Depending on your subject, you can brush up on other skills that you might need. For instance, if you want to study Physics, but your Maths at A level let you down, the foundation year gives you a great opportunity to get your maths up to scratch. You will also become more confident in your own abilities. April Hollamby, who is a third year Marine Biologist says
‘The foundation year was my safety net after A-levels and although it meant studying at Swansea University for an extra year it provided the chance to recap on past skills learnt at school as well as new and more advanced scientific techniques. There was also a variety of modules that I found interesting and ultimately it meant that I have a greater confidence in my abilities to perform at a higher level in my marine biology degree.’
Phil Reynolds, a Computer Science graduate loved his extra year.
‘The foundation year is awesome. Not only did it give me an extra year at uni but I learnt more on that year that any other. Not only does the foundation year teaching set you up well for the rest of the degree but the flexibility of the syllabus means you can learn more industry relevant material. I graduated with a first this year and I now work as a Developer Advocate for Veeqo, and the foundation and degree as a whole set me up perfectly for my dream job!’