AUGCYD Foundation Courses

AUGCYD Foundation Courses


Foundation studies are higher education qualifications that can be studied prior to an undergraduate degree programme – or as a vocational option. These serve as bridging courses for those that do not fully qualify for a programme. Each programme has foundation studies – to prepare provisionally admitted students for the specific programmes. Each foundation programme is a two-semester course developed for such students as preparation for their undergraduate programmes of study.
In this programme, the period is also known as a Foundation Semester. The Foundation studies will suit high quality international and national students who do not have the appropriate academic background or experience to allow them direct entry into one of our undergraduate degree programmes or diploma in Guidance and Counselling programme.
The University Registrar and other Admissions staff will be able to give you more information and advice on the application process for Foundation studies.

Available foundation courses

Course title                                                                    Duration
Mental Health Facilitation                                          1 semester
Theories and Practices of  Counselling                      1 semester
Applied Computing                                                       1 semester
Communication Skills                                                 1 semester

Equivalent qualifications

We recognise the following qualifications as equivalent to GCSEs in relation to entry to foundation courses:

  • Level 2 Key Skills/Common Skills or above in Communication, Application of Number, ICT, Working With Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT

  • Primary School Teaching Certificate (equivalent to two GCSEs A-C)

There are some course specific level 2 qualifications which programme leaders will also take into account (where accompanied by required Maths and English qualifications). For specific details, contact the Admissions staff.
For any other formal qualifications which you think may be at an equivalent level to GCSEs, contact the Admissions staff directly and they will be able to advise you further.
Please note we do not accept adult numeracy or literacy as a valid qualification for entry into Foundation studies.

Accreditation of Prior Learning/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning

Students can apply for entry onto Foundation courses without formal qualifications.
If students have a minimum of two years recent and relevant work experience and are able to demonstrate that they have developed the necessary skills to succeed on the course then they can still be considered.
Students will be required to complete a written task which demonstrates their current experience, skills and knowledge within their field of study. Areas will include:

  • use of initiative in directing own work

  • effective time management

  • problem solving using a range of different approaches

  • presenting relevant information to others accurately, both verbally and in writing

  • awareness of current issues within the profession.

Candidates will also need a recent employer reference which substantiates evidence presented for the criteria above (if employed).
For further information please contact the University Registrar on 01713182 or email

Why study a foundation course?

Hear directly from some of our students about why they chose to study a foundation course. All of our testimonials come from students in their final semester of study on a foundation course.
Student testimonials:
I took the opportunity to study Foundation courses at AUGCYD as my grades didn’t allow me to study for either a Diploma or first Degree. By doing a Foundation Degree I can still progress onto a Diploma or Degree course.
I would recommend the AUGCYD Foundation Course because it has the perfect mixture of college study which allows me to interact with my lecturer and university study which encourages independence.