foundation programme at Bellerbys.

Who is the Pre-Foundation programme for?

Pre-Foundation is a focused course of study designed specifically for students who need additional English language and academic support and are looking to progress to study our Foundation programme.

Which Pre-Foundation is for me?

3-term Pre-Foundation Programme

This programme is best suited if you have a lower level of English (IELTS 3.5 - 5) as well as needing to gain a Level 2 qualifications that will allow you to progress to our Level 3 Foundation Programme.

You will study the first term of your programme online, whilst in your home country. You will come to campus for the 2nd and 3rd terms of the programme.

2-term Pre-Foundation Programme

Our 2-term programme is best suited if you need to gain a Level 2 qualifications that will allow you to progress to a Level 3 Foundation Programme. You are also able to complete the Level 2 programme in the minimum amount of time, allowing you to progress to our Level 3 Foundation as soon as possible.

You will already have a reasonable level of English (IELTS 5 or above).

Why is a Level 2 qualification important?

To progress to university, you’ll need to successfully complete a Level 3 qualification (either a Foundation or A Level programme).

However, it may be that your previous education is not sufficient to join us directly on a Level 3 course. Therefore, we offer the Pre-Foundation programme at Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) to allow you to successfully show that you have the relevant previous education to move to Level 3 and above.

What are the benefits of the Pre-Foundation Programme?

  • Our Pre-Foundation programme allows you to complete the Level 2 programme in the minimum amount of time, allowing you to start your Foundation programme as soon as possible.
  • If you are studying the 3-term programme you will start your programme online in the comfort of your own home. You’ll be able to fully engage with your tutors and classmates as well as save on accommodation fees. You'll come to campus for the 2nd and 3rd terms of the programme.
  • Bellerbys has excellent resources to support you with your online studies, making the experience interactive and enjoyable.

What will I study on the Pre-Foundation?

Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Business Administration

This is a nationally recognised certificate. You will study the following topics:

  • Enterprise in the Business World – Mandatory
  • Finance for Business – Mandatory
  • Sales and Personal Selling – Optional
  • Introducing Retail Business – Optional

Level 2 in Functional Skills Mathematics

This is a nationally recognised certificate. You will study the following topics:

  • Representing using mathematics
  • Analysing situations mathematically
  • Interpreting solutions to problems using mathematics
  • Coverage of mathematical content in number, geometry and statistics

Your Foundation progression options

From Bellerbys Brighton, progression options are:

  • Business, Finance and Management Foundation

From Bellerbys London, progression options are:

  • Business, Finance and Management Foundation
  • Marketing Foundation

Students who are interested in our Art and Design Foundation and are able to develop their portfolio can be considered for our Art and Media pathway.

3 term Pre-Foundation programme key facts

Minimum age:

16

Course length: 3 terms
Term dates: September and January. See term dates
Locations: Brighton and London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 3.5 or equivalent
Academic entry requirements: A minimum of 9 years completed education
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

Please note: The first term of the 3-term programme will be delivered online.

2 term Pre-Foundation programme key facts

Minimum age:

18+

Course length: 2 terms
Start dates: January and April
Centre: London
English language entry requirements: IELTS 5.0 or equivalent
Academic entry requirements: A minimum of 9 years completed education
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

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.

Foundation

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.

International Year One

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An International Year One course is a one-year course equal to the first year of an undergraduate degree. Taught in Brighton and London, this course prepares you for the second year of a related degree at university.

Join us on campus

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Find out everything you need to know about your journey to the UK and what to expect when you arrive on campus. 

Join us virtually

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If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can either start virtually and join us in the UK later, or study full-time from home.