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Integrated Foundation (Year 0)

If you’re considering studying a new subject or want to develop your skills before diving into a three-year course, then an Integrated Foundation Year is the perfect start, offering an extra year to give you a head start for future success.

After your foundation year, you’ll have a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, a developed practical and technical skill set and the confidence to excel in your chosen degree subject.

You will:

  • Develop technical, design thinking and production skills in your chosen specialism.
  • Learn teamwork, leadership and project management skills through a variety of learning environments.
  • Develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills through the development of unique and innovative projects.
  • Complete your chosen degree over a four-year period.

Integrated Foundation (Year 0)

Course details

Our Integrated Foundation Year is structured in two parts.

In the first 10 weeks, we teach students from across our courses together. You’ll learn fundamental skills, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.

There will be specialist workshops in your chosen course where you will immerse yourself in the creative processes and key skills, building your confidence, within your chosen course of study. You will have inductions to different workshops with our expert technicians.

In the following 20 weeks, you’ll be more focused on your chosen course with your own timetable working with resources and tutors from within your chosen specialism.

You’ll start to develop your own style and approach by building on your emerging skills.

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Entry criteria and requirements

The standard entry requirements for these courses is one of the following:

  • 64 new UCAS tariff points (2 A-level qualifications at grades CC or higher)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 24 points from the International Baccalaureate, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard, which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in-country equivalencies and approved tests.

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you may need to take a recognised language test. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

Choosing your specialism

To apply for the Integrated Foundation Year option, you need to select the four-year course code on our individual course page. You will also be able to read more about what you’ll study in the remaining three years of your degree after your Integrated Foundation Year.

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All undergraduate degrees at Norwich University offer an Integrated Foundation (Year 0) option, with the exception of Acting BA (Hons), Creative Computing BSc (Hons), and Creative Technology BSc (Hons)


Appeals and complaints

The University has procedures in place to allow applicants to make an appeal against a decision on their application or to make a complaint about procedures involved in the application process.

Please see the following documents for details

Norwich Applicant Regulations and Procedures 2023-24

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