How to apply

Application form

We're finalising the dates for the application process for 2023/24 and we'll update this page when they are confirmed.

If you have academic questions about the programme or the application process, please contact the programme director Jess Farr-Cox ( For procedural or administrative questions, please contact

Personal statement

You’ll be asked on the application form to provide a personal statement. This is your chance to tell us about

  • Your experiences of study in the past (whether positive or negative)
  • Your reasons for wanting to return to study now
  • Why you wish to study on the Foundation in particular
  • What you would like to achieve by the end of the course
  • Whether you would like to go on to study for a degree
  • Your interest in any of the arts, social sciences, or economics for example books, films, music, art, drama, religion, politics, philosophy, history, sociology, law, or education
  • Your other hobbies and interests.

Admissions requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, although applicants to the Economics and Finance pathway will need to have a good recent GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics, or demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge by taking a diagnostic test during the admissions process.

Each application will be judged on its own merits and we are actively looking to recruit students from a wide range of ages and educational, ethnic and social backgrounds. We are looking for applicants who are highly motivated to study on the Foundation and who have the potential to succeed in university study beyond it.

Where a high number of applications are received, priority may be given to:

  • Applicants without prior experience of higher education and/or who do not hold a qualification at QCA level 3 (e.g. A-levels or an Access to HE Diploma).
  • Applicants who have strong reasons for wishing to progress to a degree programme in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Bristol.
  • Applicants from groups that are currently underrepresented in higher education. This may include:
    • Applicants from low-performing schools
    • Mature applicants (over the age of 21)
    • Applicants from areas where there is a low level of participation in higher education
    • Applicants from minority ethnic groups
    • Disabled applicants

For more information on admissions, see the admission statement for this course.

This programme is only open to applicants from the UK and the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, not to international students. If you are unsure whether you are classed as a home or overseas student, or you are an EU student, please see the University's fee status page for more information. The University also runs a separate foundation programme for international students.

Please see the individual pages on each pathway for further information on progressing to a degree, and what happens after the Foundation.

Fees and Accommodation

The fee for the course is £5400 in 2022/23.

Student loans and grants

You could be eligible for student loans to help with tuition fees and living costs. If you have studied in higher education before, your funding could be affected. Please contact the Student Funding Office for advice.

If you’re a parent or carer, you can apply for supplementary grants to help with your living costs.

If you are over 60 years old, you can apply for a student loan for your tuition fees. You are not eligible for a loan for living costs, but you can apply for the supplementary grants.

Find out more about funding for the Foundation in Arts and Social Sciences.

University funding

You may be eligible for a University of Bristol bursary, depending on your household income.

Funding deadlines 

To receive financial help at the start of the academic year, you must apply by the deadline. Please note these are different for the different Student Finance providers and are usually in May, further details are provided here. You can make your application before you have received a firm offer of a place on the course. You can also apply after the deadline, however there is no guarantee you will receive the funding at the start of the academic year. Please speak with the Student Funding team if you have any queries.


Students who have received and accepted a firm offer of student, can apply via the current deadline of 30 June 2022 here. If you receive and accept your offer after this date, you will be able to apply during the later round of applications opening on 17 August and closing 31 August 2022. Please note there is no guarantee the University can provide you with accommodation, therefore we recommend that you consider all options including private accommodation, further guidance and advice is available here.

The Foundation is a great way of starting to study. It's an opportunity to explore a range of subjects and practice much-needed skills like essay writing in a very supportive environment.

Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne
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