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Degrees with a Foundation Year

Your Route to a Dream Degree from THE University of the Year 2023 


ARU College is the partner college of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), in Cambridge and Chelmsford. ARU is rated TEF Gold for teaching and was voted the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year 2023. 

ARU College offer a Foundation Year pathway onto a huge variety of fantastic degree courses at ARU. A Foundation Year may be the right path for you if you do not have the correct grades or UCAS points for direct entry onto your chosen degree course. We provide more accessible entry criteria compared to direct university entry. If you have at least 5 GCSEs at grade 3 or above (equivalent to Grade E for those taken before 2017), along with proof of either two years of post-GCSE study or a minimum of two years of employment, then you may be eligible to pursue your desired degree through our Foundation Year program.  

The Foundation Year is taught by ARU College teachers and tutors, however, you will be an ARU student with access to all the university facilities. You’ll enjoy smaller, more personalised classes with a blend of subject-specific modules and generic modules designed to hone the transferable skills crucial for university success.  

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Architecture at ARU

Architecture at ARU

“This decision changed my whole life. My time at ARU College was really helpful for preparing me for university as I didn’t have any basis of architecture so it has helped me keep up with my assignments, with time management and to refresh myself a little bit about how to write essays. My favourite thing about my studies so far has been meeting people from different cultures and finding out that I have more in common with different people than I thought I did. Also, in our second year we did a trip to Barcelona which was a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Key Selling Points

University of the Year

ARU are proud to be the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year 2023.  The prestigious THE awards honour ’exceptional performance during the 2021-22 academic year, and reflect ARU’s success in delivering high-impact projects during this period.  

Optional Placement Year

Why just learn it when you can do it? Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers 96% of undergraduate degrees with an additional optional placement year, meaning students can earn while they learn with a paid placement year during their studies. 

Gold Rated Teaching

ARU's 'course content and delivery' is rated outstanding, with our Teaching Excellence Framework report citing 'innovative and highly effective course design and content that inspires students to actively engage and commit to their learning'. 

Business Degrees at ARU

Business Degrees at ARU

Do you want to own your own business, be a consultant or manager, market new and interesting products? Whatever the end goal, a business degree will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills that you need. At ARU College we offer a huge variety of business degrees with Foundation or First Year entry. From Banking and Finance, Business with Marketing, Business with Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management and everything in between.  

At ARU most of our business degrees also include an optional placement year, giving you the chance to spend a year working in industry and to add valuable work experience to your CV. 

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Education and Childhood Studies

At ARU College we offer a Foundation Year pathway to a large variety of Primary Education and Childhood Studies degrees at ARU, including BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies (Graduate  Practitioner). If you’ve always dreamed of a career in Education and Childhood studies, ARU College can help you join the only UK university provider of specialist Montessori degrees and start your career as a Montessori teacher.  

Rachele Acquah Brew – BSc (Hons) Medical Science with a Foundation Year

“Foundation is very good. I think it’s a very good idea because it prepares you a lot for the actual degree that you want to study. My time at ARU College so far has been fun, hardworking, and very interesting. After graduation, I plan to go for my master’s degree and eventually become a Physician Assistant. My advice for students is to come to ARU College, you will have the best time!”

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ARU College - Art and Design

ARU’s history dates to 1858 when the Cambridge School of Art was first established by John Ruskin. Fast forward to today, the Cambridge School of Art offers a vast array of art and design degrees, providing students with a rich tapestry of choices to pursue their creative passions. Starting your journey with ARU College’s Foundation Year sets you up for success in your three-year degree without the need for a portfolio. From exploring design approaches to delving into critical and contextual studies, you’ll build essential skills for your art degree and future career. 

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