Understanding Foundation Year Provision

  • Steve Leech
  • Catherine A. Marshall
  • Geoff Wren


This chapter gives an overview of how UK institutions of Higher Education (HE) now offer a variety of schemes to foster wider participation. Although not a comprehensive analysis of widening participation (WP), it is a way of locating foundation programme activity in WP in general. Several pitfalls are described, including how WP efforts often focus on recruitment rather than on the students’ relevant experience.


Academic Department Foundation Programme Entry Requirement Widening Participation Mature Student 
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  • Steve Leech
    • 1
  • Catherine A. Marshall
    • 1
  • Geoff Wren
    • 1
  1. 1.Foundation CentreUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK

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