What is Foundation Programme?

Qualification Description

Our Foundation Programme bridges the gap between school and post-school education by developing your academic skills, knowledge and behaviours, which are all essential to higher education success.

Pearson Institute has been a pioneer in higher education for over 25 years and it is against this backdrop that we identified a need in the market for foundation programmes. If you are a student with potential, determination and drive but do not meet our degree programme admission requirements, there is an alternative access route to our range of career-focused higher education qualifications. Our Foundation Programmes comprise a vibrant, progressive and supportive team that offers two programmes, namely the Foundation Programme and the English Language Foundation Programme.

You will develop theoretical understanding of, and practical skills in English language and comprehension, numeracy and the use of computers and technology. You will also learn how to study, conduct research and be a successful student. Over and above this, you will be introduced to the social sciences as an important multi-disciplinary field of study. The core subjects are Student Skills, Academic English, Introductory Mathematics, Development Studies and an Introduction to Computer Skills. You will also choose two faculty-specific elective modules from a range of introductory topics including Commerce (Economics), IT, Science, Graphic Design and Psychology. The programme is designed to offer access to each of PI’s faculties, aligned to the admission requirements of each degree.

What makes our foundation programmes exceptional is the personal, interactive and encouraging teaching and learning approach we use. This involves a blend of Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) within a student-centred learning environment, individual tutoring, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and assessment-preparation based on class activities and practical, relevant exercises. We ensure that you are ready to navigate your future studies better prepared academically and with much more confidence. We also help you develop essential interpersonal and life skills such as critical thinking, self-management, analysis of practical problems, use of technology, collaborating with others and communication.

Much of the success of our Foundation Programme is due to our unique blend of lecture-led learning, Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), our smaller interactive classes and cutting-edge facilities such as campus resource centres and computer labs. Within this supportive environment, you will also start developing essential skills for life as a student and for the world of work. You will learn how to analyse and solve real problems, apply logic, be innovative, work in teams and communicate effectively.

The focus is on gaining theoretical understanding and practical skills in English language and comprehension, numeracy and the use of computers and technology. You will also learn how to study, conduct research and be a successful student. Over and above this, you will be introduced to the social sciences as an important multi-disciplinary field of study. The core subjects are Student Skills, Academic English, Introductory Mathematics, Development Studies and an Introduction to Computer Skills. You will also choose elective modules from a range of introductory topics including Commerce (Economics), IT, Science, Graphic Design and Psychology.