We are making swift strides towards our aim of becoming London’s number one university for sport. The Foundation Year is designed to give you the essential skills you will need to make a success of completing the sports degree of your choice so you become the strong and independent learner that you need to be in order to succeed at undergraduate level.

Why choose UEL?

  • Gain the crucial knowledge and experiences needed to succeed on one of our undergraduate degrees
  • Change onto another eligible course if you change your mind after one year
  • Experience a unique community feel developed by close working relationships between staff and students
  • Extensive range of student backgrounds to help in your personal growth and development

How it works


Choose one of our BSc Sports degrees that include a foundation year

Complete your foundation year

After you’ve completed your foundation year you can move to any eligible degree

Complete your chosen BA course

Complete your chosen BSc (Hons) degree, leading to many employment opportunities. You could even study on one of our postgraduate degrees

Having been out of education for a number of years I thought my chances of going to university was non-existent, then I discovered the Foundation course in Health, Sport and Bioscience which would allow me to go on and study at degree level. The Foundation course was a great entry into the subject I love and gave me the confidence boost I needed to get back into education.

Charlotte King

Respiratory Physiologist

Our Foundation Year courses are perfect for you, if you...

  • Need some extra education to meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree
  • Are not sure if university life is the right path for you
  • Are thinking of re-training and would like an introduction to the area
  • Have been away from education for a long time, or have an incomplete education history
  • Are an international student wanting a year to acclimatise to a new country and settle in.

As well as our foundation year pathway, we also have a foundation degree run in partnership with West Ham United Foundation.

For those interested with working in the community with various sports-led initiatives, our two-year foundation degree might be the option for you.

After you have completed your two-year programme, you will have a recognised FdSc degree qualification. You can then undertake a further one year of study to achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Sport, PE and Development or Sports Coaching and Performance.

Apply to one of the following courses to take advantage of the many benefits that our foundation year programme provides and progress directly on to your chosen Undergraduate degree.

Contact us

If you want to know more about our media foundation courses, get in touch via the email below - we're always happy to help!

Email Dr Anna Robinson