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Our Foundation Diploma courses offer an excellent transition between A-Level (or equivalent) and more specialised degree courses by allowing you to explore a wide range of disciplines.

We've broken down the steps to applying below.

How to apply

We recommend that you apply by 31 March for Foundation. We will consider applications received after this date but places may be limited.

If you're applying for the International Foundation Diploma, the deadline is 31 December.

Before starting your application, make sure to read through our Portfolio Guidelines, English Language requirements and entry requirements.

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Apply directly to Foundation and International Foundation

If you're looking to study Foundation Diploma or International Foundation Diploma, you can apply to us directly online

Apply via an Educational Agent

We have Educational Agents all over the world to help guide you through the application process

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications. The requirements for entry in 2022 are outlined below. We review these requirements every year so please check back if you plan to apply for entry in 2023 or later.

Entry Qualifications

Entry to a Foundation course usually follows two years of sixth form study, but we also consider relevant and equivalent Level 3 qualifications.

To study on the Foundation course, you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSE or IGCSE passes at Grade C/Grade 4 or above. These should include a relevant Art, Design or Media subject and must include Maths and English.

Due to recent changes in government funding, home and EU applicants who are under 19 when the course starts must hold GCSE/IGCSE Grade C/4 or above in English and Maths to be able to enrol onto this course.

If a student doesn't have IGCSE/ GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/4 or above and they are under 19, then we'll not receive funding. We're unable to enrol applicants who don't hold these qualifications or an acceptable equivalent.

We're unable to accept Functional Skills, Key Skills or ALAN (Adult Literacy and Numeracy) tests in place of Maths or English from applicants who'll be under 19 when the course starts.

You’ll also need one of the following:

  • A minimum of two GCE A Level passes at Grade C or above. One of these should be in a relevant creative subject.
  • Two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/BTEC Extended Certificate at Merit, or a combination of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC Extended Certificate and A Level qualifications.
  • An IB (International Baccalaureate) scores equivalent to CC at A level. We’ll accept the equivalent in relevant individual IB certificates.
  • A BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma Merit.
  • A BTEC/OCR (Tech) Extended Diploma at Merit, Pass.

If you're an applicant from the EU, you must also hold equivalent Level 2 qualifications in Maths, as assessed by NARIC, and an appropriate English Language qualification.

Please note that AUB doesn't request information about criminal records from our applicants.

Qualifications by Country

Austria – Successful completion of the Reifeprüfungzeugnis or Matura requirement is an overall average grade of 2.

Bangladesh - Successful completion of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) with a GPA of 3.5/5 or above

Belgium – Successful completion of the Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs, with an overall result of 5/10 or 11/20.

Bulgaria – Pass Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with an overall average mark of at least 5.0.

China – Successful completion of the Chinese Senior Secondary School Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 65% OR Pass CAFA International Foundation Year with a minimum of 70%.

Cyprus – An overall score of at least 17 in Apolytirion of Eniaio Lykeio or Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Czech Republic – A score of 2.9 or higher in the Maturita.

Denmark – Successful completion of the Studentereksamen with an overall result of 6/12.

Estonia – Successful completion of Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus with an overall average result of 4.0 or above in all subjects, and Riigieksamid (National Exams) with average result of 70% in tests taken.

Finland – Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen with a result of 4/6 (Cum Laude).

France – A good pass (grade 10 or above) in the Baccalaureate. Baccalaureate à Option Internationale / Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement du Second Degré.

Germany – A minimum overall grade of 3.0 in the Abitur Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Zeugnis der Reife / Reifezeugnis. A minimum grade of 10 on the English component of the Abitur will meet minimum English Language requirements.

Ghana – Successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with at least five subjects at grades A-C.

Greece – A minimum overall score of 17 in Apolytirion of Eniaio Lykeio or Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Hong Kong – Successful completion of the Hong Kong Secondary Diploma of Education (HKSDE)

Hungary – 3.0 or better in the Erettsegi.

Iceland – Successful completion of Iceland Studentsprof with minimum of 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language.

India – 55% on 12th standard + 55% on 10th standard (including maths) Accepted exam boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal.

Iran Successful completion of High School Diploma with a GPA of 13/20 or above

Ireland – Pass FETAC: 3 subjects with Merit. Or Irish Leaving Certificate (Irish Highers) grades H3, H3, H4 one of which must be in a relevant Art, Media or Design subject.

Italy – A minimum of 70 points in Diploma di Esame di Stato (formerly Diploma di Maturita).

Japan – Successful completion of the Japanese Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 3 OR successful completion of JCFL Study Overseas Art and Design college program.

Latvia – Good grades (7 – 8) in the Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu, plus a grade 8 for English.

Lithuania – Brandos Atestatas overall grade 6 plus 50% overall grade at state examinations.

Malaysia – Successful completion of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysia Higher School Certificate) with grades BBB.

Mexico Successful completion of the Bachiller/Bachillerato with a grade of 70% or above

Netherlands – Successful completion of the VWO Diploma with an overall results of 6/10.

Nepal Successful completion of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)/Intermediate with an average grade of 60% or above

Nigeria – Successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with at least five subjects at grades A-C.

Norway – Vitnemal: den Videeregaende Skole Examen Artium (with 4 in key subjects including English).

Oman – General Education Diploma with a minimum 80% mark.

Pakistan Successful completion of the Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC)/Intermediate with an average grade of 60% or above

Philippines Completion of Senior High School Diploma with 90% or above.

Poland – Successful completion of the Matura with an overall result of 60%.

Portugal – Diploma de Ensino Secundário / Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundários with an average score of 16.0 in all subjects.

Romania – Pass Romania- Diploma de Bacalaureat with grade 7 or above.

Russia – Successful completion of the Attestat with grade 3 overall.

Slovakia – Slovakia-Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuske with a minimum of grade 2.0 (chvalitebny) in all subjects with the majority at grade 1.0 (vyborny).

South Africa – Successful completion of the South African National Senior Certificate with grades ABBBB/76666.

South Korea – Successful completion of the South Korean High School Diploma with grades above mi (70-79).

Spain – Pass Titulo de Bachillerato with an average mark of 5.5 or higher.

Sweden – Minimum grade of 14 in the Avgångsbetyg/Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola.

Switzerland – Pass Cantonal Maturity Certificate or a Federal Maturity Certificate, or a professional Maturity Certificate at grade 4.

Taiwan – Successful completion of the Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 65%.

Thailand - Successful completion of the Certificate of Basic Education (Maw 6) with grades of 3/good overall.

Turkey – Successful completion of the devlet Teknik LISE Diplomasi or Devlet Meslek LISE with grades of 3.5 or above.

Ukraine Successful completion of the Certificate of Complete General Secondary Education with average grades of 10/12 or above.

United Arab Emirates Successful completion of the General Secondary Education Certificate with grades of 80% or above.

USA – Successful completion of a High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Vietnam – Successful completion of and evidence of Tot Nghiep Pho Thong trung Hoc (Upper secondary School Graduation Certificate).

Have a question?

We understand that applying to university can be a confusing time. We've answered a few of our frequently asked question below but if you have an unanswered questions about any stage of the application process, including MyApplication, you can contact our Admissions team on admissions@aub.ac.uk.

You can also call us on 01202 363225 or 01202 363228.

Applications for September 2023 are now open. We recommend applying before 31 March 2023 as we may close the course to new applications at this point.

You'll receive a confirmation email and login details to the AUB applicant portal when we receive your application. Admissions will contact you with a portfolio request and once this has been reviewed we'll send you our decision. If you’re successful, you'll most likely receive a conditional offer.

If you're 16-18 and living in Wales, Scotland or Ireland and looking for the UK Government to fund the Foundation Diploma course, their advice is to study in the college or University close to where you live.

There are rare circumstances where you can choose a course in a different area, please contact admissions@aub.ac.uk to discuss you eligibility before making your application.

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