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Technology Foundation Year

Get your career in technology off to an exciting start

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Do you want to further your technology career? Solent’s Technology Foundation Year will provide you with the technical grounding and academic skills needed to progress on to a full degree at the University.

  • The course aims to provide students with a solid grounding in technology subjects.
  • Upon successful completion of the Technology Foundation Year, students will be able to progress on to their chosen full undergraduate degree at Solent University.
  • Students on the Technology Foundation Year have access to specialised workshops, laboratories and IT facilities.
  • Teaching is handled by a team of experienced industry professionals.
  • The University has strong links with the technology industries.
  • Southampton Solent University is centrally located in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, just a short distance from London.

The industry

Most industries rely on modern technology to remain competitive in the marketplace, and as such there are many opportunities for graduates who have received a solid grounding in technology, both generally and in a specialist field.

Southampton Solent’s Technology Foundation Year aims to provide students with a strong starting point for more focused higher-level studies.

The programme

Ideal for those with non-standard qualifications or who are unable to meet the admission requirements on their chosen undergraduate degree, Solent’s Technology Foundation Year aims to help students build their technical and academic skills and prepare them to progress on to a full undergraduate degree.

From engineering or the built environment to computing or media technology, the course aims to provide students with a practical and group-based approach to learning, helping to build a firm basis for a range of degree courses or employment.

Students register for the related degree of their choice at the start of the foundation year and from there will begin to build a solid understanding of the general theoretical and practical aspects underpinning their specialist subject. Students will also have the opportunity to work on a project related to their chosen degree, and may also be able to transfer later in their studies, should another career path appeal.

To aid study, students have access to the many industry-standard facilities here at Solent University. Our workshops, laboratories, and well-equipped IT suites can help students realise the practical aspects of their studies and provide an introduction to the types of specialist equipment used in the workplace.

Solent University’s strong links with industry, and throughout the year students will be encouraged to build their professional network and gain hands-on experience in the workplace.

Next steps

Want to build your knowledge of technology to progress on to a full degree at Solent? The Technology Foundation Year will help you build your academic knowledge and practical skills, providing you with a platform to pursue an undergraduate degree in a related subject field of your choice.

Have you got a question about applying?


Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
40 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
16 UCAS Tariff points

Year one:

  • Group Technology Project
  • Degree Related Project
  • Information and Analysis
  • Technology Concepts and Processes

Teaching, learning and assessment

Small group activities focused on developing practical, professional and transferable skills specific to your future degree pathway.

A mix of presentations, portfolios, written reports and time-constrained assignments.

Our facilities

During your studies you will have access to a range of specialist workshops, laboratories and computing facilities that support the experimental and practical work you will be carrying out.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The skills that you develop on the course will prepare you for degree-level study at the University, while a broad introduction to technology provides a strong starting point for more focused higher-level studies.

The Technology Foundation Year is the first year in the extended version of the following courses:

BEng (Hons) Acoustics
BA (Hons) Architectural Technology
BEng (Hons) Audio and Acoustic Engineering
BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering
BSc (Hons) Broadcast Systems Engineering
BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology
BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Indie)
BSc (Hons) Computer Games (Software Development)
BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Web Design
BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks
BSc (Hons) Computing
BSc (Hons) Construction Management
BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering
BSc (Hons) Engineering Design and Manufacture
BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management
BSc (Hons) Live Sound Technology
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
BSc (Hons) Network Security Management
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
BSc (Hons) Television Production Technology
BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design
BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production

Links with industry

Solent has strong ties to a wide variety of industries, and throughout your degree you’ll have extensive opportunities for building professional connections and getting hands-on experience in the workplace.

Transferable skills

Collaboration, communication and problem-solving skills, as well as valuable academic practice and methods.

Further study

The foundation year is specifically designed to provide the strong knowledge base you’ll need to take a place on one of Solent’s technology-related degrees.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: n/a

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

40 points (for 2016 entry) or 16 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • One A-level (6 Unit award), a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at P, or equivalent qualifications – normally from a relevant numerate or technology subject.
  • Four GCSE passes grade C or above (usually including mathematics and English language) and achievements in Key Skills (where taken).
  • Alternatively, A-Levels or BTECs in other subject areas, a BTEC Diploma at PP or a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP, may also be considered on an individual basis.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS of 6.0 (5.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 80 (19 in writing)
  • PTE Academic 56 (51 in writing)
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


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