How to apply

You need to apply for this course directly to the University; not through UCAS.

Application form

The deadline for applications to start the Foundation Year in September 2016 has now passed. The application form will be made available once recruitment begins for 2017 starters.

Personal statement

You’ll be asked on the application form to provide a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us about your experiences of study in the past (whether positive or negative); your reasons for wanting to return to study now; why you wish to study on the Foundation Year in particular; what you would like to achieve by the end of the course; whether you would like to go on to study for a degree; your interest in any of the arts and humanities, for example books, films, music, art, drama, religion, philosophy or history; your other hobbies and interests.

Admissions requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course*. Each application will be judged on its own merits and we are actively looking to recruit students from a wide range of ages and educational, ethnic and social backgrounds. We are looking for applicants who are highly motivated to study on the Foundation Year and who have the potential to succeed in university study beyond it.

Where a high number of applications are received, priority may be given to:

  • Applicants without prior experience of higher education and/or who do not already hold a qualification at QCA level 3 (e.g. A-levels or an Access to HE Diploma).
  • Applicants who have strong reasons for wishing to progress to a degree programme in the Faculty of Arts at Bristol.
  • Applicants from groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education. This may include:
    • Applicants from low-performing schools
    • Mature applicants (over the age of 21)
    • Applicants from areas where there is a low level of participation in higher education
    • Applicants from socio-economic groups 4-7
    • Applicants from minority ethnic groups
    • Disabled applicants

*Please note, although there are no formal qualifications, if English is not your first language, you will need to achieve a pass in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5 or above with a pass at 6.0 for each part.

For more information on admissions, see the admission statement for this course.

The University also runs a separate foundation year programme for international students.

If you are admitted on to the Foundation Year, you will be admitted to a BA with integrated foundation year. Find out more about what happens after the Foundation Year.


The fee for the course is £4,650 in 2017/18.

Student loans and grants

You will be eligible for the same student loans and grants as students on an undergraduate degree, provided you don't already have a first degree. You may also be eligible for a University of Bristol bursary, depending on your household income.

If you are over 60, you are not eligible for a student loan to help with living expenses, but you can apply for a student loan towards your tuition fees and grants to assist with living costs.


In order to receive financial help, you must apply for a student loan by 30 May. You can do this even before you have received a firm offer of a place on the course.

Antonette Clarke-AkalanneThe Foundation Year is a great way of starting to study. It’s an opportunity to explore a range of subjects and practice much-needed skills like essay writing in a very supportive environment.

Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne

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