From September 2015, the University will provide integrated foundation year courses in a range of subject areas including sport, policing, entrepreneurship and education to give people that first step up in their academic career.
Professor Sandra Jowett, Deputy Vice Chancellor said: “This is an excellent way for the University of Cumbria to increase access to higher education. We are committed to developing our students to the highest possible standards and our integrated foundation year degrees provide a supportive start to people who might not have been able to go to university before.”
Integrated foundation year students often achieve greater success than those doing the traditional three-year degree with more receiving a First or 2:1 degree classification.
The four-year courses provide intensive support for students especially in the first year when half their time will be spent focusing on the skills needed for successful degree-level study.
This approach provides a solid grounding for those students who might not have the necessary grades for an honours degree programme or are returning to study later in life.
Most of the new courses, covered by student loan funding, will be available at the university’s campus in Carlisle and some in Lancaster.