Our foundation year in management is an extra year of study at the start of your university degree. After successful completion of your foundation year, you can access the first year of a wide range of degrees from Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and Cardiff School of Technologies.
The foundation year is intended to prepare you for your following years of studying, offering you the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence.
Whatever your reason, we welcome you to study a foundation year if you're from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences, including:
If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please see the
International Foundation Management.
Learning & Teaching
You’ll study six units to prepare you for the rest of your chosen degree. Our curriculum is designed to boost your confidence, skills and knowledge to progress onto a degree of your choice.
You will develop transferrable skills throughout our foundation year, such as research and analysis, design and innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurial and verbal, written and visual communication.
You will be fully immersed into university life and the student community from day one. With high progression rates, we work hard to ensure every student reaches their full potential. We also offer specialist support and a range of social activities for you to enjoy.
Our Foundation Year is taught through a blend of weekly lectures, group work, workshops and seminars. You will study six modules, three will be delivered in term one and three in Term two. Each module will have 48 hours of teaching and 152 hours for self-study / independent learning time.
You will have access to course content via Moodle, the virtual learning environment, with interactive learning tools and materials to support independent learning.
You will also benefit from our personal tutoring team alongside your module leader, seminar tutors and Programme Director.
Our foundation year is assessed using a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, in class tests, exams, individual research projects and reflective diary.
Support is available for assessments including revision sessions, personal tutoring and skills workshops run by the Learning Centre.
You will receive a wide range of feedback on your work both verbally and in writing.
Employability & Careers
Our foundation year enables you to progress onto the degrees listed within the ‘Course Content’ section of this webpage.
For specific information on employability and careers linked to these degrees, please refer to the individual course pages.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should normally possess:
- GCSEs (Grades A-C) including English Language and Mathematics or Mathematics - Numeracy at grade C / grade 4 or above
- 32 UCAS tariff points from at least 1 A level or equivalent
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualifications are considered on an individual basis by the Programme Director and may be required to attend an interview.
If you need further guidance on entry requirements, please either contact Admissions or refer to the
UCAS Course Search. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please see the International Foundation Management.
Selection is normally made on the basis your UCAS application form and where relevant, an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found