What’s a Foundation Degree?

What’s a Foundation Degree?

A validated foundation degree is linked to an honours degree with Ulster, giving you the opportunity to continue your higher level education journey from the second year of the course.

Your college Course Director can advise you on linked courses, year of entry, grade requirements and application deadlines.



You’re studying your foundation degree at college but did you know you can access the same services that current Ulster students can?

Consult and borrow Library books in any of Ulster’s libraries on Belfast, Coleraine, or Derry~Londonderry campuses and access a huge selection of electronic journals.

Access concessionary rates and become a member of Ulster’s Sports Centres at Belfast, Coleraine or Derry~Londonderry campuses.

Join Ulster’s Students' Sports Union to be part of a club or represent Ulster University in competitive sport. Membership forms are available at each of the sports centres in Belfast, Coleraine or Derry~Londonderry.

How to Register

How to Register

Once registered with your college, follow these simple steps to register with Ulster University on your validated programme:

  1. Complete your online application under ‘Associate Student’ here: UU Application System
  2. Complete your Online Enrolment to get Registered here: UU Enrolment System
  3. Upload a Photograph for Associate Student ID here: Photograph Upload

Upon completion of the above your UU student card will be sent to your College by November 2023.

Your college Course Director can advise you on linked course(s), year of entry, grade requirements and application deadlines.

Learn more about continuing your studies at Ulster

Registration and enrolment

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General entry requirements

Find out more about the general entry requirements for Foundation Degree programmes.

Find courses

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Undergraduate Prospectus

Undergraduate opportunities at Ulster.


Find out more about fees.

Partnership Managers

Contact details for subject area Partnership Managers.

Library and information resources

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Sports membership

Access Ulster sports facilities as an associate student.

Academic appeals

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Student complaints

Information on student complaints process.