Modular Foundation

The Modular Foundation is a short programme for those who wish to experience life as an international student at the University of Exeter where you will improve your study skills and knowledge in a subject related to your academic interests.

Why apply for the Modular Foundation programme?

  • University-style teaching with high contact hours and small class sizes
  • A campus-based programme with access to university facilities including the Library, Sports Park, student societies and support services
  • Regular assessment to monitor your progress


What is the Modular Foundation?

The Modular Foundation combines academic study, intensive English language preparation, study skills and  a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture. It is ideal for students on a gap year who wish to experience university life in another country.

The programme gives you the opportunity to:

  • Improve your language, study and research skills in preparation for undergraduate study
  • Increase your knowledge of academic theory and content
  • Study for one or two semesters
  • Attend classes with students on the International Foundation programme
  • Have full university status

About 40% of classes focus on the subject-based modules that relate directly to your pathway. The remainder consists of tuition in academic English and study skills.

Who should apply for the Modular Foundation?

The course is ideal for students looking to experience life in the UK and improve their English while studying a relevant subject. You'll have the option to study just one or two terms, giving you experience and valuable study skills.

What will I study?

You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a number of subjects, including*:

Humanities, Law and Social Science

  • English Law
  • Film and Literary Studies
  • History
  • World Politics and International Relations

Biomedical, Life and Environmental Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

Economics, Finance and Management

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Mathematics

* Subject to availability

How will I be assessed?

You'll receive advice and feedback throughout the programme from your teachers. You'll also be assessed by a combination of examinations and coursework, including written assignments, practical exercises, group and individual research projects, presentations and problem-solving exercises.

Upon completion of the programme, you will receive an attendance certificate with a record of the grades you have achieved.

The programme does not offer credits, or progression to a degree at the University of Exeter.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

You need to have completed 12 years of schooling (or the local equivalent to meet the same standard) with very good grades.

To find out more about country specific entry requirements contact us now

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 overall (Subskill requirements vary according to the specific pathway)

From 6 April 2015, the Centre can only accept a UKVI approved IELTS test for this course.  Read more about UKVI IELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language level you can apply for our Academic English course.


16 years and above*

* All students must be 17 by the end of their academic year of study, no later than 31 August



When can I start?

Start date Fees

Mon 09 January 2017



Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or by post. Find out more about how to apply.

General, UK and China enquiries: +44 (0)1273 876 040 [email protected]
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